Materials required: 5ply Guernsey yarn 400g, set of UK size 13 (US 1, 2.5 mm) dpns, (optional circular needle for body).
This pattern, created by myself, is based on a genuine Cornish Guernsey (also known as a knit-frock) traditionally over-sized for a 2 year-old and should last for several years (roll back the sleeve cuffs and revel in the extra length). The front and back are identical, thus allowing even wear on both body and sleeves, preventing uneven wear-out. The firm highly twisted wool and thin needles create a soft, dense and warm garment, for wearing outdoors in a British winter/spring/autumn.
Guernsey wool is very hardwearing and was created for sea-going garments, bargees, labourers and outdoor workers of the 19th century. It is unlikely that a child could wear this garment out if it is knitted in genuine guernsey wool, so expect it to be handed down through several children or generations. During wear, proper guernsey yarn develops a polish or sheen which gives it more stitch definition and helps to prevent wear.
Several of the patterns are taken from Mary Wright’s book ‘Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks’ published by The Heritage Press, Clifton-upon-Teme, Worcestershire, UK; first published in 1979.
This guernsey will be a very hardwearing garment which cannot be replicated at this tension by a machine. This guernsey may well become a family heirloom!
(c) Lorna Jenkin 2010. This pattern may be freely copied, but not used commercially. Please ensure that the pattern is copied intact and the author is credited with the pattern, originally devised for my website www.woollywoodlanders.co.uk