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“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 windy summer’s day.

Its name comes from a whole line Sheringham fisherman, including “Teapot” West who was famously given a silver teapot by a British Airman’s wife, after he saved his life during the I World War. This fishing 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 would appear to originate from some of the Scotch Fisher Girls’ patterns and which was then incorporated into the family design by Ann West in the 1970’s.

This style has fashion back shoulders, a neat crew neck and a boxy silhouette which makes the jumper feel light and airy for the British spring and summer time. The sleeves are regular length, generously wide at the arm hole, tapering in to the cuff, like the original Gansey knits, which makes them easy to wear over other pieces, or roll up. The “Herringbone” design has been enlarged and re-positioned just above the rib, and creates a flowing pattern around the base of the jumper.

This Gansey is knitted in a certified GOTS organic cotton and merino (15%) blended yarn for the Gansey (Navy) Blue colour and a certified GOTS organic cotton and cashmere (5%) blend for the Cream colour. It is extremely soft to the touch and can be worn next to the skin or over a T shirt, dress, shirt or blouse.