“…there is a weightlessness to being out at sea, carried along by air and floating on water, making you feel as if you do not have a body and the whole world is without solidity.”
Threads – The Delicate Life of John Craske. Julia Blackburn
From the Olive and George collection, drawing inspiration from the Norfolk fishermen’s Gansey jumpers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cazey is a womens wear style with a high funnel neck, knitted in fisherman’s rib.
William George Larner “Cazey” Goffin, was a grocer from Winterton, who also knitted Ganseys for the fishermen. He was related to two well known fishing families; the Larners and the Goffins. This jumper focuses on the construction of the rib, highlighting the transfer needles around the raglan arm hole and shoulder seams, and again at the split seams between front and back panels, so that the garment is knitted in as few sections as possible and takes on an almost architectural appearance.
The flared sleeve is an inversion of the traditional Gansey sleeve which is very tight at the cuff, angling out to a very wide arm hole. The opposite has been achieved in this knit.
Knitted from un-dyed Peruvian Baby Alpaca yarn (please see images in the Journal section of our website for how the alpacas live), this garment uses a plied up and twisted version of this yarn to create a chunky knit, and is made in London.
This style has a wonderful drape when worn, due to the extremely high quality and purity of the fibres. The funnel neck is knitted integrally with the body so that the lines are not interrupted and the jumper “flows” when worn.
This jumper is slim line measuring 51cm long by 49cm wide on a size XS/S and 53cm long by 52cm wide on a size M/L. The back panels are 12cm longer than the front, creating a flattering stepped silhouette.
To find out more of the story behind our British wool please visit the Journal page.
Hailstone Grey, Toffee Apple