Traditional English Guernsey #1

This is a traditional English Guernsey, knitting in traditional 5-ply wool.  They are knitted on very small needles and produce a water and wind-proof fabric.  The patterns differ from village to village and family to family.  Only the top of the sweaters carry a pattern as the rest in hidden by dungarees.  The arms are usually short so as not to get waterlogged and cause chaffing.  Traditionally the wearers initials are knitted in just about the welt.  They are always knitted in the 'round' and the arms knitted from the shoulder down.

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Very nice work!

I've made a couple of these in the past. I've got one on the needles I started in 1986! Yep, it's not finished and it's almost old enough to drink!

The trouble is it's a very dark navy blue so it is impossible to work on in anything other than bright light. I'm almost to the neck and the sleeves are plain.

One of these days.... 

Thanks - I'm picking up this message from my mother's in Devon where the fisherman still wear these and her woolshop still supplies the wool.  I can empathise about the colour.  Perhaps we should try knitting them like the fisherwives used to - sitting on a chair outside the front door - except it might frighten the neighbours.

FAbulous, well done. I should make myself one of those as it's very windy here in Battery Park City. Just the thing for walking the dog & local errands.


Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Hi Martin - How's it going?  I'm in Devon at the moment.  We're having a week with mummsie as there is a local music festival in Dartmouth this week.  Mozart's Requiem was a tad ambitious for the church choir last night and I've never heard it accompanied on an upright piano before!!!! The town is teaming with visitors though - who irritate me intensely as they take over, are loud and pushy but contribute little to the domestic economy of the place. However, I spied a chap in a hand knitted Guernsey this very morning! so I may be enthused enough to start another.  I'll see.