Flamborough Marine Ltd

Gansey Knitting Kits

Each Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Kit contains the appropriate quantity of 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool, a set of five double-ended 2.5 mm steel needles, individual body and sleeve charts, and full instructions for the pattern of your choice. A copy of the fully illustrated soft-back book "Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans" by Gladys Thompson is also available as an optional extra.  The 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool is also available separately at a cost of £7.25 per 100 grams plus postage.
Flamborough Marine : The Manor House : Flamborough : Bridlington : East Riding of Yorkshire     Telephone 01262 850943
Contact Information Flamborough Marine Limited 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
For authentic hand-knitted Ganseys, Gansey Knitting Kits, Armor Lux striped cotton Breton shirts and a range of traditional wool knitwear from Le Tricoteur (the original Guernseys) and Armor Lux of France
GANSEY KITS
Flamborough Marine Limited : Traditional Knitwear & Hand-Knitted Ganseys The Manor House, Flamborough, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire. YO15 1PD Telephone: 01262 850943    [International: +44 1262 850943] E-mail:  gm@flamboroughmarine.co.uk
Sizing Information for machine-knits [Additional sizing information for hand-knitted Ganseys can be found here.] Size exchanges can be a nuisance but can, hopefully, be avoided if you follow our sizing guidelines. If possible, select a similar style of knitwear or T-shirt which you currently wear and feel comfortable in, and measure across the chest, from underarm to underarm, as shown in the image above. Double this measurement to arrive at the actual garment size. Then compare the measurement of your garment, in inches, to the ones shown on each product page. Please do not confuse the measurements we show on each page with a person’s body measurement; the measurements listed are the actual dimensions of our knitwear and Breton shirts. A size 44 Guernsey sweater, for example, will measure 44 inches all round, but this does not fit a 44 inch chest, it will be suitable for someone with a chest measurement of 40 or 42 inches. Please do take the time to measure your own garments before you order, to prevent size exchanges. We keep our costs to a minimum, to offer the best possible price, and will have to pass on the cost of return postage for exchanged items.

Knitting Kits :

Each Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Kit contains the appropriate quantity of 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool, a set of five double-ended 2.5 mm steel needles, individual body and sleeve charts, and full instructions for the pattern of your choice, contained in a cotton drawstring bag. A copy of the fully illustrated soft-back book "Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans" by Gladys Thompson is also available as an optional extra.   The 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool is also available separately at a cost of £7.25 per 100 grams plus postage.
Current range of 5-ply wool colours Current range of 5-ply wool colours
The colours are shown as accurately as possible. However, due to the limitations of the scanning process, the colours may vary slightly from the wool actually supplied.  In particular, “Ocean Deep” is a difficult colour to scan accurately. A larger swatch of this colour is shown here:
Appearing above is a portion of one of the charts available with the kit. Sizing the Gansey from the patterns available in some books can be difficult. However, you have no need to worry -- we supply a precise chart for the exact size required. Also supplied with each kit is a customized set of instructions applicable to the size required. We have, in so far as is possible, taken the guesswork out of knitting a Gansey.

Current range of 5-ply wool colours

Pricing Information We are not part of the VAT (Value Added Tax) scheme. All prices shown on this web-site are NET with postage only to be added to mail orders. Details of postage charges for UK and International destinations are shown on the "Ordering" page.
* The full kit contains wool and needles, plus a chart & instructions for one desired pattern and includes the optional pattern book by Gladys Thompson. ** The basic kit contains wool, needles, plus a chart & instructions for one desired pattern but NOT the pattern book.
Authentic hand-knitted Ganseys   Gansey Knitting Kits Traditional knitwear   Armor Lux Breton shirts
Classic Heritage sweater hand-knitted in one piece  Ideal for sailing, boating, fishing, walking, golf, shooting or any outdoor activity (or indoors if you want to turn the heating down) Home of the GANSEY
Authentic hand-knitted Ganseys, Gansey Knitting Kits, striped cotton Breton shirts, traditional wool knitwear from Le Tricoteur (Guernseys) and Armor Lux of France
[PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample: all the relevant details will be included on the actual sheet of instructions included with the kit.]

