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The Traditional Guernsey Sweater has a story to tell.
The rib at the top of the sleeve is said to represent a sailing ship’srope ladder in the rigging, the raised seam across the shoulder a rope and the garter stitch panel, waves
breaking upon the beach.

The traditional Guernsey sweater was originally a local fisherman’sworking garment, hence the diamond under the arm for ease of movement and extra strength.
It is knitted with close stitches from tightly twisted wool and this gives it its ability to withstand
sea spray and rain.
Traditional Guernsey sweaters were knitted by the womenfolk of the fishing and farming families of the
islands, when many earned their living from the sea or the land. The distinctive pattern was handed
down from generation to generation the knitting skills passed on from mother to daughter.