Gansey Workshop

The "Traditionalknitting" Yahoo group is hosting a Gansey Workshop by Elizabeth Lovick of Orkney. (Go to and search for traditionalknitting.)

I downloaded the pattern for two pillow covers last night, and started -- this is what I've done so far -- I'm using the Jamieson's Aran yarn (100% Shetland) on 4 mm needles.

Looks good -- but I think I goofed in that when I cast on, I didn't do the "knit one row" back to "finish" the cast on -- so my bottom will not match the sides -- not to worry -- I'll do the top the same, and it will become a "design feature".

My pillow will be larger than the 12" as designed -- when I've finished, I'll block and press and stand back 6' to see if I like how the pattern shows up at this tension.

I'm using my long dp needles and knitting belt -- I really like how this works and will be knitting my next fair isle using these traditional tools. I just have to decide on which one to knit -- it should be the Alcea Pullover from the new Simply Shetland 3 book -- because I think this is a gorgeous design! But then again, I really liked knitting Erin, just for me for no other reason......hubby says, why not start two -- gotta love a guy like that!


  1. Well THAT sounds like fun! I'm just going to hop right on over to that website now and sign up, too. I've wanted to knit a gansey for a while and this seems like a good place to start. My tired couches can use some pillows anyway :-)

  2. Sounds like a great knit! I should pop on over to the site too.

    Oooo, I do vote for Alcea as your next FI project!

  3. 1 down, the rest of the world to convert to my style of knitting. Bwa-ha-ha!!
    I'm glad that it works for you Anne - do you find it any faster?


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