INSTRUCTIONS FOR KNITTING A GANSEY

AREA DESIGN:          SIZE:             _______            TENSION:     8 stitches to the inch Cast on ___ sts evenly over 4 size 2.5 mm needles using the wool double in the thumb method. K2, P2 for ___, keeping the wool double for the first five rounds. Add __ sts after the welt. Knit _____ rounds of plain knitting in which you establish two purl sts on each side of the Gansey. This is a seam line and runs up the body and down the underside of the arms, forming the basis for the gussets under the arm and the point of division for knitting the armholes. The pattern now begins; note the first and last row of stitches on the design chart are the two purl sts mentioned above. Usually, the complete pattern is on ___ rows. Work the pattern from bottom left hand corner of chart, until work measures ____. Note: Dark squares – purl, white squares – knit. Work ___st cable every ___ rows as shown by line on chart. Then begin the increase for the gussets under the arm. Continuing in pattern on the next round, increase ___ knit sts in the centre of the ___ purl sts on each side of the body. This is the beginning of the gusset. Increase ___ knit st each side of the centre ___ knit sts on the next round and every ____ round till gusset is ___ sts wide. At this point divide for the front and back to continue in pattern on two needles by slipping the gusset stitches on to a holder, also slip stitches for the back on to a holder. Continue to work the front in pattern until the work measures the nearest full pattern to ____, keeping the outside purl stitch and single knit stitch as the armhole edge. Place the centre ____ sts for the neck on a holder and stitches for one shoulder on a holder. Knit the other shoulder strap in ___ rows knit and ___ rows purl for ____ rows. Put these on a holder and repeat this for the other shoulder (this forms the neck shaping). Repeat for back then graft the stitches together on the inside of the shoulders. NECK.  Pick up evenly the ___ sts each from front and back together with the stitches from the shoulder edge (____ sts in all). K1, P1, rib for neck worked into the back of all stitches for ____. Cast off loosely ribwise using wool doubled. SLEEVES.  Pick up evenly around armhole ____ sts including gusset. Purl ___ st each side of gusset, that is, the picked up stitches. Work ____ full patterns down (from the sleeve chart), keeping the centre stitch of the diamond directly on the shoulder seam. Note, the remaining stitches between the edge of the sleeve pattern and the sleeve seam to be in stocking stitch. Decrease ___ st on either side of the seam stitches every ___ round until the gusset is worked out. Then, remembering to keep the ___ purl sts for the seam, decrease every ___ round until the sleeve measures ____, then back to every ___ round until ___, then every ___ round until ___. Work stocking stitch to the required length allowing a minimum of ____ of rib. Cast off in rib with wool doubled. Average sleeve length ___.
Supplied with each kit is a customized set of instructions applicable to the size required. We have, in so far as is possible, taken the guesswork out of knitting a Gansey. A sample of an instruction template appears below. The variables are left blank in this example but will, naturally, be filled in on the sheet accompanying the kit.
Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from our Kit Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from our Kit
Shown at left is a Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from one of our Kits. Carolyn wrote to us: “ I've just completed my first gansey! Proudly modelled by my son. The longer sleeves and thumb holes were his special request.  I just wanted to thank you for the excellent quality yarn and the very well explained pattern that resulted in such a lovely garment.  Now the rest of my family want one too!! Expect further orders soon! “
Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan
Shown here is Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan 5-ply wool, again completed from one of our Kits. An experienced knitter, Mr Robinson added: “I gave an extra diamond to the arms because it took it to what I felt was a natural place just above the elbow. Thanks again for the excellent service.”
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Flamborough Marine Your source for authentic hand-knitted Ganseys, Gansey Knitting Kits, plus a range of quality, traditional knitwear and Armor Lux pure cotton Breton shirts We pride ourselves on our personal attention to detail. If you are at all unsure about any aspect of our products, telephone, write or e-mail us with your query which will be answered promptly and, we hope, knowledgeably. We wish to ensure that you are completely satisfied before making a purchase, as well as after.
Knitting Kits   Prices for large or smaller kits are available on request. When ordering a kit please specify the colour of wool required and the exact size. If initially unsure of which pattern to choose, this can be sent for later.  
Shipping Charges   For orders outside the U.K. postage is charged at actual cost using the standard Air Mail tariff. Postage charges for orders sent to a U.K. address vary depending on the items ordered. Please refer to the "Ordering" page for further details.  
International Orders   We are happy to ship to any destination. Please note, however, that as the currency exchange rates change on a daily basis, it is impossible to provide a conversion table for other currencies. Please note that payment must be made in British Pounds Sterling (GBP). Due to high conversion charges, we cannot accept payments in other currencies.  
Size (inches) Size (cm) 5-ply wool Full kit* Basic kit** supplied    (with book) (without book) 36 inches 92cm 700 grams £81.65 £66.70 38 inches 97cm 800 grams £88.90 £73.95 40 inches 102cm 900 grams £96.15 £81.20 42 inches 107cm 1,000 grams £103.40 £88.45 44 inches 112cm 1,100 grams £110.65 £95.70 46 inches 117cm 1,200 grams £117.90 £102.95 48 inches 122cm 1,300 grams £125.15 £110.20 50 inches 127cm 1,400 grams £132.40 £117.45
Wool double-in-the-thumb method
Flamborough Marine Ltd

