Record number GP39
        Simple name gansey pattern
        Full name hoop nets & diamonds & vertical &indigenous
        Other name Esther Nurse's open meshes and hoop nets pattern
        Named collection Michael Harvey collection
        Classified name 4.151.721
            System SHIC
        Brief description Gansey pattern, a tesselated pattern devised and knitted by Esther Nurse of Lower Bodham about 1950; net mask columns with motifs of hoop nets (triangles of complex moss stitch with a bar across the top interpreted as symbolising the hoop nets formerly used for catching crabs)
        Note This pattern was grossly mis-charted by Michael Harvey in Gladys Thompson (softback edition) and copied in several books without reference to the original for over 50 years until I published the correct chart (below) on 17.8.2019.
        Note The original gansey contains an error in the sixth diamond from the bottom (on the side with one hole in it). A plain row has been inserted where it should not be. The effect is to raise the damond meshes by one row with respect to the hoop nets from then on upwards. This was at first interpreted as an 'improvement', as it evens up the spacing between the east-west points of the diamonds and the bars on the top of the hoop nets. However, once it was known that this adjustment was not extended to the other side of the gansey it was thought to simply be an error. It is doubtful if this has ever been noticed by anyone.
        Nature wearer
        Person fisherman :
        Place & Sheringham & Norfolk
        Activity fishing
        Method hand knitted
        Person knitter : Nurse, Esther (nee Middleton)
            Birth date 1906
            Birth place & Sheringham & Norfolk
            Death date 1970
            Death place Lower Bodham
        Date 1950 (c)
        Place & Lower Bodham & Norfolk
        Technical data 12 spi, 17 rpi
            Note3 tension
        Simple name gansey
        Full name  
        Reference number SHMMT : 2019.1.1
        Note Michael Harvey collection
            Institution3 Sheringham Museum (M. Warren)
        Type digitised image
        Type digitised image
            Institution3 Fibre Workshop
        Note Blog: Dutch Ganseys at the Sheringham Museum. Photograph of the very gansey loaned by Michael Harvey for the exhibition.
        Result pattern chart
        Person charted by : Warren, Martin
        Person swatch knitted by : Smith, Val
        Person swatch knitted by : Capon, Judy
        Date 17.8.2019
        Reference number GP39_chart.pdf
        Type sampler
        Corporate body for : Sheringham Museum
        Person knitter : Smith, Val
        Date requested 2018
        Dimensions 34 cm x 34 cm
    Documentation group  
        Link shering.html
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 19.11.2017
    Documentation group  
        Reference Thompson, Gladys : 1979 : Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans : Dover Publications : : chapter added by Michael Harvey of Great Yarmouth
            Note3 Fisherman's gansey in typical; pattern worn by fishermen at Sheringham. This was knitted by Mrs Esther Nurse of Lower Bodham (a Sheringham lady) about 1950. It was knitted in Patons 4-ply Behive fingering at a tension of 12 stitches and 20 rows to the inch. It took about ten to twleve weeks to knit.Her father actually died wearing a gansey like this, it having to be cut off him as the gansey fitted like a glove. Five needles were used in the making size 15 to 16.
        Reference Taylor, Rita et al : 2017 : Sheringham Ganseys : : Sheringham Museum Noorfolk Trust Ltd :
        Reference Comton, Rae : 1985: Traditional Gurnesey and Jersey Knitting : : Batsford :
        Reference Pearson, Michael : 1984 : Michael Pearson's Traditional Knitting, Aran, Fair Isle and Fisher Ganseys : : Dover :
        Reference Gilpin, Di and Greenwell, Sheila : 2021 : The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook : : David and Charles : A small section is devoted to this pattern and its misinterpretation for over 50 years unil I corrected it.