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  1. Hi Guys,

    It's the last part of my four part Gansey Square series for 3 Bags Full and Syrian Refugees. This week, I have adapted a Polperro pattern called Musician. Mary explained to me that none of the patterns have any real names and these names given in her book Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks were taken from either a location or feature of each photograph used for her reference points. In this case, the photo for this stitch pattern shows a band of children who have musical instruments. One of the young boys wears this pattern across his gansey, thus, she named the pattern- Musician.


    Many knitters love this pattern, an attractive wave picked out in purls and it remains a perenial favourite. It possibly needs more concentration and attention to the pattern instructions than the others as it is not such a simple repeat but please try it because the resulting square is delightful.

    Anyhow, here are the chart and written instructions. Remember it's 3.5mm needles and DK weight yarn to acheive a 6.5in square size.


    Using 3.5mm needles, CO 40 sts

    Row 1 (RS): K6, (p, k, p2, k2, p2, k, p, k7) x 2. (40 sts)  cornish gansey square 3 polperro musician
    Row 2 (WS): P3, (k, p4, k, p6, k, p4) x 2, k, p2.
    Row 3: K, (p, k, p, k6, p2, k6) x 2, p, k, p, k2.
    Row 4: P, (k, p3, k, p12) x 2, k, p3, k.
    Row 5: (K5, p, (k2, p2) x 2, k2, p) x 2, k5, p.
    Row 6: (P7, k, p8, k) x 2, p6.
    Row 7: K2, (p, k4, p, k2, p2, k2, p, k4) x 2, p, k3.
    Row 8: P2, (k, p, k, p14) x 2, (k, p) x 2.
    Row 9: ((P, k3) x 2, p2, k2, p2, k3) x 2, p, k3, p, k.
    Row 10: K, p5, k, p2, k, p7, k, p5, k, p10, k, p5.
    Row 11: K6, (p, k3, p2, k3, p, k7) x 2.
    Row 12: P3, k, p4, k3, p2, k3, (p4, k) x 2, p6, k, p4, k, p2.
    Row 13: (K, p) x 2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4, p, k, p, k4, p6, k4, p, k, p, k2.
    Row 14: P, (k, p3) x 2, k2, p2, k2, (p3, k) x 2, p12, k, p4.
    Row 15: (K5, p, k4, p2, k4, p) x 2, k5, p.
    Row 16: Repeat row 6.
    Row 17: K2, (p, k4, p3, k2, p3, k4) x 2, p, k3.
    Row 18: Repeat row 8.
    Row 19: (P, k3, p, k5, p2, k5) x 2, p, k3, p, k.
    Row 20: (K, p5, k, p10) x 2, k, p5.
    Row 21: Repeat row 1.
    Row 22: Repeat row 2.
    Row 23: Repeat row 3.
    Row 24: Repeat row 4.
    Row 25: Repeat row 5.
    Row 26: Repeat row 6.
    Row 27: Repeat row 7.
    Row 28: Repeat row 8.
    Row 29: Repeat row 9.
    Row 30: Repeat row 20.
    Row 31: Repeat row 11.
    Row 32: Repeat row 2.
    Row 33: K, (p, k, p, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4) x 2, p, k, p, k2.
    Row 34: Repeat row 4.
    Row 35: Repeat row 15.
    Rows 36 - 55: Repeat rows 16 - 35.
    Row 56: Repeat row 6.

    Happy Knitting

    Tina B xx


    square 3

    I know I said each Monday but I am in the day job tomorrow so may not have time to post- thus this Sunday evening one instead.

    This week's Gansey Square is Bude: Ladders. For those of you who don't know Cornwall, Bude is sited on the North Coast of  the county and an area notorious for Wreckers, Smugglers and Shipwrecks. If you ever get the chance, do walk along the coastal path here. You can spot the Island of Lundy home of the protected Puffins and find Reverend Hawkers Driftwood hut on the cliffs at Morwenstow. Legend says he smoked opium here whilst writing poetry and watching for Shipwrecks! I visited a year or so again and it is very easy to imagine.

    Anyway, this pattern is a fun and easy ladder pattern. Gansey motifs and stitch patterns often feature ropes and ladders as well as anchors, waves and sand bars. Just cast on 40 sts with 3.5mm needles and knit away. I have included both chart and written instructions for ease. 

    bude ladders


    Using 3.5mm needles, CO 40 sts        cornish gansey square 3 bude ladder

    Row 1 and all RS rows: Knit. (40 sts)
    Row 2 (WS): P, (k, p11) x 3, k, p2.
    Row 4: Knit.
    Row 6: Repeat row 2.
    Row 8: Repeat row 2.
    Row 10: Repeat row 2.
    Row 12: Repeat row 2.
    Row 14: Repeat row 2.
    Row 16: Knit.
    Row 18: Repeat row 2.
    Row 20: Repeat row 2.
    Row 22: Repeat row 2.
    Row 24: Repeat row 2.
    Row 26: Repeat row 2.
    Row 28: Knit.
    Row 30: Repeat row 2.
    Row 32: Repeat row 2.
    Row 34: Repeat row 2.
    Row 36: Repeat row 2.
    Row 38: Repeat row 2.
    Row 40: Knit.
    Row 42: Repeat row 2.
    Row 44: Repeat row 2.
    Row 46: Repeat row 2.
    Row 48: Repeat row 2.
    Row 50: Repeat row 2.
    Row 52: Knit.
    Row 54: Repeat row 2.
    Row 56: Repeat row 2.

    Happy knitting

    love  Tina B xxxx