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The Gansey Jumper

The Gansey jumper was created in the 19th century as a hardwearing garment for hardworking fishermen.

A jumper that you will be proud to wear and marries beautifully with the Askival of Strathearn bespoke kilt

The Askival of Strathearn Gansey is handcrafted at Askival in the traditional pattern, using the Frangipani 5 ply Gansey wool. The  intricate, detailed jumper   requires many hours of concentration, resilience, and patience.

It is knitted with a tight tension, using complex patterns created by the knit/purl stitches. Has the dropped shoulders; shoulder straps; and underarm gussets to allow freedom of movement.

The specific Gansey wool is not common and is manufactured in a specific way to create a very strong, dense worsted-spun yarn.
Each individual yarn is highly twisted, then five yarns in a high twist are plied together in the opposite direction. The final twist and the number of plies contribute to the wool’s resilience and to showing up the pattern detail.


Please enquire for more information, measurements, and colours

Price £390

Handcrafting the Gansey jumper

I have always wanted to knit an authentic Gansey jumper, as I had always wanted to make a traditional kilt. Now I do!

The kilt can take me a week to construct. Honouring the hand knitter’s craft, the Gansey jumper knitted on a circular or four needles would take much longer, hard on the fingers and a commission should be very expensive.  Any one who has one, must have someone who loves him alot.

The term “hand crafted”, means that I am still handworking the jumper but using the machine needles, similar to the weaver using the weaving loom to assist weaving a cloth.

Using the knitting machine and hand tooling, I have managed to create the traditional Gansey, using the same detail requirements and construction except there is a seam joining the back and the front. The jumper now takes me four days. This enables me to offer commissions and create your authentic traditional Gansey jumper..

This has been quite an intellectual and technical challenge and I believe I have cracked it.

I have the wool, the tension, the patterning, the proportions, the joining, the finishing and I have also learned so much about the machine’s behaviour and to trouble shoot.

Resilience and patience are necessary attributes.