Hand knitted pure new wool Filey Gansey throw


This gansey inspired throw was created using the traditional patterns associated with Filey. The zig zag lines (marriage lines) are said to represent the ups and downs of married life. Open diamonds are also a key feature. With “Betty Martin” (local knitting celebrity) borders to the pattern.

A gansey is a hand knitted, woollen jumper traditionally worn by fishermen. It is a tough, waterproof garment designed to help protect the wearer from the elements. By the 19th century fishing communities had developed their own favoured gansey designs. The patterns created were inspired by the everyday objects used by the fishermen, such as ropes, chains, ladders, sand prints, herring bones, anchors and netting. You could identify the area the fisherman came from by the gansey he wore.

Based upon an abundance of research into the traditional patterns on ganseys, I have created throws that reflect the common designs found in the fishing communities of the Yorkshire region. Each one is a historical representation of a particular area, a piece of history and a talking piece to place in your home.

This beautiful throw weighs just under 1.6 kilograms and took over 17 hours to knit by hand. It is made of 100% pure new British wool from flocks raised to British farming standards, practices and animal welfare. It is undyed, reducing any environmental impact, slight variations in the colour can be seen. The wool cam from the Welsh mountain breed, it is one of the darkest colours available. The fleece was turned into yarn in Yorkshire and knitted into a throw by a proper Yorkshire lass!

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The different patterns represent everyday fishing items. Notice the zig zag marriage lines

Hand knitted in Black Welsh wool

Close up showing clearly the different elements of the Filey gansey.

Showing the edge of the design with the ribbed border.

The symmetry of the design can be seen with all the Filey elements.

Shown on a King Sized bed.

Folded to show the pattern.

Alternate view on the bed.

Close up showing the colour.


Additional information

Weight 1700 g
Dimensions 154 × 154 cm