Gansey Sweater: Knitting Preview September 9, 2023

Eve Conroy © Gansay sweater Model: Ella Thomas @ Colours Agency Hair and Make-up: Kat McSwein @ Colours Agency Photographed at Macdonald Houstoun House, Pic: Eve Conroy

We have a modern take on the traditional gansey this week.

Our gansey-inspired sweater is worked in a DK yarn for a lighter feel and instructions are given for six sizes ranging from 78/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 127/132 cm (50/52) ins. Actual size is around 17/12 cm (6½/4½ ins) bigger which gives a comfortable fit.

The design is unisex making it suitable for everyone.

We have worked our gansey in Style craft Life DK in the shade Mustard (2496). This is an acrylic and wool mix which is comfortable to wear but practical, too. There is a good selection of colours to choose from if you prefer something else.

To find out more about the yarn and local stockists, visit

Difficulty Level

Close up of sweater Pic: Eve Conroy

Pic: Eve Conroy

We have graded our gansey-inspired sweater as intermediate.

The diamond panel is worked over a 13 sts and 12-row pattern and alternated with blackberry stitch panels. There is a note in the instructions to guide you through the cast offs for the shoulders. The sleeves are worked from the top down.

We think this is the perfect sweater for the approaching cooler days and a good choice for indoors or out.

We hope you love it, too!

Get The Pattern

Knitting page and front cover of The People's Friend


Find the full instructions for making this Gansey-inspired sweater in our September 9, 2023 issue of “The People’s Friend”, on sale September 6. Available online or from most major supermarkets and newsagents. Or subscribe to the magazine to get every issue delivered straight to your door! 

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