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.
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Handcrafting the Gansey jumper
I have always wanted to knit an authentic Gansey jumper, as I had always wanted to create a traditional kilt. Now I do!
Like the tailored kilt, the handcrafted Gansey is an artistic creation of high aesthetic worth.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
To create the Askival Gansey, like the kilt, has required the Head’s careful research and planning, calculations, and resourcefulness. Resilience and patience are truly necessary attributes.
The Head and the Hands then work together to create the craftman and if the
Heart joins in, the Gansey comes to life, looks and feels wonderful, and is a work of art. To be cherished and worn with pride.