Clive's gansey

My partner Clive knitted this Elizabeth Zimmermann Gaffer's Gansey for himself in 8ply (DK)wool using 3.25mm needles. He is not a member of MWK so asked me to put it in my blog.

Image icon PC070003.jpg118.01 KB
Image icon PC070004.jpg145.67 KB


Bill's picture

How wonderful that you and your partner can share knitting time!

chipsir's picture

This is a very handsome sweater indeed, he (your partner) has done a wonderful job. I sometimes wonder if my guy will get beyond scarves and hats, oh well he is handy with a hammer and is building me a new kitchen lol.

Kerry's picture

Clive doesn't knit often but he is a perfectionist, unlike me. Sometimes I wish he was handy with a hammer LOL.

ronhuber's picture

So much talent in one family!!! Isn't that great. The gansey is stupendous and it looks great on him.

Kerry's picture

It does look good, and because of the needle size has made a tight fabric which will be so warm in the winter.

Buck Strong's picture


To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

Kerry's picture

Clive is away on tour much of the time, he is a singer, but our favourite knitting areas are at opposite ends of the house :)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a lovely pattern and Clive did a great job knitting it up. Thanks to both of you for sharing it.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

CLABBERS's picture

Truly a stunning scarf. I really like the neckline. Can the pattern be purchased online or is it one you found in one of Elizabeth's books?


james's picture

The pattern for Gaffer's Gansey can be purchased from Schoolhouse Press. Be forewarned, though, it begins with an error. There's no way to make a k2, p2 ribbing with p2, k2, p2 side seams directly opposing each other. I cast-on for this sweater this past summer at Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp. I pulled my hair out assuming something was wrong with me. But it wasn't me. It's the pattern. Once you can find a way to rectify that, it's smooth sailing from there. A very fun knit.

james's picture

Looks fantastic! The "musician" stitch pattern of the yoke is all the more appropriate knowing he is a singer! As a cellist, I couldn't resist a gansey stitch called "musician"!

michaelpthompson's picture

That's way cool. A gansey is on my list, but I'm still working my way up to it.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Masala's picture

Stunning and very beautiful!!!

kiwiknitter's picture

A gorgeous gansey! I like the pattern which shows very well in the lighter colour. Clive has done a great job and can be proud of this jumper. I think that if he is going to produce such beautiful knitwear he needs to join MWK!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Bill Carl's picture

Just great. I can't wait to start mine. It make me want to do one even more.