Nora Sleeveless Gansay by Jane Ellison

Nora Sleeveless Gansay

September 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
696 - 870 yards (636 - 796 m)
to fit chest (suggested) 81.5cm/32" through to 127cm/50"
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The Nora Sleeveless Gansay was first published in 2018 and is the first Purl &Jane garment that is knitted in the round.
It is knitted from the bottom up. The bottom part of the gansay uses just the knit stitch with rib at the sides, so is perfect if this is your first time knitting in the round. It then divides for the front and back, which are then knitted in rows. This top section takes a little time to get used to the pattern. So if you fancied knitting in the round without the tricky stitches at the top then there are two more patterns to choose from - Bray Tank Top and Fabrile Tank Top.
This sleeveless top uses the same cable and stitch pattern as the Woodhouse Gansay (The Woodhouse Gansay is knitted in pieces)
The Nora is inspired, like the Woodhouse, by my total and absolute love for fisherman’s gansays. The history and why they were made is what knitting means to me - a personal hand knitted garment that keeps the wearer warm, dry and surrounded with a feeling of being loved.

For this pattern I used:

Yarn & Amounts: 4(5) 100g hanks of WYS Bluefaced Leicester Aran – Undyed (100% British Bluefaced Leicester wool, 166m/182yds per 100g).

640 (800)m/
696 (870)yds.

4.5mm (this is for the neck edge which is not knitted in the round)
5mm long circular needle (this is for the bottom of the garment which is knitted in the round).

Gauge (tension):
18 stitches and 24 rows to 10cm/4ins square over stocking stitch using 5mm needles.


To Fit Chest (suggested):
81.5-101.5, (106.5-127)cm/
32-40, (42-50)ins

Actual Chest Size:
108, (136)cm/
42¼, (53½)ins

Length (from shoulder):
54, (60)cm/
21¼, (23½)ins