Our Handknit Aran Cardigans are Handmade in Scotland
At the Old Byre Showroom we are proud to present a great selection of genuine men's handknitted Aran cardigans. The items that you will find here are from our very own Old Byre Showroom label and have been lovingly handknitted right here in Scotland from a wonderful Aran wool that brings with it a whole host of beneficial properties.
Only the finest quality materials are used when knitting our men's Aran cardigans and a great deal of time and effort goes into ensuring this. Our handknit Aran cardigans have been made using un-dyed, 100% pure Aran-weight wool and are made in a style in keeping with the traditions and origins of this historic garment. Each of these handknit Aran cardigans has been knitted by a knitter who is part of a wider cooperative of knitters here in Scotland and many of our cardigans are even knitted on the island itself!
Traditionally Arans were knitted in Western Ireland by fishing communities as the perfect workwear for fishermen. As our Aran wool is untreated unlike many other wool varieties, it manages to hold on to many of its essential natural oils. This is exactly the reason why traditional Arans were made from thick unscoured wool, warm and semi-waterproof thanks to important natural oils such as Lanolin.
An important aspect of an Aran is its unique decoration, as it features specific patterns that directly relate to the original fishing communities that first invented and used these practical garments. Interestingly the motifs knitted could represent individual villages on the Isle of Aran, and perhaps more morbidly could even of been be used to identify the wearer should tragedy strike at sea.
In addition to this range of warm Aran cardigans for men, we also stock a great selection of Aran yarns, each one the perfect material with which to make your very own handknit Aran cardigan should you wish. This fabulous yarn embodies all of the intrinsic properties that make Aran cardigans such a excellent and versatile item to own. If you would like any further information regarding our Scottish Aran cardigans for men then please get in contact.