Nora Sleeveless Gansay Pattern


This single pattern is available as a download.

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).

Metres: 640 (800)m.

My Alternative Yarn Suggestions & Amounts: The Croft Shetland Tweed Aran 4(5) 100g hanks, or Merino Aran 8 (9) 5og balls.

Needles: 4.5mm (this is for the neck edge which is not knitted in the round) and 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 cms
32-40 42-50 ins
Actual Chest Size
108 136 cms
42¼ 53½ ins
Length (from shoulder)
54 60 cms
21¼ 23½ ins

My design ideas and advice: This sleeveless top is my first Purl &Jane garment that is knitted in the round. It is knitted for the bottom up and then divides for the front and back, which are then knitted in rows.
This sleeveless top uses the same pattern as the Woodhouse Gansay but is different because it is knitted in the round and not the flat and in pieces like the Woodhouse is.
The Nora is inspired, like the Woodhouse, by my total and absolute love of 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 while they work hard.

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