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This featherweight interpretation of the gansey is entirely feminine and perfect for dressing up. The slight A-line is embellished with flattering diagonals formed by small, simple mirrored cables and jaunty tilted blocks of purl stitches. All pieces are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together; a few stitches at the shallow V-neck form a cabled self-edging that’s grafted at the back neck and stitched in place for a quietly perfect finish. Modified drop shoulders delineated by cables yield an attractive detail at the upper arm; the bracelet-length stockinette sleeves keep the look simple and understated.
Vanora’s tranquil texture shifts will be shown to best advantage in a pale color. We used Fossil, but a soft hue like Postcard, Foothills or Bale will work beautifully, too.
1650 (1845, 2100, 2340, 2615, 2855) yards of fingering weight wool yarn
6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Fossil
23 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking
24 stitches & 35 rows = 4” in Right or Left Diagonals Chart, after blocking
4-stitch panel from Right or Left Cable Chart measures ½” wide
One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.
37 (41¾, 46¼, 51, 55¾, 60¼)”; 94 (106, 117.5, 129.5, 141.5, 153) cm circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 6–8” (15–20.5 cm)
Sample shown is size 41¾” (106 cm) with 9¾” (25 cm) ease on model
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Sloped Bind Off
Backward Loop Cast On
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
3 out of 5
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.