Outdoor Living | Knitwear
The guernsey is the mainstay of the Channel Island's knitting industry and can be dated back to the late 15th century. Its primary use was as a garment for fishermen who required a warm, hard wearing, yet comfortable item of clothing that would resist the wind and sea spray. The hard twist of tightly packed worsted wool fibres in the spinning process and the tightly knitted stitches, mean that it is capable of repelling rain and spray.
Originally, the Guernsey would have been knitted by the fishermen's wives and the pattern passed down from mother to daughter through the generations. Each family would have their own unique pattern so that in the unfortunate event that a fisherman was lost at sea, he could be easily identified afterwards by his jumper.
Due to their warmth and durability, Guernseys are still a favoured item of clothing for those who appreciate its reliable qualities. There is also a gradual but definite move towards a preference for “environmentally friendly” clothing made from natural, sustainable clothing which a Guernsey satisfies completely.
Whether as a gift for a loved one or as a practical requirement, a traditional Guernsey is an item of clothing that will stand the test of time and can be enjoyed for many years to follow.
The inspiration for our Alderney comes from the beautiful Island on which we live and the strong desire to maintain as much tradition and 'Island' way of life as possible. Although Alderney has always been strongly reliant on it's sister island Guernsey, it is fiercely independent and determined to keep its own identity. We believe that our Alderney jumper is a good representation of the love and passion we have for our Island and that this will be experienced by the wearer, even if they have never visited Alderney before.
The word “Jersey” is a widely used term in the current day and has different meanings dependent on the context in which it is used. Within the context of Channel Island fishing communities however, a “Jersey” had a distinct meaning.
Based on the original pattern for a Guernsey, a Jersey is identified by the pattern of an anchor knitted in relief almost like a “crest”. For Channel Jumper, the production of a Jersey has come about through demand. Even though we are two separate “Bailiwicks” Jersey is often considered the closer 'sister' island to Alderney in terms of the welcome received when a resident from Alderney visits Jersey or vice-versa.