Record number GP67
        Simple name gansey pattern
        Full name chevrons & Betty Martin & vertical & indigenous
        Other name Buster Long's chevron and Betty Martin gansey
        Classified name 4.151.721
            System SHIC
        Brief description Gansey pattern, Buster Long's chevron and Betty Martin gansey, Sheringham about 1900
        Nature wearer
        Person fisherman : Long, Buster
        Place & Sheringham & Norfolk
        Activity fishing
        Date 1900 = 1905 (c)
        Note Buster's wife wears voluminous sleeves and a high lace collar, possibly black, suggesting late Victorian dress
        Method hand knitted
        Person knitter :
        Date 1900 (c)
        Place & Sheringham & Norfolk
        Technical data 12 spi, 17 rpi
            Note3 tension
        Note The tension is deduced from chart and the number of pattern repeats. Nine repeats of the Betty Martin motif (6); 8 repeats of the chevron panel (24). Chest therefore is 496 stitches, including false seams, which is 41.3 inches. Yoke height is 29 repeats of the chevrons, which is 232 rows, which is exactly 13.6 inches
        Simple name photograph
        Full name digital copy
        Note Tim Groves collection. Olive Edis photograph?
        Result pattern chart
        Person charted by : Warren, Martin
        Person swatches knitted by : Smith, Val
        Date 18.3.2020 = 2.4.2023
        Type pattern chart
        Type sampler
        Corporate body for : Sheringham Museum
        Person knitted by : Smith, Val
        Dimensions 20 x 20 cm
        Date requested 2.4.2023
    Documentation group  
        Class pattern chart
        Reference number GP67_chart.pdf
    Documentation group  
        Link shering.html
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 8.9.2022
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 13.2.2022
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 14.10.2020
    Notes Of all the patterns we have worked on, this has been the hardest to decipher, requiring eighteen versions of the chart and almost as many swatches as we refined our ideas. With only one low resolution digital photograph to work with, it was impossible to count individual stitches. Fortunately the Betty Martin could be recognised as the same as that used in Buster's other gansey, GP27. It has a width of six stitches and a repeat of 4 rows in height and this provided a very useful yardstick to guage the rest of the pattern by. The sticking point, apart from getting the scale right, was the breaking up of the chevrons into blocks. We finally recognised that we were looking at the wrong side, as the column of single purl stitches on the reverse of one of the swatches provided the faint shadow we observed in the photograph. This has happened before (e.g. GP39)
    Notes Despite the seemingly impossible photograph we have created a chart with a degree of confidence by using proportions, ratios, measurement and calculation rather than counting stitches directly. The final resulting swatch both looks right compared to the photograph and the stitch count provides exactly the measurements you would expect for the man, Buster Long.
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        Status2 provisional
        Date 1.4.2023