Yorkshire Dales Gloves

Based on some of the gloves in the Dales Countryside Museum, at Hawes.

Adderback glove - still on the 'Signature' needles!
Prototype version

They are knit in Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop’s DK – any two colours with strong contrast would do the trick.  Will upload the pattern and charts here after it’s published.

Gansey research is coming on well – lots of museums and archives now contacted, feelers been put out, images starting to come in and I’ll be going to visit them all, camera and notebook in hand!  I’ll be sharing it all in book form (‘Citing!), hopefully down the year!

The gloves came in handy during this weather:

Slightly Snowy

The Signature DPNs were a Yule present, and I can safely report back to yous they are, indeed, the ‘Ferrari of knitting needles’ (according to the mighty Yarn Harlot).  A far cry from the original Yorkshire Dales knitters’ needles – described by Marie Hartley in ”The Old Handknitters of the Dales’:

“… They bought lengths of curved wire from the village shop, and sharpened the ends on a stone. Sometimes, they might sharpen them on the jambs of the fireplace and leave permanent dents in the stone-work….”

[Old Hand-Knitters of The Dales, Marie Hartley & Joan Ingilby, Dalesmen Books, 1991]

Signatures In Action

I couldn’t bear to bend my Signatures – have seen the Dales needles in the Museum and they curve like bows!  But then I don’t bother with a knitting sheath unless knitting at living history events.


Sunk Island Gansey Pattern

Here’s the pattern for Sunk Island, the gansey from Yarn Forward,  Issue 18.  Enjoy!

Sunk Island Gansey How To

(PDFs for charts, below).  Pattern as written is for gansey on the right – only difference between v.1 and v.2 being the less cluttered sleeves on v.2.

You could, of course, knit the sleeves plainer or fancier or however you like ’em.

NB: Chart B needs to be put together Sheet 1, 2 and 3 in that order, so moss st panels either side of Humber Star are next to side seam stitches.

Sunk Island




"Look The Way He Wants You To Look"

To keep this place warm whilst I finally get round to taking some pics of the current project, I thought I’d amuse yous with this….  An ad from a 1960’s UK Vogue Knitting.

Rex Harrison’s less attractive brother doing a gig turned down by Roger Moore, probably.

“Look your best…for his sake.  For the sake of the laughter and love you share. Look the way he wants you to look. Dress to please his masculine eye.  Keep in touch with his kind of fashion…like the tweed-textured suit in the picture.”

I wonder what that book is he’s reading?  The Top Gear annual?