Gansey Socks

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Gansey Socks Pattern


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Knitting: Gansey Socks
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details









Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Ability to work in the round on double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars

Pattern Description:

These gansey socks were inspired by the wonderful fisherman sweaters created in Britain in the 19th century. The construction includes the classic Channel Island Cast-on, a back seam made of a baby cable, starfish and diagonal lines pattern panels, a slip-stitch heel, a Square (German) heel turning, Wedge toe shaping, and Kitchener Stitch for finishing the toes. You can knit three different lengths: anklet, crew, or mid-calf.

The Channel Island Cast-On
German Heel Turning Theory
Kitchener Stitch

Photographs, chart, theory boxes, and schematic are included.


In stockinette stitch: 7 stitches/10 rounds/inch


  • Yarn: Two 100g skeins of Guernsey Wool (246 yards per 100 g skein) or sport weight yarn for a firm, warm sock. You can substitute a sock yarn for a lighter weight sock.
  • Needles: U.S. 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

About Designer

About Designer

BethBRKnits on

Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter sign up.

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