My mom got this book at our local yarn shop a couple of years ago. I started reading it recently, and have got all inspired to knit one for someone. I think the fascination of it is that I have not made one before. The Gansey just seemed to be easier to knit then Aran sweaters! But as I read this book I find they have there own special way to make them.
In the book there is a pattern for sample sweater you can knit. I decided it looked fun! Here is a picture of what it will look like.
Beth Brown-Reinsel explains a part of the sweater in each chapter. Then gives you instructions for the sampler that corresponds to the chapter.
I thought this was cool, it is the chart of the sample sweater.
So far I have cast on, (a new one to me) called the Channel Island cast on. Then I knit what is called the welt or the edge. Which is knit in two pieces, then knit together. It is cool because then you have a split on the side of your sweater for more ease of movement.
Next I am knitting the plain part, she has you put initials on it. In the corner you can see it, here in the picture under the tip of the needle the purl stitches.
Next up is the pattern part of the sweater! I can’t wait! But first I have to finish knitting the plain part!