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Seaworthy Gansey Cap - Frangipani Version

Seaworthy Gansey Cap - Frangipani Version

“Enduring tradition and a new Northwest-inspired chart.”

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!

The pattern (available below) includes two traditional gansey pattern charts and now, with our free adaptation (also available below), you can work the evergreen tree motif “Grand Forest.” Where the forest meets the seasounds like home!

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

1 skein Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey (240 yds/220m) shown with “Grand Forest” motif in color Ocean Deep.
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.

This hat is designed to fit with little or no stretching so that the sides stand straight. If you wish to increase the size a little, you can fine tune the fit with blocking. For a smaller hat, you can work to a slightly tighter gauge on a smaller needle and block to fit.

Five-ply Guernsey is out there, but a little rare. Curiously, 50g of fingering-weight sock yarn had roughly the same number of yards as 100g of fingering-weight 5-ply Guernsey. So that meant that there was as much fiber in a yard of Guernsey as in 2 strands of sock yarn. So we experimented and got a lovely, dense, beefy result that was right on gauge!

The pattern provides two traditional gansey pattern charts—one simple and one more complex. It also tells you how to swap in your favorite texture chart.

Digital Seaworthy Gansey Cap pattern. (Download)

Printed Seaworthy Gansey Cap pattern. (Requires shipping.)

Free digital adaptation with 'Grand Forest' tree chart. (Download)

COLOR: Claret. Red, red wine by candlelight.

COLOR: Damson. A handsome deep red plum.

COLOR: Heather. A dusty mid-purple, like a highland hillside.

COLOR: Breton. Good red earth, right with nearly everything.

COLOR: Cornish Gold. Deep, intense mustard; oddly neutral.

COLOR: Olive. Darker than a cocktail olive. Brighter than loden.

COLOR: Cedar. A reflective mid-green. Not too yellow, not too blue.

COLOR: Sea Spray. A pretty northern aqua (that is, not 'swimming pool').

COLOR: Ocean Deep. Fathomless harbor turquoise.

COLOR: Falmouth Navy. Think Dark Navy with a splash of Ocean Deep.

COLOR: Dark Navy. A super saturated inky blue. The next best thing to black.

COLOR: Navy. The brightest of our three navies. Very nautical.

COLOR: Moonlight. A lucent, mercurial grey.

COLOR: Aran. The creamy natural of quintessential 'fisherman knits.'

COLOR: Black. What can we say?