© Moray Firth Gansey Project July 2020
This project was part-
Click the link above to view a short (1:13 minutes) video about the Project
To see the ganseys donated to the project go to the Ganseys pages of this web site, where you will find descriptions, photographs and pattern drafts.
The ganseys themselves are now at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther. Please contact them if you wish to study them.
We are still interested in seeing old ganseys, patterns and knitting equipment, also old photographs of fishermen wearing ganseys, knitters etc. Please contact Moray Firth Partnership if you have any of the above.
Informaton about the ganseys we have recorded is to be uploaded to the SCRAN web site. More information will be given here as this aspect of the project progresses. In the meantime, please contact Moray Firth Partnership for detailed information about the ganseys.
This is a knitting co-
The photo on the right shows a cardigan Highland Loop were commissioned to knit for Sophia Kokosalaki for Paris Fashion Week, spring 2012.
Our 2011 competition showed that there are a lot of creative people out there. The winning entries can be seen on the competition page. One of the patterns -
We have given talks and demonstrations to a wide variety of groups, and have run workshops at a number of venues around the Firth, and we continue to work with our school knitting groups. In addition we have made several instructional videos on gansey knitting techniques -
Donations for on-
The Project funding came to and end in October 2012, but some aspects of the work are on-
Our booklet “Fishing for Ganseys” gives an outline of the project’s research findings, with lots of stories, photos and charts of the stitch variations we came across in the Moray Firth area, plus a gansey pattern and links to other research. Click here to place an order for a booklet; price £4 plus postage.
There are five chapters:
2. The Moray Firth area and Fishing: a quick history of the area’s fishing heritage, the herring boom, Herring Girls, fisherwomen, etc
3. Ganseys, patterns and evolution
4. In the round: including our work with school children, golfing ganseys, Dutch ganseys
5. Fashioning the Future: continuing work to record ganseys, the travelling exhibition (now touring the UK), influence of ganseys on modern fashion development, plans for an online archive and the pattern for the “Beatrice Gansey”. After publication we noticed some minor errors in this pattern. A corrected version, with two additional sizes is available on this site (download Beatrice gansey pattern).
In addition to the booklet there is also a short DVD available with some additional footage and interviews.
If you have any queries, e-
Our travelling exhibition includes ganseys, pattern samples, pull-
The photo at top left shows part of the Wick harbour banner triptych and part of the fishing ports banner. The picture was taken at Ganseyfest in 2011, and the manikins were borrowed for the occasion. We now have our own.
Pictured below is the box of pattern samples.
|The Moray Firth|
|Gansey knitters gallery|
|Ganseys from other areas|
|Pattern elements 1|
|Pattern elements 2|
|Pattern elements 3|
|Small things to make|
|Read a chart|
|Chart a design|
|Wick Harbourfest 2012|
|London Fashion Week|
|UK Knit Camp 2010|
|Portsoy photos 2010|
|Extravagansey photos 2010|
|Gfest gallery 2|