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Women's Aran Cardigans

Our collection of ladies handknitted Aran cardigans are available in both cream and grey shades and in a variety of styles. Each item is a work of art that has been lovingly created and incorporates traditional stitches and patterns. There is no substitute for a hand knitted Aran cardigan which will keep you warm and cosy in the colder months.

Aran knit takes its name from a group of islands in Galway Bay, off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. The distinctive knitwear started life as hand knitted garments fashioned from untreated wool which made them extremely water resistant but very rigid. Today Aran knitwear is found in a number of useful garment styles including Aran cardigans and Aran jumpers for women.

Arans cardigans feature up to six cable patterns which run vertically down the garments. The complex stitching forms designs which have cultural and religious meanings. Each element relates to Celtic art and island life and the exact meanings have been handed down through the generations but often kept secret by the clans who created them.

We do know that cable stitch represents fisherman's ropes and carries the hope of a safe return from the seas. The diamond pattern reflects the fields on the islands and the Irish moss stitch represents the seaweed that was used to fertilise the land. Zig Zag patterns represent the cliff paths that lead down to the sea whilst the tree of life patterns express the wish for the long life of loved ones.

Today many Aran cardigans are produced by machine but handknitted pieces are still available and we have some fabulous examples here at the Old Byre Showroom. This is knitwear that is timeless and its popularity has now spread across the world.

Visit the individual ladies Aran cardigans for more specific information or please get in contact with a member or the team.

Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Ecru Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Ecru
£295.00
13 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Ecru This is traditional hand-knitted Aran cardigan with collar in ecru (cream), suitable for both ladies or gents, and can be worn either as a cardigan or a jacket.These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. We use the same undyed Aran wool for all our ha…
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Gritstone Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Gritstone
£295.00
5 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Gritstone This is traditional hand-knitted Aran cardigan with collar in gritstone (dark grey/brown) , suitable for both ladies or gents, and can be worn either as a cardigan or a jacket.These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. We use the same undyed Ara…
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Heather Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Heather
£295.00
3 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Heather This is traditional hand-knitted Aran cardigan with collar in Heather , suitable for both ladies or gents, and can be worn either as a cardigan or a jacket.These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. We use the same undyed Aran wool for all our han…
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Pebble Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Pebble
£295.00
7 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Pebble (light Grey ) This is traditional hand-knitted Aran cardigan with collar in Pebble , suitable for both ladies or gents, and can be worn either as a cardigan or a jacket.These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. We use the same undyed Aran wool for…
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Woodland Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Woodland
£295.00
6 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan with Collar in Woodland ( green ) This is traditional hand-knitted Aran cardigan with collar in Woodland , suitable for both ladies or gents, and can be worn either as a cardigan or a jacket.These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. We use the same undyed Aran wool for…
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Ecru Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Ecru
£295.00
3 in stock
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Ecru This is a traditional hand-knitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Ecru, suitable for both ladies or gents. These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and maybe worn as a cardigan or jacket. When you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. This versatile style is available in limestone (light grey) and pebble (mid grey…
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Limestone Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Limestone
£295.00
2 in stock
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Limestone This is a traditional hand-knitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Limestone (light grey), suitable for both ladies or gents. These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and maybe worn as a cardigan or jacket. When you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. This versatile style is available in pebble (mid grey) an…
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Pebble Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Pebble
£295.00
2 in stock
Handknitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Pebble (mid grey) This is a traditional hand-knitted Aran Crop Cardigan in Pebble (Mid- grey), suitable for both ladies or gents. These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and maybe worn as a cardigan or jacket. When you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. This versatile style is available in ecru (cream) and…
Handknitted Crew Neck Cardigan in Ecru Handknitted Crew Neck Cardigan in Ecru
£295.00
15 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan in Ecru This is a traditional hand-knitted Aran crew neck cardigan in ecru (cream), suitable for both ladies or gents. These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. They are suitable to be worn as a cardigan or jacket. We use the same undyed Aran wool for all our hand-knit…
Handknitted Crew Neck Cardigan in Limestone Handknitted Crew Neck Cardigan in Limestone
£295.00
8 in stock
Handknitted Aran Cardigan in Limestone This is a traditional hand-knitted Aran crew neck cardigan in Limestone (light grey), suitable for both ladies or gents. These sweaters are beautifully knitted especially for us and when you see them you will appreciate the care and expertise that has gone into them. This versatile style is suitable to be worn as a cardigan or jacket. We use the same undyed A…

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