100% British wool.
Directions: Hand wash with care or dry clean.
IMPORTANT: The chest measurement above 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. Call us before you order on 01424 777711 if in any doubt. We can also offer a bespoke service for an extra £15 if say you would like a longer length or sleeve.
The original Guernseys, with a diamond underarm insert for ease of movement, were worn primarily by Guernsey 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.
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