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  1. gansey squares

    Well, It is coming up for this year's 3 Bags Full Wool Market once more and as per usual, the team are planning something special which everyone can get their needles out and get involved in. This year we are yarn bombing Liskeard town and the good natured shop owners have allowed us enhance their shop windows with knitted creatures, food, flowers and the like. If this is your favourite thing to knit, then head over to the website (link above) where you can pick up patterns and have some fun. However, as an added project, we thought it would be great to use our own Cornish Gansey stitch patterns to knit squares which initially will be used for some of the yarn bombing projects but will then be sewn together and donated to the Syrian Refugees via Open Heart, Open Borders.

    Over the next four Mondays, I will reveal a new gansey square pattern with accompanying chart and text for you to knit. Originally, ganseys were knitted in 5ply yarn but I have decided to use double knitting weight yarn for two reasons- the first being bigger squares more quickly and the second- we all have loads of DK in our stash don't we! I am going down a needle size to a 3.5mm needle as the tighter tension will show up the purl stitches more effectively. Using Mary Wright's wonderful book Cornish Guernseys & Knitfrocks, as design reference, I proudly present this weeks square- Looe: Eddystone which uses the raised purl stitches to suggest little lighthouses across the fabric. 

    close up looe eddystone


    The finished squares measure 6.5 x 6.5 in / 17 x17 cm and uses 3.5mm needles and any DK weight yarn

    Looe: Eddystone Square                                             eddystone

    Row 1 and all RS rows: Knit. (40 sts)
    Row 2 (WS): (K7, p4) x 3, k7.
    Row 4: P, (k5, p6) x 3, k5, p.
    Row 6: P2, (k3, p8) x 3, k3, p2.
    Row 8: P3, (k, p10) x 3, k, p3.
    Row 10: Purl.
    Row 12: Purl.
    Row 14: Repeat row 2.
    Row 16: P, k3, p8, (k5, p6) x 2, k5, p.
    Row 18: Repeat row 6.
    Row 20: Repeat row 8.
    Row 22: Purl.
    Row 24: Purl.
    Row 26: Repeat row 2.
    Row 28: Repeat row 4.
    Row 30: Repeat row 6.
    Row 32: Repeat row 8.
    Row 34: Purl.
    Row 36: Purl.
    Row 38: Repeat row 2.
    Row 40: Repeat row 4.
    Row 42: Repeat row 6.
    Row 44: Repeat row 8.
    Row 46: Purl.
    Row 48: Purl.
    Row 50: Repeat row 2.
    Row 52: Repeat row 4.
    Row 54: Repeat row 6.
    Row 56: Repeat row 8.


    Happy Knitting

    Tina B  xxx

  2. Hi all,

    Well, the children have gone back to school today and after a blitz around the house I am now back at my desk and can resume more regular working hours.

    Lots to tell you and the first is that we are now stocking 500g hanks of Frangipani 5 ply undyed yarn at £18.00 per hank which I am sure you will agree is amazing value plus you have the guaranteed quality that comes with Frangipani yarns. We all know how high the quality of their yarn is and these natural skeins are no exception.


    I was the first to seperate out some mini-skeins for a dying experiment of my own. I washed them first just in case of grease but I must say, they were in good condition and only a light washing was required. After soaking in citric acid, I used a rainbow of colours to see how the yarn took up the colour. I set the colour by steaming on my cooker. As you can see, the results were fantastic . The yarn took the colours really well and I was really excited with the unicorn tails I ended up with. They will not be wasted. These 10g skeins will be stripes, perhaps in a sock pattern or mitts. Anyhow, for those of you who are hand dyers, I have pre-tested things for you and I know you won't be disappointed. Head over to the shop to make your purchase now.


    On the Appledore Gansey front, the film link will be coming your way later next month I believe. There is some editing in progress at present but as soon as it's live I will shout our here and on Social Media too.

    I will also be adding a Cornish Gansey Facebook page this week. Up until now I have avoided this social media platform, put off by my teenagers constant stream of selfies I am afraid. However, more sensible colleagues have since shown me how valuable it can be and so, if Facebook is your favourite, you can join me here from Wednesday of this month. I will add a button to the footer of my website for easy access.

    The school holidays have left me with far too many WIP and UFO which I really hate. I'm a bit of a sticker who likes to finish one thing before moving on to the next. On top of this I have a couple of crochet commissions to complete for Inside Crochet magazine so I will have to get my act together on the organisation front! 

    I have, however, completed Liz Lovick's Burnside Vest which I blogged about in my previous post. I have just the neck and armbands to finish which I will do tonight before blocking. Can't wait to wear it. There is definitely an autumnal nip in the air so it'll be dandy and perfect over a frock.


    For those who live in the South West of England, The Cornish Gansey Company will be having a stand at 3 Bags Full Wool market which will be held in Liskeard on Friday 2nd October from 4pm in the Public Hall. There will be very reasonably priced workshops around the town in the week before and after the market which will be held by myself and also reknowned Lace Designer, Anniken Allis amongst others. Do head over the website to see what's on offer and if you are local and decide to visit, do come and say hello.        

    Details of 3 Bags Full Wool Market can be found at

    Happy knitting


    Tina B xx