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Frangipani 100% Wool Guernsey Yarn

MSRP: $66.00
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Frangipani Authentic Guernsey Yarn
Big project-sized 500g cones in classic and modern shades

Pure British wool beginning with the sheep and carefully prepared at every step on through to you. This special 5-ply wool is spun and dyed in Yorkshire in the mills that have for generations been supplying the very best of British yarns.

For years traditional knitting of ganseys, Guernseys, Cornish Knit-Frocks and all fisherman's sweaters has been part of British history. In past centuries, knitters have used this wool to produce wind and water resistant sweaters for their fishermen in the frigid north Atlantic. Today, a traditional gansey is a work of art that deserves the very best wool available. Plan on 2 cones for a single color adult sweater.

Smooth and resilient, this worsted-spun wool is also suitable for sport weight, DK, and Light-Worsted weight projects, using the appropriate needle size. It can be used for lighter weight fabrics, those which can carry cables and heavy textures, stranded color work, two-sided double knitting, and even lace! This is a substantial wool that is warm, has stability, and keeps its shape even when knit at larger gauge.

Important Info!! We carry Beth Brown Reinsel's
Gansey Book and DVD's, and Beth's Patterns too. We still have many of the Wendy Gansey patterns, and some books on Gansey sweaters. Also, don't forget if you are unsure about a color, we will send you a clip--just ask..

  • 100% wool 5 ply worsted-spun from Britain
  • 32 St & 36 rows = 4" on US 1.5-2.5 needles for traditional gansey gauge
  • larger gauge 20 St = 4" on US 5-7 needles for DK or light worsted weight fabric
  • use US 6-9 needles for lace
  • 500g cone = about 1240 yards (1045m)
  • Hand wash, short spin or roll in towels, dry flat and steam press, or dry clean (not machine washable)
Need more inspiration?? Don't have time to knit your own? Go meet our new friends at Flamborough Marine Ltd, where Lesley and Geoffrey Miller are enthusiastically keeping the Gansey culture alive! They graciously agreed to allow us to use their pictures, which you can see in the alternates above. Thank you Flamborough Marine! And the landscape photos are beautiful too.

9 Reviews

  • 5
    For a Gansey Jumper

    Posted by Dora on Apr 3rd 2023

    Great service for a yarn that’s often hard to source in the U.S.

  • 5
    Amazing response

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 14th 2023

    The yarn was as nice as I expected, having a sample card. What was amazing was that I placed my order on a Friday evening, and the yarn was in my mailbox Monday morning! And this was the free, standard delivery.

  • 5
    Great selection of Frangipani Yarn

    Posted by Nor on Feb 14th 2023

    Great selection of Frangipani Yarn and great competitive price. Fast shipping too. Will buy again that is for sure.

  • 5
    Trusted Yarn Source for Fabulous Yarn!

    Posted by Michele Jensen on Jun 22nd 2022

    I was so excited to find the British yarn I wanted from this website in the U.S. My yarn arrived so quickly! And it is beautiful! Now it is time to cast on. Thank you, !!

  • 5

    Posted by LuLu Weathers on Jan 17th 2022

    I am thrilled to of discovered the Handknitting website and I am more then happy with their service! If I hadn’t received this request to write a review I had planned on emailing them directly and thanking them.

  • 5
    Just what I wanted

    Posted by Jane Cavolina on Oct 8th 2021

    The color on the website was true, the price was terrific, the yarn arrived quickly, and I’m delighted all around.

  • 5
    Online purchase

    Posted by PolliAnne Grover on Jun 19th 2021

    Your website was easy to use. Ordering was painless, and delivery prompt. I will use your resource in the future.

  • 5
    Excellent Experience

    Posted by Elizabeth Franz on May 16th 2021

    Received my yarn quickly , the yarn is exactly as described. Hand never fails to exceed expectations! Thanks

  • 5
    The real deal for authentic ganseys

    Posted by DB on Mar 31st 2021

    I ordered two 500g cones for an adult gansey in navy. Knitting on US1 with ~10 st/in. Arrived fairly quickly and in pristine shape. By far the best price for this yarn if you live in the U.S. I will definitely return here for any more Frangipani I might need in the future and will likely keep in mind for any other yarns I cannot find in a local shop.