le tour de gansey part trois

le Tour de Gansey, part trois: Stage 5

Apologies for the long delay between coverage of the last stage and this one, folks…our knitter is also in the process of preparing for her comprehensive exams, which requires reading some 100+ papers (where “paper” sometimes means “100+ page book chapter”) in the span of less than two months in order to be ready to write intelligent answers and justify her continued existence as a graduate student. So the knitting time, and the mental energy for blogging about said knitting, is a bit thin on the ground here these days. But enough of that…on to our coverage!

Stage 5: Waist Shaping (the ascent)

Just like the cyclists in today’s stage of the Tour de France, today’s stage involves a fairly intense ascent. At the end of the last stage, we were in the short section of flat territory between the end of the descent into the waist. But today, we climb back up to our original number of stitches, so as to increase back to the bust circumference, covering some curves in the process:

dangerous curves
Dangerous Curves

Throughout this stage, the switchback motif of the waist shaping panels required constant attention, due to the ever-changing number of stitches. Here’s a side view of the gansey, so that you can get a good idea of the shaping that took place in this stage:

side view

There you can also see the reverse maneuver executed at the waist in the tire-track motif section surrounding the cabled side seam. Notice how the motif reverses direction, serving to further highlight the waist of the eventual wearer of the gansey.

As with the Tour de France, it’s always good to take a little bit of time to just admire the marvelous scenery, especially in these mountain stages. Check out this glorious texture:


Here’s the current standings in le Tour de Gansey, following Stage 5:

gansey progress

We’re nearly to the undearm! If you look closely in this last picture, you can get a hint of what’s to come in Stage 6:

a hint of what's to come

Stay Tuned! It’s rather likely this Tour will go on beyond the end of the Tour de France, given our knitter’s current busy schedule and limited knitting time, but fear not, this Tour will not be abandoned!

6 thoughts on “le Tour de Gansey, part trois: Stage 5”

  1. Looks nice! I like traditional ganseys, but I don’t think I’d ever make one for myself because of the traditionally boxy shape. You are doing such a good job of adapting yours to be more feminine.

    Good luck with prelims. I hated taking mine, and my husband says the month he was in prelims was the worst month of his life. I don’t know why they have to be so grueling. It’s like hazing or something!

    1. Thanks! I hope that the final look of the modernized gansey is nice.

      The amount of focus required to read as many papers as I need to read per day, and to think about them as much as I need to, and knowing that I have to keep it up for another full month, is sort of killing me. But I’ll survive. I hope. ;)


  2. Working in summer. How do you stand to be a grad student? Sometimes I think I could do it and sometimes I just want to be done with supposed “learning”. Anyway, good luck with that!

    And thanks for the Tour coverage! Always exciting to see what comes next.

    1. It can be pretty tough sometimes, yeah.

      Glad you’re enjoying the Tour coverage! I feel bad about how long it’s taking me to get posts up this year, but c’est la vie.


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