Record number GP72
        Simple name gansey pattern
        Full name diamonds & moss stitch & vertical & indigenous
        Other name Jenny Griffin's Flamborough gansey
        Named collection  
        Classified name 4.151.721
            System SHIC
        Brief description Gansey pattern, Jenny Griffin's Flamborough diamonds and moss stitch gansey, professionally knitted about 1948, Flamborough, Yorkshire; dark navy 5-ply 'Seamen's Iron' worsted; 8.25 stitches per inch; 6 columns of single moss meshes; 7 columns of single moss, front and back; wide false seam, stand up collar; underarm gusset; 5 rig shoulder stap; 1 inch plain below yoke; 3 inch welt
        Nature wearer
        Person artist & theatre designer : Griffin, Jenny & Webster, Jenny (nee)
            Birth date 15.12.1920
            Death date 14.9.2013
        Place & Bridlington & Yorkshire
        Activity fishing
        Date 1948 = 1950 (c)
        Method hand knitted
        Person knitter :
        Date 1948 = 1950 (c)
        Place & Flamborough & Yorkshire
        Technical data 8.33 spi (5-ply worsted 'Fisherman's Iron')
            Note3 tension
        Note Errors: there is a random column of purl stitches in the centre of one side in the plain band below the yoke; while the moss columns are generally 6 stitches wide, one of them increases to 7 stitches about 5 inches up the yoke; the 9th row of meshes up from the bottom of the yoke is larger, having not the normal 8 bobbles on each edge but 9, or 10, so that it occupies the whole width of the column; there are numerous mis-shapen meshes due to extra purl stitches for part of the height; the spaces between the meshes is sometimes 2 rows and sometimes 3.
        Note Collar: stand up collar 2 inches high
        Note False seam : k2, p1, k2, p1, k2
        Note Repairs: black wool reinforcing the edge of the cuffs
        Part:aspect:desc chest : circumference : 37 inches
        Part:aspect:desc back : height : 20 inches
        Part:aspect:desc yoke : height : 16 inches
        Part:aspect:desc plain : height : 1 inch
        Part:aspect:desc welt : height : 3 inches
        Part:aspect:desc collar : height : 2 inches
        Part:aspect:desc sleeve : length : 14.5 inches
        Simple name gansey
        Full name Yorkshire gansey
        Reference number  
            Institution3 Sheringham Museum
        Note Donated to Sheringham Museum
            Institution3 MRW
        Photograph number GP72_1.jpg
        Type digitised image
            Institution3 MRW
            Institution3 MRW
        Photograph number GP72_2.jpg
        Type digitised image
            Institution3 MRW
        Photograph number GP72_3.jpg
        Type digitised image
            Institution3 MRW
        Photograph number GP72_4.jpg
        Type digitised image
        Summary descript  
            Institution3 MRW
        Photograph number GP72_5.jpg
        Type digitised image
        Summary descript Painting by Jenny Griffin of the crew of the motor vessel 'Pride of Bridlington' baiting lines with mussels
        Result pattern chart
        Person charted by : Warren, Martin
        Person swatch knitted by :
        Reference number GP72_chart.pdf
        Type sampler
        Corporate body for :
        Person knitted by :
        Date requested  
    Documentation group  
        Link other_ganseys.html
        Person from : Griffin, Penny
        Date 10.2018
        Note daughter of John and Jenny Griffin
    Recorder Warren, Martin : 17.8.2021
    Documentation group  
    Notes Jenny Griffin (nee Webster) was a volunteer at Cromer Museum in the 1980s and 1990s and she lent this gansey to the museum for many years (E7701). After the Second World War she had been a theatre designer in the repertory theatre in Bridlington. She was friendly with the fishermen of Bridlington, especially the crew of the M.V. Pride of Bridlington, namely Charlie Newby (boyfriend), George 'Nasher' Broadbent, Stan Clarke, Maurice ?, Freddie Burdall and Tom Collins. She did an oil painting featuring this crew at work baiting lines and at the time of writing it hangs in the staircase of the cottage in Chapel Street, Cromer where Jenny and John Griffin used to live (now Penny's). She had the gansey knitted for her by the same professional source in Flamborough that the Bridlington fishermen obtained theirs.
    Notes Jenny Griffin told me that it was knitted for her by a professional in Flamborough, where the fishermen of Bridlington got theirs. The numerous errors in the knitting are further indication that this was commercially produced, knitted for a price, at great speed and errors going un-corrected. It was presumably thought to be plenty good enough by the knitter (for the money) and an authentic, endearing example of a professionally knitted Yorkshire gansey..
    Notes This is a good comparison with Sheringham ganseys. Firstly it is much courser being 8.25 spi and made of the usual yarn for Yorkshire - very hard 'Seaman's Iron' 5-ply worsted-spun yarn. Secondly, being professionally knitted (and perhaps because it was knitted for a stranger or an outsider) it is riddled with errors. Most likely this gansey was knitted for a fixed price and the knitter evidently did not have the time or the inclination to go back and correct errors. While this does not detract from the overall effect or the practicality of the gansey it does not have the sense of pride or care that invariably goes into Sheringham examples. Mistakes in Sheringham ganseys are rare and never obvious. In Jenny Griffins gansey errors are widespread. There are 72 meshes on each side. On one side there are 23 meshes that are mis-shapen because they have the wrong number of stitches in them (7, 9 or 10 rows per side when the correct number is 8).. On the other side there are 14 mis-shapen meshes. That is a very high error rate and surely indicates the time pressure the knitter was under. She may have had lots of work to do besides knitting, running the household, caring for children, possibly helping her husband if he was a fishermen in baiting lines or shucking mussels for bait.