My Sweater

I have been working on this sweater for quite awhile and I just decided to get it finish it. I have used a #5 circular needle per my gauge, up to the arm gussets and then changed over to straight needles.

The pattern of the chest and back is double moss stitch. I have taken a picture of the imitation seam which appears on the half way mark on both sides. I believe that I had read somewhere that it is added because of a superstition, something about not being worked in an unbroken circle. This might be due to the men who wear this are fishermen and the sea.

The yarn is pure virgin wool, brand name “Lamb’s Wool-Schaffhauser Wolle” 50g/1 ¾ oz. (250m) Navy blue. Produced in Switzerland.

The sleeves will be picked up stitches around each yoke and worked down to the cuff. I will have to undo the neck castoff and do it over with much bigger needles, perhaps #10 or #11. It will not fit over the head!!!


I look forward to seeing this finished as it is already a very beautiful sweater.

correcttension's picture

What a great guernsey! Really even with a nice sheen to it that sets off the stitches. You're right about that side-seam thing. The superstition said that the only thing that should be seamless was a shroud to be buried at sea..... There are other fisherman's guernsey superstitions too - for a long time you couldn't get green wool in guernesy weight because it was considered unlucky to wear something green on a boat.

All the best with finishing it up!

Masala's picture

Thank you for confirming the superstition part! I appreciate it very much.

Kenny's picture

wow, looks good already. Can't wait for it to be finished.

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful work. I, too, look forward to seeing it finished. I admire you for all that purling involved in moss stitch.

herbie74's picture

Very nice! I've been coming across guernsey's lately, and I like the pattern just on the chest/yoke area.

Yours looks great so far!

Bill's picture

Take a look at this sweater yoke... the skull cables!

herbie74's picture

HAH! that is great. I like that it takes a minute to see the skulls.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Bill...I LOVE YA! I'm working on a nautical themed cardigan for a friend and I've been searching and searching for the perfect cable for the sleeve to no avail. The chain link cable from Walker flanking the skull cable on that guernsey is PERFECT and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much for posting!

Masala's picture

Wow the skull cables are terrific!

Kerry's picture

Its' looking good so far, I look forward to seeing the finished sweater. Scarborough is such a lovely pattern.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I LOVE me some guernseys! Great job and I, too, can't wait to see it finished.

potterdc's picture

I am so impressed, Sid! I love that book - I came across it at a Walden Books in a mall in Winston-Salem, NC in the very early 80's, and I'm embarrassed to say that it's dog eared but only from drooling over the sweaters and patterns, and not because I've used it to make stuff! I have made the fingerless gloves. Anyway - this is an inspiration. Maybe it's time to take it out and knit me up a guernsey!


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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice knitting. I adore ganseys and used elements in several project but have never knit one. That book is a good one and I regret that I've never added it to my collection. Someday. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

Masala's picture