Gansey: a needlework pattern for any craft

The random number generator picked Gansey from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Bookwyrm, one of my Patreon supporters. I should note that this is not a traditional gansey stitch pattern, though I have included a chart that makes it feasible to work as a knit-purl design. (A gansey is a kind of sweater from the island of Guernsey.)

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

sample image for Gansey: a needlework chart for any craft, by Naomi Parkhurst
Gansey: a needlework chart for any craft, by Naomi Parkhurst
  • I see this making a good border pattern, but of course it can also be repeated or mirrored along the horizontal axis to make an allover pattern. (Try it and see what you think!)
  • I’ve made another version of the chart that’s suitable for knit-purl knitting, below.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns (no need to ask). I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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Gansey knit-purl design

Gansey: a knit-purl chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
  • Putting a plain row between every patterned row means that the knit and purl stitches won’t interact in an unexpected manner. Instead, the garter ridges formed by this will make a pattern similar to the original chart.
    It can be worth experimenting to see what the pattern looks like without the plain rows, but I didn’t have the time to try it. If you’re curious, go ahead, and if you do, please show me!

Row 1 (RS): *k2, p1, k2, p5, k2, p1, k1; work from *, k1.

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: *k1, p1, k2, p2, k3, p2, k2, p1; work from *, k1.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: *p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) × 2, k1, p3, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: *(k3, p3) × 2, k2; work from *, k1.

Row 8: purl.