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Traditional Guernsey jumper




The authentic traditional navy unisex Guernsey sweater made from 100% pure British wool with loving care, combining 400 year old traditional techniques and skills with historic textured patterns and style details and made on modern equipment and sewn together with traditional Guernsey skills. Sultry fisherman not included. Need a different sleeve or body length? We can offer a bespoke service for an extra £15. Call us on 01424 777711.

The original Guernseys, with a "diamond” underarm insert for ease of movement, were worn primarily by Guernsey’s fisherman in the 17th century. The jumper later became popular throughout coastal Britain where seafarers wore a "Gansey”. Channel Islanders hand knitted distinctive stitch patterns into the jumper including ribbing at the top of the sleeve to mirror a sailing ship's rope ladder, a garter stitch panel depicting breaking waves and stitching on the sweater shoulders representing pebbles, stones and sand. Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots both owned Guernsey knitwear. Mary Queen of Scots is said to have worn a pair of Guernsey stockings at her execution. Many families had their own variation of the patterns in their knitwear that became a means of recognition when unfortunate sailors were lost at sea. International recognition of Guernsey sweaters came in the 17th century when Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of Jersey and forged trade links with Newfoundland. The Guernsey had become well known by the 19th century. Nelson recommended it to the Admiralty as a valuable article of naval clothing and, in 1857, the soldiers of the garrison in Halifax, Nova Scotia were issued with Guernsey sweaters as part of their winter equipment.

BRITISH design
Components 100% british made
Eco friendly

  • IMPORTANT: The chest measurement is the exact measurement of the sweater when laid flat. For best fit, take a tight chest measurement (not too tight, but no allowance) and add  3-4 inches to arrive at the best size Guernsey for you
  • Length is measured from SIDE of the neck to bottom of garment (see diagram above)
  • 100% British wool
  • Hand wash with care or dry clean
Guernsey Woollens, Guernsey

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