Please click to go to the Flamborough Marine Home Page

Home Page

Please click for information on Hand-Knitted Ganseys

What is a Gansey?

Please click to read the history of the Gansey

Gansey History

Gansey Patterns

Please click for information on Ganseys Knitting Kits & 5-ply wool

Knitting Kits

Price List

Please click for information on Machine-Knitted Guernseys

Guernseys

Please click for information on Armor Lux Breton Shirts

Breton shirts

Please click for ordering information

Order Information

Please click to go to the Order Form

Order Form

Please click to go to the LINKS page

Links

                     

What is a Gansey?   [contact us on 01262 850943 for further information]


Filey Pattern Gansey

Filey Pattern

 

 

The Gansey? :


A Gansey is a distinctive woollen sweater, originally designed to provide protection for fishermen from wind and water but which is ideal for all outdoor activity. Using a tightly spun 5-ply worsted wool (popularly known as "Seamen's Iron") the intricately patterned Gansey is knitted in one piece on five steel needles.

The patterning to back and front and, in some cases, the upper part of the sleeve provides an extra layer of protection, while the combination of seamless construction, fine wool and tight knitting produced a garment that is both wind and waterproof. Indeed, every part of the garment is designed with practicality in mind.


The wool is knitted tightly so as to "turn water"; the lack of seams ensures greater strength and impermeability; the underarm gusset allows freedom of movement; the lower sleeves where most wear is sustained, are left plain so the worn part can be unravelled and re-knitted, while the patterning across the chest provides extra insulation.

Note that the patterning is the same, back and front. This means that the Gansey is reversible, so that areas which come in for heavier wear, such as the elbows, can be alternated.


Flamborough Gansey

Flamborough Pattern

 

 

Flamborough Pattern Gansey

Flamborough Pattern

At right is a close-up of the Filey pattern, showing the diamonds (representing nets), the cables and the herringbone which are such a prominent feature of this popular pattern. Although the knitting looks complicated, the patterning is simply a mixture of knit and purl stitches in addition to the cable. The real art of Gansey knitting is, rather, the accomplishment of using five double-ended steel needles. It is possible to use a circular knitting needle for smaller sizes but the number of stitches required for larger sizes (over 300) and the weight of wool means that only steel needles provide a satisfactory result. The other requirement is patience, for each Gansey takes a minimum of four weeks to knit.

Filey Pattern Gansey

Detail of Filey Pattern


Robin Hood's Bay pattern

Robin Hood's Bay pattern in Dark Navy

Whitby pattern in Navy

Whitby pattern in Navy

   
Humber Keel pattern in Navy

 

Humber Keel pattern in Navy

Scarborough pattern in Dark Navy

 

 

 

Scarborough pattern in Dark Navy

   
Seahouses (Tree of Life) pattern in Dark Navy

 

Seahouses (Tree of Life) pattern in Dark Navy

Flamborough pattern in Green

 

 

Flamborough pattern in Cedar Green

   

 

Flamborough pattern in Bottle Green

 

 

 

Filey pattern in Olive Green

   

 

A Scottish Fleet pattern

 

A Staithes variant pattern, with a roll-neck

   

Flamborough pattern in Crushed Raspberry

 

Filey pattern in Damson

   





Staithes Pattern Gansey

Staithes Pattern

As the Gansey is a traditional garment, with an age-old pattern, it can never go out of fashion. For example, we were approached by a design student who wanted to take the basic garment and then make it ever more eye-catching. To do this she needed a specially dyed wool, which we were able to arrange. The result, a one-off, was faithfully knitted in one piece to the authentic pattern but in a striking shade and was subsequently exhibited at the London Fashion Design Show. It is because of our commitment to keeping the gansey tradition alive that This England referred to "Flamborough Marine Ltd, who now perpetuate the north-eastern art of knitting ‘gansey’ sweaters, a tradition which once seemed likely to die out". Note that this Staithes pattern has a short welt with a split at each side (not visible) in contrast to the more traditional long ribbed welt of other designs.


Staithes pattern

Staithes pattern

 

 

 

 



Ganseys for all the family!

 





Flamborough Anchor Pattern

________________________________________________________

 

This is our most detailed site, however, we also have two separate sites, one for Flamborough Marine in general, and one for Armor Lux specifically, which have been optimized for viewing on smaller screens

 

 

Detailed information on our various products is available on this site. However, we also have a separate Flamborough Marine web-site, which has been optimized for viewing on smaller screens, and is available by clicking the image above.

 
 

Information on our Armor Lux range is available on this site. However, we also have a dedicated Armor Lux web-site, which has been optimized for viewing on smaller screens, and is available by clicking the image above.

 

 

 

 

Not all Ganseys are in navy!


We offer a wide assortment of beautiful colours in addition to the traditional Navy

 

Flamborough Gansey in Ocean Deep colour 5-ply wool

 

Flamborough Gansey in Ocean Deep colour 5-ply wool

 

Flamborough Gansey in Denim colour 5-ply wool

Flamborough Gansey in Denim colour 5-ply wool

Flamborough Pattern Gansey

 

Flamborough Pattern Gansey

Humber Keel Pattern Gansey

Humber Keel Pattern Gansey

 

Staithes Pattern Shown at left is Staithes pattern, which is simple yet elegant, and features a short patterned welt, rather than the deep ribbed welt of most Ganseys.

 

 

 

 

In addition to the North-East Ganseys, we have also knitted the much more intricate Aran style. The one shown at left was a special order which, due to its intricacy, is only available at a premium over the normal Gansey price.

 

Aran Pattern Gansey

Aran Pattern

 

 

Download our catalogue :

Download the current Flamborough Marine catalogue in Adobe PDF format [file size 1.5 mb].
To download, right click the following link: PDF CATALOGUE  and select [Windows]: "SAVE TARGET AS".
Please note that, to be viewed, the catalogue requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (available as a free download from Adobe.com).

 

 

 

Flamborough Lighthouse Flamborough Marine Limited

 

Traditional Knitwear & Hand-Knitted Ganseys

 

The Manor House
Flamborough
Bridlington
East Riding of Yorkshire YO15 1PD
United Kingdom

Telephone: 01262 850943

International: +44 1262 850943

 

E-mail:  gm@flamboroughmarine.co.uk

Robin Hood's Bay Gansey worn by a Victorian Fisherman

 

Home Gansey History Knitting Kits Ordering Information

Go to the top of this page

Ganseys Gansey Patterns Guernseys Order Form
About Us Gansey Prices Breton Shirts Links

 

Web-site design & content Copyright  1995-2014 Geoffrey Miller