Brooklyn Tweed’s newly released BT Ganseys collection is nothing but timeless simplicity. The eight sweaters and hats included in the collection are inspired by the tradition of Gansey fisherman sweaters of the British Isles. Historically, these sweaters were knit at a dense gauge to protect the wearer from the harsh winds and salt air that come with a seafaring lifestyle. The hallmark drop shoulder of a Gansey sweater was typically combined with other features like well placed ribbing around the shoulders and large underarm gussets to allow for maximum wearability, thus prolonging the life of the garment as well. While originally designed for function, the knitters of these sweaters introduced a variety of stitch patterns and textures into the sweaters as a mark of workmanship.
This collection draws on the construction and patterns of these historic garments, while adding a modern twist for the knitters of today. Here are our four favorite pieces that will certainly be stylish additions to any wardrobe!
Fairweather by Veronik Avery
This feminine sweater combines rich cables and moss stitch typically found in Gansey sweaters with touches of traditional lace motifs to lighten the look. A flared hem is also employed to give a little movement while making your hips visually narrower. Just as women wore Ganseys in a rainbow of pastel colors, try Fairweather in Postcard, Camper or Foothills.
Forge by Jared Flood
This bold watchcap features a bold OXO cable on both the body of the hat and on the faux fold-over brim. This unisex hat has somewhat of a unique construction being worked from the top down, allowing for maximum customizability. Knit Forge in a bright pop of color like Cinnabar, Thistle or Sap for a truly eye-catching accessory.
Caspian by Jaren Flood
Honoring the Gansey tradition in every sense, Caspian features bold cables on the yoke and ribbed shoulders for a superb fit. With the most subtle of A-lines, this sweater is easy to wear and will surely become a staple garment in your wardrobe. Decorative seams and well-planned details make this sweater as fun to knit as it is to wear. Try Caspian in your favorite saturated color such as Button Jar, Almanac or Long Johns.
Crag by Jared Flood
The all-over pattern of dense cables makes Crag suitable for even the stormiest of days. Perfect for even a novice cable knitter, the cables in this hat interlock together into a predictable pattern that looks great on everyone. The rich bold cables will handle even the darkest of colors, so try out dark neutrals such as Pumpernickel, Old World or Soot.
Which pattern from the collection is your favorite?