Aran sweaters are a design that have been around for decades, and continues to have a strong Irish heritage. Having appeared in the likes of Vogue, it’s safe to say that the Aran sweater has come a long way from the workers of the Aran Islands. Still hugely popular, they are created in the traditional style with the same knitting patterns used all those years ago.
Perfect for year-round comfort and protection from the elements, Aran sweaters have evolved into a versatile and stylish piece of clothing with options for both men and women. So, if you’re thinking of treating yourself to your very own Irish sweater, here are just some of the popular styles available here at Aran Crafts!
Women’s cable knit sweaters
You’ll recognise a cable knit sweater instantly, even if you weren’t aware of its cultural impact in Ireland and beyond. What was once a sweater that protected sailors out at sea is now worn for style as well as practicality. Often associated with sports such as cricket or golf, the cable knit sweater is a unisex style that is readily adopted by both men and women.
Our women’s cable knit sweaters are a contemporary take on the original design, with a number of colour available to suit every taste. Whether you prefer a sweater or even a cardigan, the cable knit remains one of the most popular styles of Aran sweaters.
Originally representing the fisherman’s ropes and symbolising hope for a good day out at sea, the cable knit sweater carries a historic legacy from the communities of the Aran Islands.
Women’s Aran cardigans
A more versatile approach to the Aran sweater, we have created an array of Irish knitted cardigans. A transitional piece of clothing that can work across all seasons, it’s a staple of many women’s wardrobes. Not only is it a beautiful alternative to a coat, our Aran cardigans can protect you from the elements perfectly.
Still made using the traditional stitches, there are a number of different styles to choose from. From button up to zip cardigans, you can choose whatever suits you best. Our range includes neutral colours or vibrant shades such as royal blue or emerald green.
Men’s crew neck sweater
A flattering style, men’s crew neck sweaters are an essential when it comes to knitwear. We offer a number of crew neck sweaters that are adorned with the traditional Irish stitching patterns, including honeycomb and cable.
One of the classic designs, the crew neck is designed to be as comfortable as possible. Reinvented in an Aran sweater, it has continued to be one of our go-to styles for years and is one of the most recognisable sweater designs on the market. With so many different colours to choose from, go plain or go bold.
Men’s fisherman rib sweater
If you’re hoping to buy something a little different, why not consider a traditional fisherman rib sweater? The ultimate fisherman’s clothing back in the day, it still fulfils its purpose in keeping you protected from the elements. Using a large stitch pattern, its simplicity is what makes it so striking.
Durable, understated and with design features such as suede patches, a fisherman sweater is great for any occasion and any season.