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Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Patterns

by | May 13, 2017 | Stitch Pattern

Knitting Patterns with traditional Gansey or Guernsey textured stitches. Most patterns are free.

Gansey patterns are inspired by the sweaters worn by fishermen around the coasts of the UK which were called ganseys or guernseys. They feature combinations of stitch patterns using just knit and purl stitches.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Carra Sweater

Carra Sweater

This gansey-inspired pullover is knit in pieces with simple knit-and-purl charted stitch patterns. Sizes Bust—33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)”. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Alison Green for Berroco for one of my favorite yarns Berroco Modern Cotton

Free Knitting Pattern for Murrayfield Hat

Murrayfield Hat

Beanie with textured stitches and cables in gansey motifs. DK yarn. Designed by LES BONNETS NÊ. Available in English and French.

Free Knitting Pattern for Guernsey Sweater

Guernsey Sweater

Long-sleeved pullover with gansey textures. Sizes child 10, adult S, M, L. Bulky yarn. Designed by Christiane Burkhard.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Sampler Scarf

Gansey Sampler Scarf

Scarf with sections of textured stitches. Bulky yarn. Designed by Shannon Dunbabin. Pictured project by patknitsocks.

Free Knitting Pattern for Old Way Gansey

Old Way Gansey

Classic long-sleeved pullover designed by Ann Budd. Originally designed to be felted so if you don’t felt, knit to the after felting measurements. One of the free patterns in the free ebook 7 FREE Knitting Patterns for Men from Interweave. Pictured project by alissahead.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Diamond Mitts Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Diamond Mitts

Gansey Diamond Mitts

Fingerless mitts feature a Gansey inspired stitch pattern of purl stitches on a stockinette field. Designed by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence. Pictured project by Chimona

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Poncho

 Gansey Poncho

The poncho is knit in a single long panel that is folded in half and sewn together along one side, with an opening left for the neck. The sideways construction made this look crocheted to me but it’s knit! Designed by Premier Yarns.

Free Knitting Pattern for Drift Cardigan

Drift Cardigan

Classic long-sleeved cardigan by Norah Gaughan features the gansey stitch patterns in flattering lines. Sizes XS-2X

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 Free Knitting Pattern for Arguyle Pullover Sweater

Arguyle Pullover Sweater

Long-sleeved pullover with stitches inspired by fishermen’s gansey sweaters. Sizes S[M, L, 1X, 2X]. Designed by Kathleen Sperling

Free Knitting Pattern for Guernsey or Gansey Scarf

Karin’s Gansey Scarf

This scarf features diamond motifs and other textured stitches. Designed by Tina Hees. Pictured project by jeffmeister

Free Knitting Pattern for The Great Gansey Top

The Great Gansey Top

This pullover tee features a Gansey pattern that’s just a 12-stitch repeat with welts as resting rows. Designed by Kalliopi Aronis. Women’s XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Textured Stitch Wrap

Textured Stitch Wrap

Easy rectangular shawl pattern by Pattons that features 3 stitch patterns repeated to the desired length. Approx 16½” x 65″ [42 x 165 cm]. Available in English and French.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gladys Gansey Socks

Gladys Gansey Socks

This sock features textured stitches like those in traditional Guersey / Gansey fishermen’s sweaters. Designed by General Hogbuffer who named this after Gladys Thompson who wrote the book Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans

Free Knitting Pattern 4-Row Gansey Scarf

4-Row Gansey Scarf

This textured scarf is knit with a 4 row repeat — even including the cables. Designed y Marji LaFreniere

Free Easy Knitting Pattern for Guernsey Style Baby Blanket

Guernsey Style Baby Blanket

Kate McDaid was inspired by the textures of classic Guernsey, or Gansey, patterns to create this easy blanket that knits up quickly in bulky weight yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Baby Gansey Sweater

Baby Gansey Sweater

This Easy Baby Aran pullover features gansey texture stitch patterns and buttons at the shoulders for easy dressing. Designed by Sarah Hoffman. Size 12 to 28 months / 20 inch chest finished size. Pattern is on the Internet Archive.

