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Traditional Gansey Techniques

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Date(s) - 10/13/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Knitting Temptations


Traditional Gansey Techniques
Workshop Fee: $225
Sunday, October 13 9am-4pm
Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Class Description:
Students 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.
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Level: Intermediate (must be proficient with double point needles, Magic Loop, or working with two circulars)
Class Supply List:
  • Yarn for this class will be provided by Knitting Temptations.
  • One set of four 8″ long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 5 (3.75mm).
  • One set of four or five 8″ long (shorter is OK) dp needles, US size 7 (4.5mm)
  • Optional: 11 1/2″ or 12″ (30 cm) circular needle US size 7 (4.5 mm)
  • stitch markers
  • contrasting 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.)
Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13
Knitting Temptations hosts
A Weekend of
Traditional European Knitting Techniques
with Beth Brown-Reinsel
Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for 30 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She has completed three DVDs and a Craftsy class on Swedish Twined Knitting. Beth loves to prowl the storage section of museums around the world to look at old knitted items for inspiration for her patterns and classes. Her classes are well known for the tiny sampler sweater projects which teach technique within the context of a garment. Her articles and designs have appeared in the major magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth’s website, blog, and eNewsletter can be found at She lives in Vermont, USA and loves New England winters!
Special Pricing of $425 is extended to those who wish to join us for ALL THREE WORKSHOPS!
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