Frangipani Guernsey 5ply

Guernsey Jumper Kits are here!

Guernsey Jumper Kits, a Heritage knit


Guernsey Jumpers are traditionally made with 5ply wool yarn, and feature stitch patterns which are local to the harbour or fishing village where they are made. (The initials of the fisherman were worked into the underarm gusset too.) Around Cornwall, there are many stitch patterns with names such as Lizard Rope, Polperro Diamonds, Eddystone lighthouse and Porthleven. The 5ply wool was usually knitted “in the round” on 4 long DPN needles, size 14, in old money, and the firm tension of the work made the jumper a snug fit with the inherent waterproofing of tight knitted wool. Nowadays, we don’t wear our jumpers so tight, and so a Guernsey jumper is knitted on size 2.25 but still made in the same way, in the round, then divided at the chest to knit the patterned yolk parts separately, joining at the shoulder, and working the sleeves in the round top down. This is so the cuffs could be unpicked and reworked when they got worn. Have a look at this link for more interesting history












I knitted my husband a Guernsey jumper about 10 years ago, and it still looks as good as new. I used Frangipani Guernsey 5 ply, and a great friendship with Jan and Russ Stanland who run Frangipani Guernsey 5ply also began that day.

Gorgeous Yarns not only stock Frangipani Guernsey 5ply in all colours, and in 250g and 500g cones, but we now have a limited number of Guernsey Jumper kits too! In the kit you get 1kg of yarn (which should be enough to knit a Guernsey Jumper for an average size adult), 2 patterns, (one for a traditional jumper and one for a women’s garment that I have designed using Frangipani Yarn) and a small bottle of “Soak” wool wash, all in a neat hessian shopper bag, and all for £50, instead of a combined price of £71. So, if you have always fancied knitting a Guernsey, grab one of these kits and have a go. (They were very popular at StitchFest SW last weekend, so don’t wait!)

I have been redesigning several of my patterns; the Petit4 kit is having a revamp, and the Lake Como shrug is being reviewed. I’ll let you know how I get on. Did you know, Gorgeous Yarns have a few patterns on Love Knitting available to download? We have more planned for Love Knitting in the New year, I’ll keep you posted.

Talking of patterns, when you buy a pattern from our website, don’t worry about the high postage, we know about the glitch and will refund £2.50 to you after your order has been processed.

I’m busy crocheting this jumper. The pattern is from Inside Crochet, issue 82 called Sara by Rhian Drinkwater. I’m making it in Pirkka Lanka in this lovely blackberry colour. I’m trying to finish it so I can wear it at New Year. I’m also planning to do a mini CAL, using the 25g balls of yarn I hand dyed with natural dyes earlier this year. Read next week’s blog for all the details, pattern links etc.

Bye for now,




Your Comments

  1. Could you give me an idea of the actual size of garment when using your guernsey jumper kits. my son is 42/44 chest and tall so am concerned that I may require more wool than would be supplied.
    Any advise would be appreciated.
    thanks and regards

    1. Hi Lylie, Yes, I think you would need more yarn. I would suggest 2 x 500g and 1 x 250g as your son is a big chap! I can recommend the Frangipani Guernsey 5 ply wholeheartedly. It comes in a range of beautiful colours for men and women, and I can send you a colour card if you would like to see the colours yourself. Best wishes,

      1. Thanks for your prompt reply.
        I would very much appreciate a colour card. Can I put address on here- would rather not have it for public viewing!

  2. I am interested in knitting a Guernsey for my husband I am an experienced knitter The kits are what I am interested in I need to know what colour yarns are available and an idea of the pattern I would appreciate a prompt reply as we have just gone into lockdown and need to occupy my time .

    1. Hi Liz, I can send you a colour card if you would like one, it will help you choose from the 28 beautiful colours! Please email me at with your details. Once you have chosen, I’ll post your yarn to you as soon as I can. Best wishes

  3. Hello I am interested in making a guernsey jumper for my 6 year old grandson and I’m interested in your kits. He is currently wearing age 7 to 8 clothes. Please can you advise best options

    1. Hi Angela,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I only have 1 kit left in a Heather colour. I think 500g will be enough for a child’s Guernsey jumper so you can choose from any of the colours for him. Each £500g cone is £39.60 + P&P.
      Please email me if you would like a colour card with all the available colours. Best wishes,

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