FO: My Gansey Boy
William really loves his new sweater. This one was a real collaboration between knitter and recipient. I wanted to make him a gansey using Beth Brown-Reinsel's book, but he chose the yarn (from the stash!), the welt, the initial, and the collar. I must say that gansey knitting, at least in worsted yarn, is fun and fast.
Project: Jerod's Gansey, from Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel, in the 32 1/2'' size, which she calls age 10-12.
Yarn: Valley Yarns Amherst, 100% merino, from WEBS. Required significantly less yarn than pattern stated. Lovely stitch definition and very soft. Will it pill? Probably, but he'll outgrow it quickly, too.
Needles: KnitPicks Harmony 24" circular, US#7 in right hand, US#6 in left for faster knitting in the round.
Time to Knit: 2 weeks.
Modifications: Custom single initial on lower left body.
Other Mods: Pattern uses a 1x1 ribbing for the lower border. William liked the split garter welts featured in the sample gansey I made for Lambie (see 2 posts ago). They were knit on US #5 needles flat, then joined for knitting in the round and increases made for the full # of body stitches.
Sizing: BBR suggests two inches of ease for ganseys. While that might be great in an adult's sweater, I've found that kids need a lot more ease for comfort and mobility--even with the cool underarm gussets. William has a 24" chest, and 8" of ease doesn't seem crazy big, but it still allows room to grow for next year. The sleeves are shorter, since he's only 5, not 10-12 years old.
This was an entirely lovely project, and we both appreciate the end result. See? Is that a modified Rachael? Ganseys for everyone!