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Learn to knit a fisherman’s gansey – 2 Nov 2023 – 21 Mar 2024

2 November 2023 @ 10:00 am 21 March 2024 @ 3:30 pm

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Sheringham Museum and the East Anglia Gansey Group in conjunction with Rita Taylor, knitwear designer and author, present: Learn to Knit a Fisherman’s Gansey course.

Lessons fortnightly from 2 November 2023 to 21 March 2024.

Please check the Sheringham Museum Facebook page for updated information.


Where: at the rear Schools entrance to the building (Sheringham Museum at the Mo, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk. NR26 8BG).


When: 10.30-12.00 (lunch 12-1.30 not provided) 1.30-3.00pm Tea and coffee included.

Week 1: Thursday 2nd November 2023. A brief history of ganseys, choosing yarn, knitting a tension swatch to work out size, estimating how much yarn is needed and advice on which yarn to use.

Week 2: Thursday 16th November 2023. Casting on different ways including long tail, double knot, and Channel Island cast on. Deciding on your welt style. Knitting in the round.

Week 3: Thursday 30th November 2023. Choosing your motifs and patterns to include, choosing definition ridges, and fitting the pattern into the required size.

Week 4: Thursday 7th December 2023. Choosing your seam stitches, how much stocking stitch to do before starting your pattern, whether to add initials, what type of definition ridge to work, if any.

Break to catch up over the festive period and knit all that plain stocking stitch!

Week 5: Thursday 11th January 2024. Gussets; where to start them, choosing the method and frequency of increasing.

Week 6: Thursday 25th January 2024. Dividing for the back and front and working the pattern with the wrong side facing.

Week 7: Thursday 8th February 2024. What style of neck? Shaping if it’s a crew neck, where to start and how wide to make it.

Week 8: Thursday 22nd February 2024. Shoulders and the different methods of joining them, neck gussets and how to make them.

Week 9: Thursday 7th March 2024. Picking up the sleeves, decreasing, and adding a pattern and working that upside down.

Week 10: Thursday 21st March 2024. Types of cuffs and finishing off and blocking.
This fortnightly course will have 1 month break over the festive period.

Terms and conditions

If you change your mind or can no longer attend a course, email enquiries@sheringhammuseum.co.uk no more than 14 days after you made your purchase and we will be happy to provide you with a full refund with no administrative fees. In exceptional circumstances, refunds may be offered after this point – but not through nonattendance of the course. Any sessions missed through unavoidable circumstances can be ‘caught up with’ and the tutor will assist individuals to do this as homework to keep pace with the rest of the group. Additional study materials may include links to pre-recorded video tutorials, lecture handouts, PDF copies of PowerPoint presentations, further reading lists and other resources.

£120 Cost per person. 5 ply yarn supplied for swatches.

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Sheringham Museum at the Mo, Lifeboat Plain
Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8BG United Kingdom
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