The Exhibition Orkney Gansey Pattern

You asked for it, so here it is!  The pattern for the Exhibition Orkney Gansey is now available on Ravelry. Eventually it will also be on Etsy and, once I can get my other computer to play, on my web site.

If you remember, this gansey was knitted for the exhibition called in English translated from the Norwegian, “Wool and Sheep around the Atlantic Sea”. The exhibition is made up of items made from the wool of sheep from the North Atlantic Short Tailed Sheep breeds and will be touring over the next year. It starts in several locations in Norway, and then travels to Shetland, Orkney, the Hebrides, Scotland, the Faro Islands, Iceland and Greenland. (I don’t have the exact itinerary or locations yet, but will let you know when I do in case it is coming to a place near you!)

I wanted to use patterns and construction features which were typically Orcadian. That meant North Ronaldsay wool, a mix of gansey patterns and colourwork. It also meant a zipped neck and the garment constructed in pieces, not in the round.

I used motifs which are seen in Orkney. The stars are seen in Norwegian and Shetland colourwork, but the pattern at the hem I have only found in Orkney, both in knit/purl patterns and in colourwork.

One garment using these motifs was knitted on South Ronaldsay in about the 1960s. It is a waistcoat knit in aran weight yarn:

The sweater is available in one size only – 46″ chest measurement. Because of the way the pattern works there are no instructions for different chest sizes, lengths or sleeve lengths. You are welcome to change the yarn to get a different size, but the pattern is to copy the Exhibition Gansey only.

You don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to buy it using this link:

Or if you are a member, can buy it from ‘inside’ Ravelry in my Northern Lace store.


7 thoughts on “The Exhibition Orkney Gansey Pattern

  1. that is beautiful! I have a question about when you k2tog,three times, yok1, six times. when you knit the next row, you end up with more stiches than you began with, how do you keep this from happening?

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