Guernsey Woollens:
Traditional British Knitwear

Guernsey's Heritage

"" Guernsey Crew Neck

Part of Guernsey's heritage and way of life, its knitting industry, dates back to the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth (1558 to 1603).

In the 17th century the Island's major exports were stockings, which were highly prized and, at the peak of this trade, it is believed that 10,000 pairs left the Island each week. A hard-wearing, warm and comfortable garment is an essential part of any seafaring man's wardrobe and the skills acquired in Guernseys stocking industry were adapted to produce just such an item which we now call the traditional "guernsey".

During the era of Sir Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey from 1600 to 1603, a substantial trade connection was established between the Channel Islands and Newfoundland and, in consequence, "guernseys" found favor abroad. The tightly knitted fabric was particularly suitable for those who, by occupation, were exposed to the elements and as a result, most coastal communities in the British Isles have a "Gansey" which derives from the original Guernsey styles. These styles had patterns so distinct that it was possible to identify a seafarer's origin by the pattern of his "guernsey."

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Nowadays, though ornate garments from early this century still exist, the pattern has been standardised to a form which is known world-wide and instantly recognised and appreciated by those familiar with this highly durable and distinctive garment.

Narrow Gate Tack is pleased to be an importer of Guernsey Woollens. We offer the following styles for wholesale purchase.

The Traditional Guernsey

The Traditional Guernsey

The Classic range of traditional Guernsey knitwear, based on a centuries old design.

The garment for every occasion and every pursuit.

Sizes: 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50" 52"
Ladies: (small) 34" 36", only available in Navy blue. Childrens Sizes: 24" 26" 28" 30" 32", only available in Navy Blue & Scarlet

 
The Traditional Guernsey

The Guernsey Crewneck

The Classic range of traditional Guernsey knitwear, based on a centuries old design.

The garment for every occasion and every pursuit.

Sizes: 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50"

 
The Traditional Guernsey

The Guernsey V-Neck

The Classic range of traditional Guernsey knitwear, based on a centuries old design.

The garment for every occasion and every pursuit.

Sizes: 42" 44" 46" 48" 50"

 
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