There are many legends about the beautiful Irish Aran sweaters with their intricate braided patterns. The fact is: At first they were pure fishermen's sweaters. That is, the sailors needed them to be protected from icy wind and water on the high seas. They were knitted from sheep's wool and the wool fat even kept the moisture out. Originally it should have been the sailors themselves who knitted the ornate patterns! Because the individual patterns had mystical meanings and should protect the sailors on their dangerous journeys through all storms and storms.
So the diamond or blackberry pattern actually stood for the Holy Trinity. This means that the 3 stitches that are combined into one in order to then create 3 new stitches from one envelope stood for God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. If you used this pattern for your sweater, you should have divine protection with you. The braided patterns had similar mystical meanings, but above all they stood for the sailing ropes and the various knots that a sailor had to master. The common zigzag pattern is believed to represent the rugged Ireland that sailors wanted to return to. This is how the sophisticated, often complicated, braided patterns that simply belong to the classic Irish Aran sweater were created.
Examples of Aran patterns:
The first Aran sweaters were knitted from untreated, unwashed raw wool. This is particularly oily and could therefore really keep the water on the high seas, which constantly lashed at the fisherman, away from the body. This also prevented dirt from penetrating the knitted fabric.
In fact, you could just brush and shake the sweaters and they didn't have to be cleaned all the time. Of course, they also kept you perfectly warm, because the natural wool was good at storing body heat.
Freshly knitted sweaters were a bit dirty white or creamy white, the longer you wore them, the whiter they became, but then they also became less and less water-repellent.
From a sailor's sweater to a classic long-running hit
As the name of the legendary sweater suggests, they came to the world from the Irish Aran Islands. He first became known to the world in the 1950s, thanks to an Irish band. The women on the Aran Islands began to knit for the world market. In 1982 the book “The Complete Book of Traditional Aran Knitting” was published, which contains no less than 71 different traditional patterns! A paradise for motivated knitters. The oldest and most famous patterns take up Celtic symbols and have such lyrical names as Honeycom, Tree of Life, Honeycomb, Cable Ladder, Basket Stitch or Blueberry Stitch.
Today, Aran sweaters are simply fashion classics that suit every man and are loved by women as cuddly sweaters. In traditional white or creamy white, they just look very chic. They keep you cozy and warm in winter and can also be worn on cool days in summer.
The male wearer of an Aran pullover is always surrounded by the scent of the big wide world and the flair of great sea adventures. Women love the nested, three-dimensional patterns, not just to wear, but of course to knit yourself.
Knit Aran sweater yourself
Aran sweaters can now be worn all year round. No matter whether big or small, old or young: Everyone is happy about such a piece. There are many different patterns for fashionable Aran sweaters, but you can also create patterns yourself. Mostly, Aran sweaters are knitted in one color.What is possible, however, is to use a gradient yarn from our Chiemseegarn range. The gradient of these yarns is so gentle and harmonious that it does not appear too restless when it is entangled in plastic patterns.
Aran pattern can also be used for thinner summer sweaters, there are no fixed rules or laws. Even if the classic Aran sweater was white and made of thick wool. For the summer it can also contain holey, airy patterns.
Aran sweaters are a real challenge for inexperienced knitters. Experienced knitters love the complicated patterns and simply need new levels of difficulty over and over again.
Here you can find instructions:
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