West – Jumper


“Fishermen walked on the unfamiliar element of land with deliberate strides, arms held out penguin fashion as if the ground might suddenly tilt beneath their feet.”

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 19th and early 20th centuries, West is a unisex Gansey jumper designed to be pulled on, on a blustery summer’s day.

The name West comes from a long line of Sheringham fisherman, including “Teapot” and “Red Eye”- each with a story to tell! The family had their own Gansey patterns and stitches passed down from mother to daughter through 4 generations. This particular pattern of “Herringbone” and “Rung” stitches probably originates from a stitch the “Scotch Fisher Girls” brought with them along the coast and which were then incorporated into the family design by Ann West in the 1970’s.

My version of the West Gansey has fashion back shoulders, a neat but open crew neck and boxy silhouette which makes the jumper feel light and airy for the British spring and summer time. The sleeves are a regular length with a drop shoulder tapering in to the cuff, like the original Gansey knits, which makes them easy to wear over dresses and blouses. The “Herringbone” design has been enlarged and re-positioned to just above the rib, and continues uninterrupted around the bottom half of the jumper.



The yarn for this style has been spun to order from a very high quality organic Oeko-Tex certified Pima cotton (46%) and RWS certified extrafine merino (54%) blend, then knitted in Nottinghamshire. it is tightly twisted to minimise the risk of pilling and colourfast. The high merino wool content means it won’t loose its shape over time, but it will spring back into shape when steamed or washed. It comes in two sizes S/M (to fit a women’s size 8-10) and M/L (to fit a women’s size 12-14 or men’s size small). This style has a deliberately boxy fit so that it is light and airy for the British spring-summer months and can be worn layered over a T shirt or worn next to the skin due to its softness. The perfect mixture of warmth and cosiness, designed to be pulled on when the breeze picks up or the sun hides behind a cloud!


Size S/M measures 57 cm in length and 59cm wide at the chest, 54cm wide at hem, 58cm across shoulders.

Size M/L measures 59cm in length and 62cm wide at the chest, 62cm wide at welt and 59.5cm across shoulders.

It has neat, long sleeves that finish at the base of the wrist and a crew neck trim knitted in a 1×1 rib.

Available in Cream, Royal Blue or Dark Navy Blue.

To discover the full story behind our organic cotton, please visit the journal page.

Additional information


Almond, Cream, Navy Blue, Royal Blue


Small/Medium, Medium/Large


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