Knit a Cornish Gansey Square for 3 Bags Full

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Well, It is coming up for this year's 3 Bags Full Wool Market once more and as per usual, the team are planning something special which everyone can get their needles out and get involved in. This year we are yarn bombing Liskeard town and the good natured shop owners have allowed us enhance their shop windows with knitted creatures, food, flowers and the like. If this is your favourite thing to knit, then head over to the website (link above) where you can pick up patterns and have some fun. However, as an added project, we thought it would be great to use our own Cornish Gansey stitch patterns to knit squares which initially will be used for some of the yarn bombing projects but will then be sewn together and donated to the Syrian Refugees via Open Heart, Open Borders.

Over the next four Mondays, I will reveal a new gansey square pattern with accompanying chart and text for you to knit. Originally, ganseys were knitted in 5ply yarn but I have decided to use double knitting weight yarn for two reasons- the first being bigger squares more quickly and the second- we all have loads of DK in our stash don't we! I am going down a needle size to a 3.5mm needle as the tighter tension will show up the purl stitches more effectively. Using Mary Wright's wonderful book Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks, as design reference, I proudly present this weeks square- Looe: Eddystone which uses the raised purl stitches to suggest little lighthouses across the fabric. 

close up looe eddystone


The finished squares measure 6.5 x 6.5 in / 17 x17 cm and uses 3.5mm needles and any DK weight yarn

Looe: Eddystone Square                                             eddystone

Row 1 and all RS rows: Knit. (40 sts)
Row 2 (WS): (K7, p4) x 3, k7.
Row 4: P, (k5, p6) x 3, k5, p.
Row 6: P2, (k3, p8) x 3, k3, p2.
Row 8: P3, (k, p10) x 3, k, p3.
Row 10: Purl.
Row 12: Purl.
Row 14: Repeat row 2.
Row 16: P, k3, p8, (k5, p6) x 2, k5, p.
Row 18: Repeat row 6.
Row 20: Repeat row 8.
Row 22: Purl.
Row 24: Purl.
Row 26: Repeat row 2.
Row 28: Repeat row 4.
Row 30: Repeat row 6.
Row 32: Repeat row 8.
Row 34: Purl.
Row 36: Purl.
Row 38: Repeat row 2.
Row 40: Repeat row 4.
Row 42: Repeat row 6.
Row 44: Repeat row 8.
Row 46: Purl.
Row 48: Purl.
Row 50: Repeat row 2.
Row 52: Repeat row 4.
Row 54: Repeat row 6.
Row 56: Repeat row 8.


Happy Knitting

Tina B  xxx