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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 17 May 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215080
  • Stock: 12 in stock
  • Size: 200x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 530
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $49.99
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More Traditional Dutch Ganseys


65 classic sweaters to knit from 55 fishing villages by Stella Ruhe

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Book Description

65 classic sweaters to knit from 55 Dutch fishing villages

Between approximately 1875 and 1950, Dutch fishermen wore sweaters with characteristic knit and purl stitch patterns, sometimes cable. These jerseys, known as ganseys, became and intrinsic part of the identity of the Dutchmen who wore them, and their daily lives as fishermen.

Publication of the bestselling book Dutch Traditional Ganseys in 2013 renewed interest in the sweaters, and dozens more old photos were discovered that inspired the creation of a second book that includes 65 brand new gansey patterns. Based on original designs and incorporating elements from them, author Stella Ruhe's contemporary recreations of these historically important garments keep the Dutch fishing heritage alive.

Each design is accompanied by knitting diagrams, sketches, photographs and guidance on sizing, and all can be knitted for adults as well as children. With a wealth of fascinating background information and historical photos of the original designs, this is a unique and inspiring book for knitters, and a brilliant read for anyone interested in craft, culture and heritage.

Table of Contents


Corrections 7
Ganseys 8
Knitting 9
Sweater 10
Hand-knit & machine knit sweaters 11
Work gear 12 Practical sweaters 12
Practical sweaters 12
Sea fishing 14
Herring fishing 14
Shetland Islands 17
Dialects 17
Religion 20
Scotland, England & Ireland 21
Scottish & English ganseys 22
Other countries fishing for herring 25
Germany 25
Belgium and France 26
Fishing for fresh fish 26
River or inland fishing 27
Disasters: a high price to pay for fish 28


Shipping companies 32
Vessels 32
Signing on 34
Crew 34
Wages 37
Stop box & clothing 37
On board 37
Provisions 38
Navigation 41
Lack of wind 42
Signalling & fishing system 42
Fishermen’s wives 43


Sajet 46
Yarn types 47
Needles & tools 48
Technique 48
Sizes 48
Stitches 49
Swatch & stitch count 49
Motifs and patterns 50
Basic sizes 52
Patterns & charts 53
How to start a gansey 54
General knitting instructions:
Knitting in a round 54

  • Front and back of the sweater 54
  • Collar 55
  • Sleeves 55
  • Finishing 55

Flat knitting 55
General information 55
Other models 55


North Holland

  • Den Helder & Huisduinen 58
  • Petten 65
  • Egmond aan Zee 67
  • IJmuiden and Velsen 69
  • Zandvoort 71

South Holland

  • Katwijk aan Zee 73
  • Scheveningen 78
  • Pernis 81
  • Vlaardingen 84
  • Zwartewaal, Voorne-Putten 91
  • Middelharnis, Goeree-Overflakkee 95
  • Stellendam, Goeree-Overflakkee 97
  • Goedereede-Havenhoofd, Goeree-Overflakkee 99
  • Ouddorp, Goeree-Overflakkee 102


  • Colijnsplaat, Noord-Beveland 105
  • Breskens, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen 106



South Holland: Charlois 112
North Brabant

  • Woudrichem 114
  • Willemstad 118


North Holland: Oosterend, Texel 122
Friesland: Wierum 127


North Holland

  • Wervershoof & Medemblik 132
  • Enkhuizen 135
  • Hoorn 138
  • Volendam 140 Marken 143 Huizen 145

Utrecht: Bunschoten-Spakenburg 148


  • Harderwijk 152
  • Elburg 155

Overijssel: Genemuiden 158
Flevoland: Urk 160


  • Lemmer 164
  • Hindeloopen 168




About the Author

About Stella Ruhe

Stella Ruhe taught visual arts in Amsterdam, is a publisher/editor at the publishing house Cantecleer and is faculty supervisor and co-developer of learning content and teaching methodology in the department of visual arts at a number of national educational centres. Stella Ruhe has hosted major events such as the Cantecleer Fashion Prize and the Week of Creativity, and is author of Dutch Traditional Ganseys, More Traditional Dutch Ganseys and Traditional Dutch Ganseys for Children.



Dont expect complete instructions on knitting the 65 sweaters shown in Ruhes second collection, a follow-up to Traditional Dutch Ganseys (2014). Instead, enjoy a well-annotated history of the sweaters, filled with archive-quality pictures and intriguing facts. A few examples: Sweaters, worn hard, usually ended their lives as deck mops. None had seams; they were either patched or re-knit. And sweatersporting herring girls in each town were responsible for gutting the fish once in port. Ruhes rationale for excluding full-fledged instructions is that because of the number of garments featured, the book would be too long and, therefore, too expensive. Experienced knitters will need to be satisfied by patterns with motifs, charts, sizes, and generic instructions. Of interest, too, to readers fascinated by Dutch fishing culture and life.

A second book with more old photos and 65 classic gansey sweater designs from 55 fishing villages where Dutch fishermen originally wore these sweaters with their typical patterning. These contemporary recreations keep the historically important patterns alive. Each pattern includes diagrams, sketches and photographs plus guidance on sizing. This book is not only suitable for knitters but also includes information on the nautical culture and heritage of the Netherlands, totalling over 40 pages. There is also interesting information on wool, needles and tools, motif and pattern - there's enough to start you off designing your own sweaters if you wish. We then travel around the coast of Holland, from fishing village to fishing village and from each we have the gansey patterns. You see an old photo of the typical gansey and Ruhe's interpretation , plus a clear line drawing and a knitting chart. The measurements are very good - with 9 body measurements given. The designs use circular needles as in the traditional method for gansey knitting. The patterns follow a general design, the instructions being given at the beginning of the pattern section. Although traditionally worn by fishermen, these sweaters are unisex, and you will find some designed for women in the book. This is a book I am sure all knitters will enjoy if they have the slightest interest in ganseys and I know I will treasure it, so I have kept this as a 5 star review because of its importance for the history of knitwear and the wonderful designs. Recommended. It's time there was a real gansey revival. This book was first published in Dutch in 2015.

More Traditional Dutch Ganseys

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Kate Heppell, editor Knit Now

This book is a truly fascinating read and a unique celebration of the craft of knitting. Every design has its own story and when you knit a pattern from this book, you'll find that history is woven in to every stitch.

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