Aran Sweaters are warm, comfy and best of all they’re also really good looking. The Aran sweater is basically a traditional aran jumpers design, taking its name from an Aran Island off the northwest coast of Ireland. A typical Aran sweater is white with cable patterns on the front and back, often having a knitted aran pattern. These sweaters tend to be fairly short in length (around to below knee length), and have a lot of stretch. You can find some great styles at Shamrock Gift.
Many people associate aran sweaters with Irish heritage because the fabric was so prevalent. This type of Aran sweater also became very popular with the Fisherman of the island as the wool not only kept them warm it also acted as a water resistant barrier due to the natural oil in the wool. They were made by the fishermans wives to protect their men as they worked the dangerous Atlantic Ocean.
Today, aran sweaters are made in a variety of different colors, designs and cable patterns. The aran sweater has been adapted into several different styles including cable knit sweaters, which tend to be quite advanced in their design. Knitting patterns tend to be very complex and detailed, some incorporating colors, beads and even tiny decorative motifs, while others are very basic and consist of small repetitive stitches. Regardless of which type of Aran sweater is being knit, it’s a great sweater for anyone to own.