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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 ...

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Classic Gansey Cardigan

from Knitting Traditions
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Classic Gansey Cardigan
Classic Gansey Cardigan Classic Gansey Cardigan
Classic Gansey Cardigan Classic Gansey Cardigan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Ability to work in the round and flat
  • Ability to cable

Pattern Description:

THIS GANSEY CARDIGAN is worked in one piece flat (back and forth) for the body. The first half of the underarm gusset, a diamond shaped piece, is created with paired increases in the body. The gussets are put on holders, the body is then split at the armholes, and the two fronts and back are worked flat separately. The shoulders are joined and the sleeves are picked up around the armhole. The second half of the gusset is created with paired decreases as the sleeve is knitted to the cuff circularly. The neckband and buttonbands are then picked up and workedno seams to sew!

Reading Charts
Underarm Gussets
Raised Increases
A Beautiful Buttonhole

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


Over Stockinette Stitch (after blocking), 18 sts and
24 rows = 4".

Chart G: width: 6.25", length of 3 reps: 4 3/8"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Buttoned Circumference: 36.25 (40.25, 44.25, 48.5, 53.5)"


  • Yarn: Heavy Worsted Weight or Aran Yarn approximately 220 yds/100g hank: 1250 (1350, 1500, 1750, 2150) yds.
  • Needles: Knitting needles size US 7 (4.5 mm) in 32" (80 cm) circular needle for the body and 16" (40 cm) and double pointed needles for sleeves, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE. Size US 5 (3.75 mm) any length circular or straight needles for front bands.

You Will Also Need:

  • Cable needles, tape measure, 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) 1/2" to 5/8" buttons, optional stitch markers