Gansey Knitting Kits

Each Gansey or Guernsey Knitting Kit contains the appropriate quantity of 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool, a set of five double-ended 2.5 mm steel needles, individual body and sleeve charts, and full instructions for the pattern of your choice. A copy of the fully illustrated soft-back book "Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans" by Gladys Thompson is also available as an optional extra.  The 5-ply worsted Guernsey wool is also available separately at a cost of £7.25 per 100 grams plus postage.
GANSEY KITS Current range of 5-ply wool colours Current range of 5-ply wool colours
The colours are shown as accurately as possible. However, due to the limitations of the scanning process, the colours may vary slightly from the wool actually supplied.  In particular, “Ocean Deep” is a difficult colour to scan accurately. A larger swatch of this colour is shown here:
Appearing above is a portion of one of the charts available with the kit. Sizing the Gansey from the patterns available in some books can be difficult. However, you have no need to worry -- we supply a precise chart for the exact size required. Also supplied with each kit is a customized set of instructions applicable to the size required. We have, in so far as is possible, taken the guesswork out of knitting a Gansey.

Current range of

5-ply wool colours

* The full kit contains wool, needles, plus a chart & instructions for one desired pattern and includes the optional pattern book by Gladys Thompson. ** The basic kit contains wool, needles, plus a chart & instructions for one desired pattern but NOT the pattern book.
Home of the GANSEY Traditional sweater hand-knitted in one piece
[PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample: all the relevant details will be included on the actual sheet of instructions included with the kit.]

