Join our 8 week course to knit your own unique Isle of Wight fisherman’s Gansey in 100% British wool to our original design

A Gansey is a jumper hailing from small fishing communities. Traditionally made for those working at sea the yoke of each Gansey would have distinctive designs to identify the port of the wearer. The knitted pattern was unique to each port and used to identify the wearer. As people would not have been able to read or write the pattern was handed down word of mouth through generations. Gansey’s were also functional items made from a worsted wool given a tight weave, the lanolin in the yarn making the finished item warm and water resistant.

Our unique Isle of Wight Gansey with its own Island pattern has been created by knitwear designer Gail Middleton exclusively for us. We too are only passing on the pattern by word of mouth on our knitting course in the company of knitters of all levels.


Every Tuesday

16 April to 4 June

6:30 – 8:30pm


£160 for 8 week course including Rowan Yarn 100% British wool & needles


Min 4 people

Pre bookings only

What you will do

You will knit your own Isle of Wight Gansey jumper over 8 weeks with guided on tuition at every stage. All yarn and needles are included in the course.

As an official Rowan Yarn stockist you can choose from two types of yarn to make your jumper.

Cocoon is a wonderfully soft British yarn made from a blend of 80% merino wool and 20% kid mohair giving a modern and wearable knit.

Denim Revive a 100% recycled cotton yarn sourced from the fashion industry. Its impressive environmental credentials giving a signature rustic finish for a retro feel.

You can also choose to make a men’s or women’s version and adapt your pattern with the help of Gail to create a truly bespoke knit.

This course is open to all levels.

Your Teacher

Your teacher Gail Middleton has an enviable knitting heritage. Her career credits include knitwear designer for John Galliano in the 80s prior to launching her own couture knitwear label WearDowney and London shop. She was also a knitwear pattern designer for Rowan Yarns. Now running an award winning independent bookshop in Freshwater she brings decades of knitting pattern expertise and lifelong love of wool to our course.

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51 School Green Road
Isle of Wight
PO40 9AS

01983 718 400