“…there is a weightlessness to being out at sea, carried along by air and floating on water, making you feel as if you do not have a body and the whole world is without solidity.”
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 late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cazey is a womens wear style with a high funnel neck, knitted in fisherman’s rib.
William George Larner “Cazey” Goffin, was a grocer from Winterton, who also knitted Ganseys for the fishermen. He was related to two well known fishing families; the Larners and the Goffins.
This jumper focuses on the construction of the rib, highlighting the transfer needles around the raglan arm hole and shoulder seams, and again at the split seams between front and back panels, so that the garment is knitted in as few sections as possible and takes on an almost architectural appearance.
The flared sleeve is an inversion of the traditional Gansey sleeve which is very tight at the cuff, angling out to a very wide arm hole. The opposite has been achieved in this knit.