© Moray Firth Gansey Project June 2018

This project was part-financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the Scottish Government and The European Community Rural Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray LEADER 2007 – 2013 Programmes.

Fraserburgh - tree of life (2)

Dontator / knitter: Worn by  Peter Summers as a boy, donated by his daughter

Location: Fraserburgh area

Colour: Light grey

Pattern: All over body pattern in vertical panels.  Main pattern: Tree of life, 6 branches; seeding: ladder; main pattern centred front and back, seeding at side "seam"

Welt: knit 1, purl 1 rib; 6 cm

Chest: 81 cm

Sleeves: plain; cuffs: single rib, 6 cm; total sleeve length 46 cm

Gusset: length 16 cm, width 7 cm

Shoulders: shoulder extension; ridge and furrow; cast off together

Neck: polo neck, single rib, depth 11 cm

This gansey, Diamonds - herring net, Fraserburgh 2, and Shells and cables, Fraserburgh 2 were donated by the daughter of Maggie and Peter Summers. Peter owned a fishing boat called Girl Pat, and was a skipper and successful fisherman.  His wife knitted all his ganseys until he died. She also knitted the long johns and her children's ganseys. Mr Summers retired from fishing at the age of 40 due to a heart attack, but would keep his hand in by taking the boat out in spring and summer time. During the war he wore a navy blue gansey which was admired by officers. The tree of life pattern is the one he wore as a boy in his schooldays. The shell pattern was the last one he wore.