How to Make Aran Sweaters

The Aran sweater is a style of sweater, which takes its name from an Aran Island off the west coast of Ireland known as Aran. A typical Aran sweater is usually white in color, incorporating cable patterns on the shoulders and sleeves. The sweater is typically knitted with a worsted-weight yarn, with the looser knits featuring a more wavy feel when compared to stockier varieties. Aran sweaters, like the ones from Shamrock Gift are quite popular throughout the world as a great and warm piece of clothing that’s appropriate for all kinds of occasions.

When working with the Aran fabric, it is best to use needles of different sizes. Smaller needles will create finer stitches, while larger ones will produce less Fine-gauge Aran knitters can use small, plastic finger crops to knit one-inch pieces, but many use large needles for the finer pieces. Since most people who knit Aran sweaters are not actually Irish, the traditional form of knitting with a larger needle tends to produce a more plush texture on the finished product. Knitting with a smaller-sized needle will result in a soft, open, and airy feel on the sweater.

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The aran sweater is typically classified into four main categories, although there may be some other terms used to identify this type of sweater. Classic, ragtop, crew, and x-shaped are three common types. In terms of the stitching pattern, each type of sweater has four stitches, each performed in a specific order.