Sparrow Jumper


“And then there’d be half a mile of driftnet suspended in a long aurora borealis line and when the nets were pulled in it was like drawing flakes of silver out of the water.”

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. Sparrow is a women’s knit, pared down to it’s essential construction featuring reverse knit sections that frame all of the seams including the neck line – mirroring the design used by the Norfolk knitters who crafted these jumpers in the round, separating each section with a line of purl stitch.

John “Sparrow” Hardingham was a fisherman working out of Sheringham in the 1920s and his jumper formed the structure for this modern interpretation.