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Knitting the Herring: The Eriskay Gansey

Start: Thursday 12 November 2020 19:00

End: Thursday 12 November 2020 20:15

Join Matthew Topsfield at Uist Yarn Studio as he gives an insight into Eriskay gansey knitting. The fisherman’s gansey is made throughout the British Isles, but on the small island of Eriskay in the windswept Outer Hebrides this art reached its peak, richly patterned in traditional and symbolic designs.

Matt will present on the ‘anatomy’ of a gansey, explaining their structure and various parts and the distinctive features of an Eriskay gansey.

An Eriskay inspired chart for the herring pattern is available at and Matt will share and explain the pattern techniques to the group.

You can register for this free zoom event via

The Eriskay Herring in the photo can be found at Grimsay Boat Haven, managed by Grimsay Community Association on Uist:

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