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Traditional Dutch Ganseys for Children Book

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From around 1875 to 1950, Dutch fishermen wore sweaters with characteristic knit and purl stitch patterns, sometimes cable. These jerseys, known as ganseys, became an intrinsic part of the identity of the Dutchmen who wore them.

Many of the children in these fishing families wore ganseys too and school children were dressed in the knitwear seen on their fishermen fathers.

Stella Ruhe returns with over 40 sweaters to knit from 30 different Dutch villages – this time, for your little ones to wear and ramble in.

Based on the original designs shared by families and discovered in archives, Stella has created recreations of these historically important garments for our contemporary life that ooze classic style with modern minimalism.

The sizes of the ganseys run from 2- to 14-years old, but can easily be adjusted to any child’s size by following Stella's straightforward measuring instructions. Every gansey is a standard shape, meaning the beauty of each sweater is in the variation of pattern motifs and finishing details, which varies from village to village.

In the gallery of knitting designs, each jumper is accompanied by knitting charts – the pattern repeat clearly shown for easy garment adjusting, a diagram of the jumper and styled, modern photography.

With a wealth of fascinating background information and historical photos of the original designs alongside every design, this is an inspiring book for the ambitious knitter looking for unique, classic knitwear, and a brilliant read for anyone interested in craft, culture and heritage.


  • Traditional Dutch Ganseys for Children Book
    • Extent 144 pages
    • Illustrations 300 Colour illustrations
    • Table of Contents
      • Foreword 4
        • 1. The gansey 6
        • 2. Child labour and compulsory education 14
        • 3. Children in the fishing industry before and around 1900 20
        • 4. At Sea 30
        • 5. Knitting 42
        • 6. North SEa Coast 54
        • 7. Major rivers 96
        • 8. Wadden Sea Coast 104
        • 9. Zuiderzee Coast 116
      • Word of Thanks 142
      • Credits 143

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