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'Along with a remarkable picture of social history there are instructions as to how to knit a gansey with thirty individual village or family patterns.' (Guardian, 01.01.80) 'a remarkable picture of social history' (The Guardian), 'fascinating reading ... beautifully produced' (Western Morning News). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mary Wright is a specialist knitting instructor. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United Kingdom, and in Japan. Since the publication of Cornish Guernseys and Knit-frocks she has given many lectures and broadcasts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Polperro Heritage Press; 2nd edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955364884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955364884
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.2 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Gean on September 11, 2010
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This is a small book and the print is not very large but it's a great history of sweaters/knit frocks worn by the people on the coastal area of Cornwall. The patterns are very good graphs and the photos are old and very good quality. A window into the past and the knitters and who lived in those Guernesy sweaters. I will enjoy it over and over and will also use it to design and knit my own guernesy sweaters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Jenkins on March 4, 2013
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This book serves as a superb companion to Patterns For Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans, by Gladys Thompson.

There are great personal stories along with history of the area, and the history of knitting in coastal England. I enojoyed the seeing the patterns in the pictures of the people wearing their "Ganseys". The patterns and instructions for creating Guernseys are well-written and clearly explained.

I devoured it in one sitting, now am going back to start the patterns!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Davey on February 15, 2010
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Quality of book and speed of delivery was great. I love the history, pictures and techniques in the book and will knitting my first Guernsey soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Sachse on September 27, 2013
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This book is superb, both as a source of historical information and as a knitting guide. It has beautiful old photographs, informative text, and clear and concise knitting patterns with very easy to read graphs. It is one that you will return to again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By foleyk on February 5, 2013
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This is not just a knitting book. It contains stories and photos of the people in Cornwall, where there is a long tradition of knitting for the fishermen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Not her real name on August 12, 2013
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This is more a history than a pattern book and I enjoyed it. If the history interests you and you are comfortable designing your own sweater using the elements shown (and described) here you'll find lots of useful information. If you're looking for a book with color pictures and easy to follow patterns, you might want to look elsewhere. There is a complete sweater pattern or two at the end, but that was the least useful part for me.

By the way, this book uses "Frock" as another term for sweater, not a dress as you might expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By suzanna on December 21, 2014
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I have been wanting to recreate the Guernsey that my Granny made for my Grandfather. Having been born in Cornwall, I found this is a great book for the history and the charts. Some of the pictures took me back to my childhood. The knitting patterns are a bit intimidating, but I also found another book called Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel that has more in-depth patterns. Between the two books, I feel like I can knit a sweater that looks just like my Grandfather's.
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