Gansey Pullover

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Set-in sleeves and waist shaping update the traditional boxy gansey for women who prefer a sleeker fit. Both yoke and upper sleeves are textured with a spare, high-relief, industrial pattern that recalls beams, trusses, and grating. The reverse stockinette body and sleeves are knit circularly to the underarm, then all pieces are completed working flat and sewn together. An open, minimally finished neckline and a light fabric of Loft make Breslin great for layering over collared shirts.

This sweater can’t miss in nautical blues and greys, but consider an unconventional choice like Meteorite or Fauna for an earthier, warmer look.


  • 1510 (1725, 1930, 2115, 2370, 2595) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
  • Photographed in color Sweatshirt

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

  • 24 stitches & 38 rounds/rows = 4″ in reverse stockinette stitch or chart patterns with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Note: Be sure to swatch both stitch patterns.


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: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One 32″ circular needle and one set of DPNs*, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On)

  • One 32″ circular needle and one set of DPNs*, one size smaller than Size B
  • Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

*32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g. Sleeves).

Finished dimensions
  • 33¼ (37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)” [84.5 (94.5, 105, 115, 125, 135.5)] cm circumference at bust 
  • Intended Ease: + 2–4” [5–10 cm] 
  • Sample shown is size 37¼” [4.5 cm] with 5¼” [13.5 cm] ease on model

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

  • 1×1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting; even number of stitches)
  • Sloped Bind Off 
  • Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)
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