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Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for GUERNSEYS, GANSEYS (FISHERMAN KNITS)

These are beautiful sweaters and scarves that have patterns of all different combinations of cable stitches, seed stitches, popcorn stitches and many, many more. I think are much more fun to make than old color knitting. The pictures that I am showing on the blog today come from RAVELRY.com, a place all stitchers should visit often. I DID NOT MAKE THEM, however later in the challenge you will see some scarves I did in the style. My husband keeps moaning about where his sweater that I have the yarn for but haven't started. As you can see the style is not just for sweaters but works up nicely in hats, mittens, scarves, etc. CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE, CLICK ON TITLE OF PICTURE TO GO TO PATTERN AND DESCRIPTION. These patterns are not free.

HAT AND MITTENS



AFGHAN


BABY COAT

Legend has it that this style of knitting was started in the Aran Islands. The sad story is that wives and mothers knitted different patterns in their husbands, sons and children's sweaters so that they might identify their bodies after a fishing accident or drowning. Today they are beautiful pieces of knitting craft design, some of the most famous by Alice Starmore.

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5 comments:

  1. Aran and fisherman knit I'm familiar with, but I'd never heard it called Guernseys. I thought that was reserved for bovines.

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  2. Beautiful work. I really wish my fingers would allow me to knit. I'm surprised they allow me to crochet. If you're interested, all of my A-Z Challenge blogs are located here: http://myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love the patterns of Guernseys and Aran knits. The story is sad but a practical solution to the reality of their harsh life at sea.

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  4. I love knitting. I just seldom seem to find time anymore to knit.

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