Modern Gansey Pullover

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A classic seaman’s gansey adapted with feminine shaping adds tomboy charm to any wardrobe. Alvy features coin cables on a ground of double moss stitch, knit from a combination of charts and written directions. The pullover is worked in the round in Shelter from a tubular cast on. Waist shaping, set-in sleeves, and a traditional 2-4” of ease keep the silhouette flattering. The cuffs, hem, and shoulders are embellished with welt details for an extra touch of nautical flair.


  • 1020 (1145, 1290, 1435, 1610, 1745) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.

  • 19 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch or Double Moss Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Note: Be sure to check both gauges.

  • 10-stitch panel from Coin Cable Chart measures 1½” wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing and Welts)

  • One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of DPNs*, three sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On & Neckband only)

  • One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles*, one size smaller than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs or 16″ circular needle if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e. Sleeves or Neckband).

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished dimensions
  • 33 (37¼, 41½, 45¾, 50, 54)” circumference at bust
  • Intended Ease: + 2–4″
  • Sample shown is size 37¼” with + 4¼” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • 1×1 Tubular Cast On
  • Garter Stitch Selvedge
  • Short Rows: Turn & Slip Method
  • Joinery Bind Off (Three-Needle Bind Off)
  • Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)
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