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Excellent starting point for Gansey knitting
on 8 June 2013
This is very well illustrated, has detailed photographs and lots of information for a knitter new to ganseys to get started. This is not for beginner knitter as it assumed that the knitter has basic skills and is comfortable working on double pointed needles and/or circular needles.
There is a brief history of gansey knitting and the difference between shaped armholes and gussets. There is a section on the yarn used, needles etc and how to measure a garment being knit in the round. The first sweater is a basic man's sweater with little patterning and is based on an everyday work design and has underarm gussets. The secound pattern is a ladies design with vertical panels and shaped underarms. The remaining patterns are based on traditional styles found around the coast of the UK and all are well illustrated and with charts. The next section of the book is motifs and other stitch patterns which are photographed and charted. Finally initials are charted out and yarn sources and a short bibliography. The sweaters in the book are knit with German yarns which might be hard to find so the author has suggested American and the traditional gansey English yarns and the needles that would normally be used.
There are other books on Amazon on this topic and for more info I have used: Knitting Ganseys andPatterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace). While both of them are very good this one seems easier for the beginner to this topic as there are more photos and diagrams.