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“He liked to be outside when the rising sun marked a many-coloured road of light across the sea. Such unexpected colours: bronze and the softest pinks and yellows.”

Threads – The Delicate Life of John Craske. Julia Blackburn

A new addition to the Olive and George collection which draws inspiration from the Norfolk fishermen’s Gansey jumpers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Craske is a summer weight chunky cotton knit. Crafted from the highest quality 100% organic cotton, spun in Italy and expertly knitted in England.

One size and one colour, this jumper can be worn by men or women, a cosy go-to piece to pull on when the coastal breeze picks up. It is knitted with a high turtle neck which can be folded down or “popped” up depending on the weather. The top half of the body is knitted in a hailstone stitch on the front and back with a neat central shoulder seam and chunky rib trims. The body is generous and boxy, flatteringly shaped upwards towards the front. The sleeves are regular length with a ribbed cuff which can be pushed up to scrunch, or pulled down to cover the knuckles. Reverse knit panels run down each side seam – just like on the original Ganseys, this jumper is intentionally simple in pattern and form to complement the simplicity of the stitches.

The Craske Gansey is named after “Big John” Craske with a kind face. He was one of three brothers who owned two boats and saved enough momey to build 3 cottages after a good season’s fishing. It is said that the chimneys on these cottages were built to resemble the four funnels of a liner. The Craske brothers also ran whelk coppers close to their house and were successful fishermen with various sources of income.

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Knitted in 100% organic Navy Blue cotton, spun in Italy and knitted in Nottinghamshire, England by a wonderful small scale knitting factory.

This generous “One Size” only style has square proportions measuring approximately 53cm long at the front/ 57cm at the back and 67cm wide, the hem curves down by 4cm between front and back to create a flattering curved hemline. This piece generously fits our model Ella who is a size small/medium and will also fit a menswear size small.

Snagging risk: As this garment has been knitted using multiple ends of cotton yarn it may get caught on items of jewellery. Please take care when pulling over your head or taking off and avoid contact with jewellery.

To discover the story behind the Norfolk Gansey knits please visit our Journal page.

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