King Cole Fashion Aran Wool
If you love Aran jumpers you need to get your hands on the excellent King Cole Fashion Aran Wool! The wool and acrylic blends are of the highest quality and enable you to create a variety of stunning patterns. Choose from Aran Granary and Aran Natural and get your needles at the ready!
What is an Aran Jumper?
The Aran Sweater takes its name from the group of islands where the style originated many years ago. The Arans are located in Galway Bay off the coast of Ireland. The islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer boast a joint population of just 1200! However, this small community produced a unique style of knitwear which is instantly recognisable and has never gone out of fashion.
The distinctive jumpers were originally hand knitted and featured up to six cabled patterns. Each piece was highly textured with complex stitching forming designs which have great cultural and religious significance. Each element of the patterns has a specific meaning which relates to Celtic art and life on the islands. The patterns have been handed down from generation to generation and have been keenly guarded by the clans who created them.
Aran knitwear was probably evolved by women to keep their families warm and to sell as crafts in order to generate income. Although sometimes referred to as fisherman’s jumpers, the styles were too heavy and rigid to go to sea!
If you would like to try your hand at knitting an Aran jumper, King Cole Fashion Aran Wool is the obvious and affordable choice!