INSTRUCTIONS FOR

KNITTING A GANSEY

AREA DESIGN:          SIZE:             _______            TENSION:     8 stitches to the inch Cast on ___ sts evenly over 4 size 2.5 mm needles using the wool double in the thumb method. K2, P2 for ___, keeping the wool double for the first five rounds. Add __ sts after the welt. Knit _____ rounds of plain knitting in which you establish two purl sts on each side of the Gansey. This is a seam line and runs up the body and down the underside of the arms, forming the basis for the gussets under the arm and the point of division for knitting the armholes. The pattern now begins; note the first and last row of stitches on the design chart are the two purl sts mentioned above. Usually, the complete pattern is on ___ rows. Work the pattern from bottom left hand corner of chart, until work measures ____. Note: Dark squares – purl, white squares – knit. Work ___st cable every ___ rows as shown by line on chart. Then begin the increase for the gussets under the arm. Continuing in pattern on the next round, increase ___ knit sts in the centre of the ___ purl sts on each side of the body. This is the beginning of the gusset. Increase ___ knit st each side of the centre ___ knit sts on the next round and every ____ round till gusset is ___ sts wide. At this point divide for the front and back to continue in pattern on two needles by slipping the gusset stitches on to a holder, also slip stitches for the back on to a holder. Continue to work the front in pattern until the work measures the nearest full pattern to ____, keeping the outside purl stitch and single knit stitch as the armhole edge. Place the centre ____ sts for the neck on a holder and stitches for one shoulder on a holder. Knit the other shoulder strap in ___ rows knit and ___ rows purl for ____ rows. Put these on a holder and repeat this for the other shoulder (this forms the neck shaping). Repeat for back then graft the stitches together on the inside of the shoulders. NECK.  Pick up evenly the ___ sts each from front and back together with the stitches from the shoulder edge (____ sts in all). K1, P1, rib for neck worked into the back of all stitches for ____. Cast off loosely ribwise using wool doubled. SLEEVES.  Pick up evenly around armhole ____ sts including gusset. Purl ___ st each side of gusset, that is, the picked up stitches. Work ____ full patterns down (from the sleeve chart), keeping the centre stitch of the diamond directly on the shoulder seam. Note, the remaining stitches between the edge of the sleeve pattern and the sleeve seam to be in stocking stitch. Decrease ___ st on either side of the seam stitches every ___ round until the gusset is worked out. Then, remembering to keep the ___ purl sts for the seam, decrease every ___ round until the sleeve measures ____, then back to every ___ round until ___, then every ___ round until ___. Work stocking stitch to the required length allowing a minimum of ____ of rib. Cast off in rib with wool doubled. Average sleeve length ___.
Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from our Kit Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from our Kit
Shown above is a Gansey knitted by Carolyn Swinton from one of our Kits. Carolyn wrote to us: “ I've just completed my first gansey! Proudly modelled by my son. The longer sleeves and thumb holes were his special request.  I just wanted to thank you for the excellent quality yarn and the very well explained pattern that resulted in such a lovely garment.  Now the rest of my family want one too!! Expect further orders soon! “
Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan
Shown here is Peter Robinson's Filey Gansey in Breton Tan 5-ply wool, again completed from one of our Kits. An experienced knitter, Mr Robinson added: “I gave an extra diamond to the arms because it took it to what I felt was a natural place just above the elbow. Thanks again for the excellent service.”
Size (inches) 	Size (cm) 	5-ply wool 		Full kit*		Basic kit** supplied 	   	(with book) 	(without book)  36 inches 		92cm 		700 grams 		81.65 		66.70 38 inches 		97cm 		800 grams 		88.90 		73.95 40 inches 		102cm 		900 grams 		96.15 		81.20 42 inches 		107cm 		1,000 grams 	103.40		88.45 44 inches 		112cm 		1,100 grams 	110.65 	95.70 46 inches 		117cm 		1,200 grams 	117.90 	102.95 48 inches 		122cm 		1,300 grams 	125.15 	110.20 50 inches		127cm		1,400 grams	132.40		117.45
Flamborough Marine The Manor House Flamborough Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire Telephone 01262 850943
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Knitting Kits   Prices for large or smaller kits are available on request. When ordering a kit please specify the colour of wool required and the exact size. If initially unsure of which pattern to choose, this can be sent for later.  
Also supplied with each kit is a customized set of instructions applicable to the size required. We have, in so far as is possible, taken the guesswork out of knitting a Gansey. A sample of an instruction template appears below. The variables are left blank in this example but will, naturally, be filled in on the sheet accompanying the kit.
Contact Information Flamborough Marine Limited 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
Flamborough Marine Your source for authentic hand-knitted Ganseys, Gansey Knitting Kits, plus a range of quality, traditional knitwear and Armor Lux pure cotton Breton shirts We pride ourselves on our personal attention to detail. If you are at all unsure about any aspect of our products, telephone, write or e-mail us with your query which will be answered promptly and, we hope, knowledgeably. We wish to ensure that you are completely satisfied before making a purchase, as well as after.