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Cowl

Gansey Cowl

A quick cowl featuring gansey diamond, diagonal lines and textured motifs with a simple garter stitch border. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Kerry Bullock-Ozkan


Free Knitting Pattern for Battersea Top

Battersea Top

Short-sleeved pullover features a curved hemline, boat-neck neckline and traditional fisherman gansey motifs on the yoke. Designed by Valérie Miller. Sizes 34 (35.5, 37, 39, 41, 42.5).

Free Knitting Pattern for Buttonbox Vest

Buttonbox Vest

Elizabeth McCarten’s vest features a modified gansey pattern with french knots and pockets. Knitters have customized this pattern for other stitch textures, without the pockets, or deeper shawl collar. Great range of sizes XS/S-3X. Pictured project by Tricodentelle

Free Knitting Pattern for Gansey Hat

Gansey Hat

This easy pompom beanie hat is sized for children but some knitters have adapted for adults by adding repeats. Designed by Christiane Burkhard of LISMI Knits

Free knitting pattern for easy Pern top


Norah Gaughan’s easy tee top re-interprets the traditional fisherman’s gansey with easy slipped stitch rib, garter details, and a generous hem. XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X

Free Knitting Pattern for McDreamy Jumper

McDreamy Jumper

This pullover has a textured Gansey-style yoke and buttons along the edge of the raglan sleeve for easy dressing. Sizes 1/3 – 6/9 – 12/18 months (2 – 3/4) years. Designed by DROPS Design. Available in many languages. Pictured project by Fraugee728.

Free Knitting Pattern for Treads Tipless Gloves

Treads Tipless Gloves

Victoria Anne Baker’s Gansey-inspired unisex gloves feature the linen ridge stitch that inspired the name of the pattern that can easily be modified to make full-fingered gloves, fingerless mitts, or even mittens.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Gansey Leg Warmers

Gansey Leg Warmers

With gansey inspired diamond and star motifs. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Courtney Kelley. Pictured project by gnomie71

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Gorgeous Gansey Textures ebook

Gorgeous Gansey Textures Collection

This collection includes 6 knitting patterns for pullover sweaters featuring gansey motifs. At least 5 are downloadable. Detailed information on each pattern at the link below.

Knitting Pattern for Nordkapp Hoodie

Nordkapp Hoodie

Long-sleeved hooded pullover sweater features textured patterns reminiscent of Gansey stitches. Sizes Woman’s S through 2XL.

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Knitting pattern for Gansey Afghan and more sampler throw knitting patterns

Gansey Afghan

Five different stitch patterns are repeated in row sections in this fishermen’s sweater style afghan. Finished size is approximately 44″ x 50″.

Knitting Pattern for She's Electric Skirt

She’s Electric Skirt

This Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt takes the gansey textured designs and adapts them to Aztec design to create a skirt that can be adapted for all times of the year. Sizes XS-1X to fit 31-49″ Hips

Knitting Pattern for Gansey Stole

Gansey Stole

Cozy scarf or shawl features a variety of stitch patterns. Finished size is 19″ x 70″

Gansey Workbook

Gansey Workbook

Elizabeth Lovick provides instruction and at least 6 patterns in this workbook.

Knitting Pattern for Ganz Shawl

Ganz Shawl

Ganz is a slightly asymmetrical triangular shawl that begins with a cable and gansey panel. Stitches are picked up on the long side of the panel to work the stockinette stitch body.

Knitting Pattern for River Forest Gansey Sweater

River Forest Gansey Sweater

Handknit Holidays coverThis long-sleeved pullover features Tree of Life and basketweave gansey stitches. Sized to fit child to adult. Chest 25, 29, 33, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inchesOne of the more than 50 patterns in Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick (Author) and Susan Pittard (Photographer). Pictured project by eileenwh

Knitting Pattern Easy Blankie for Baby

Blankie for Baby

Easy baby blanket is created with just knit and purl stitches. Quick knit in chunky yarn.

Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!


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