Delivery Country
Currency

Aran is a style of sweater that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Often known as a Fisherman sweater, they are distinguished by their use of complex textured stitch patterns, several of which are combined in the creation of a single garment.

The original knitting process for an authentic Aran sweater used untreated (unscoured) wool. The reason for this is that the untreated wool was naturally water-repellant, making it ideal as a clothing material for the often very wet weather of the Aran Islands. 

Modern Aran sweaters are made with much softer Merino wool, which is less itchy against the skin. This type of wool typically comes in a natural colour, known as báinín in Irish Gaelic - pronounced baw-neen. But Aran sweaters are also available in a wide variety of colours to reflect everything special about Ireland and its natural environs.

Each Aran sweater exudes history and every stitch pattern has a traditional interpretation and distinctive story, often of religious significance, but mostly of life’s experience and journey:

For example, the honeycomb pattern on an Aran jumper is a symbol of the hard-working bee. The cable, an integral part of the fisherman’s daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing. The diamond stitch on an Irish Aran sweater is a wish of success, wealth and treasure, while the basket stitch represents the fisherman’s basket, a hope for a plentiful catch. Most knitting patterns were never written down but passed down from generation to generation using up to 24 different aran stitches with infinite combinations. 

History of the Aran Sweater

View the full history of the Aran Sweater and the meaning behind the stitches on Aran Sweaters by clicking here.

The Story of the Aran Sweater

Going Back in Time

The History of the Aran Sweater

Aran is a style of sweater that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Often known as a Fisherman sweater, they are distinguished by their use of complex textured stitch patterns, several of which are combined in the creation of a single garment. Originally, Aran Sweaters were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils which made the garments water-resistant and meant they remained wearable even when wet. However, today most Aran Cardigans & Sweaters are knit with a softer yarn called Merino in the natural báinín (bawneen) colour and in other colours reflective of the Irish countryside.

Each Aran sweater exudes history and every stitch pattern has a traditional interpretation and distinctive story, often of religious significance, but mostly of life’s experience and journey; for example, the honeycomb is a symbol of the hard-working bee. The cable, an integral part of the fisherman’s daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing. The diamond stitch is a wish of success, wealth and treasure, while the basket stitch represents the fisherman’s basket, a hope for a plentiful catch. Most knitting patterns were never written down but passed down from generation to generation using up to 24 different aran stitches with infinite combinations.

New In for Her

New In for Him

International Top Sellers

Our Commitment

Ethically sourced

Our wool is 100% natural and renewable. We primarily use wool because it is the best fiber for low-impact fashion.

Support for local producers

We are passionate about showcasing the best that Ireland has to offer. Many of our Aran sweaters are locally knitted in our Donegal factory.

Exclusive Designs

You won't find the Aran sweaters from our exclusive Blarney range anywhere else, making them as unique as you are.

Premium Quality

We take pride in the superior quality and longevity of our Aran sweaters. With proper care, our knits can last for decades.

Country & Currency United States

Payment methods