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Beth Brown-Reinsel - Traditional Gansey Techniques

  • Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Grosvenor St, Haymarket Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 5EF United Kingdom (map)

This is a full-day, 6-hour class with an hour's break for lunchStudents will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the classic Channel Island Cast-on, split welts, seam stitches, traditional knit/purl patterns, the underarm gusset, the perpendicular shoulder join, picked-up sleeves, and three choices for the collar. Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Students must be proficient with dp needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars. The class sampler is worked flat and in the round.

Materials to bring: • One set of four 7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 5 (3.75mm).
• One set of four or five 20cm/7" long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 7 (4.5mm)
• 2 oz. plain-textured, solid, light-colored chunky or worsted weight yarn (approximately 80 yards).
• Optional: 11 1/2" or 12" (30cm) circular needle US size 4.5 mm, st markers, waste yarn, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the chart. (If you prefer using the Magic Loop or 2 circulars, bring the appropriate needle.)

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 22

Note: This is an all-day class with an hour's break in the middle, and is held in a venue two miles from the Corn Exchange and other teaching venues. When purchasing a ticket you will be asked to choose which other day/s you would like to attend the marketplace at the Corn Exchange, as attending on the day of the class would not be possible. Food is not provided but is available very nearby in the busy Haymarket area.   

This class also runs all day on Friday.