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Seaworthy Gansey Cap Using Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey

Seaworthy Gansey Cap Using Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey





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The Design

“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, you can work the evergreen tree motif “Grand Forest.” Where the forest meets the sea–sounds like home!

The Details

Medium adult: Approx. 22"/56cm around.

1 skein Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey (240 yds/220m) shown with “Grand Forest” chart in color Ocean Deep; 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 and free 'Grand Forest' chart. (Download)

Printed Seaworthy Gansey Cap pattern and free 'Grand Forest' chart. (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?