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Seaworthy Gansey Cap Pattern

Seaworthy Gansey Cap Pattern





The Design

“Enduring tradition and all-weather style.”

Knit in a tightly spun traditional 5-ply Guernsey yarn, this all-weather cap is handsome on men and women alike. The eight-part decrease rounds create a flat circular top, while a firm gauge keeps the gansey-textured crown band standing at attention for pillbox styling. Or you can pull it down low over your ears like a beanie when the wind comes up!

We love the tradition and history of ganseyswarm, durable, yet supple garments knit with 5-ply Guernsey wool, originally developed to protect seafarers from the cold and sea spray. Family patterns were developed from the original and handed down from generation to generation. We’ve provided two traditional gansey pattern charts here, but you can also create your own using this pattern, and share it with family and friends. Start a new tradition!

See how we've used this pattern!

The Details

Medium adult: Approx. 22"/56cm around. See the Knitters' Notes tab at right for more information on sizing.

1 skein Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey (240 yds/220m) shown on him with Chart I in Color Dark Navy; shown on her with Chart II in Color Aran.
Or approx. 200 yds/183m of an equivalent 5-ply Guernsey yarn.
Or approx. 400 yds/366m of a light fingering-weight sock yarn held double. (We've tried Regia 4-ply with great success.)

US 2 (2.75mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-points, or size to obtain gauge. Note: We recommend metal needles for strength as this is a vigorous knit!
8 locking stitch markers (1 in a different color to designate beginning of round).
Darning needle to finish.
7½"/19cm diameter plate or circle of heavy cardboard for blocking.

26 sts/36 rounds = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked.
26 sts/approx. 48 rounds = 4"/10cm in chart pattern, blocked.

Errata & Clarifications

Digital Seaworthy Gansey Cap pattern. (Download)

Printed Seaworthy Gansey Cap pattern. (Requires shipping.)

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