Robin Melanson

for Nashua Handknits

NHK31-3 Gansey-Inspired Top

Melanson has a degree in Celtic Studies; it informs her work to a magnificent degree. Here are traditional gansey elements: the Channel Islands Cast On (explained here), diamond knit/purl patterning writ both small and large, garter ridges. But the shape is completely modern. Here are neat little set-in sleevelets and a shaped waist, shoulders, and back neck. There's a lot going on here, but the pattern is very detailed. Left and right neck diamonds are charted separately. From the Nashua Handknits Book 31, North American Designers Book #6.

Pattern Detail

  • all stitch patterning not written out, but charted
  • schematics included
  • sewing required
  • spring/summer
  • straight (flat)
  • 6 sizes, finished 35" - 56.5"; see data page
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)
  • experienced
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 4.5 mm
    • US 7
    • 18.5 over pattern
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
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