Aran Crafts, also known as West End Knitwear, is considered the biggest knitwear manufacturer in Ireland that produces the largest collection of Aran sweaters and jackets. Using the finest quality textiles, including merino wool, pure new wool, linen/cotton, cashmere, and even new super-soft merino wool, Aran Crafts is constantly innovating, producing garments that embody Irish authenticity and guarantee long and quality wear, being worn by men and women worldwide.
The history of Aran Crafts can be traced back to 1856, when Kate O’Shea became the first craftswoman to commercially market her hand-knitted woolens. In 1957, Molly Cullen, her granddaughter, established West End Knitwear Ltd in Monasterevin in the county of Kildare, Ireland, her home village. Later on, Molly’s sons Paul and John Cullen continued the tradition with an innovative approach. Nowadays, Aran Crafts is known for the young and energetic workforce who produce timeless designs, some of which have been adapted for modern worldwide markets.
Aran Crafts Ireland Knitwear Collection
Aran Crafts combines timeless designs with contemporary styles. Each garment is carefully made using the traditional Irish Aran Stitches, preserving the long-treasured history of the traditional Irish craft. Browse our unique collection of Aran Craft sweaters and knitwear and discover something to show off your individuality in a stunningly beautiful way.
ShamrockGift stocks a full selection of Aran Crafts Aran Knitwear for men, women, and children. Our All Ladies Collection consists of ponchos, coats, sweaters, cardigans, and jackets, made from the highest quality Aran wool and designed in a variety of striking colors such as red, green, and navy. Our All Gents Collection features a variety of styles from Traditional Aran sweaters, Aran cardigans, Aran jackets, Irish sweaters, and Fisherman sweaters to suit all styles. For the little ones in your life, we have a collection of children’s Irish sweaters that will keep your child warm and comfortable throughout the cold season. And finally, our collection of accessories includes a beautiful range of Cable knitted hats and scarves and Aran knitted snoods which are available in a selection of colors. Alongside our striking accessories, we offer knitted products that are sure to bring a piece of Ireland directly to your home, such as Irish Knitted blankets and Aran throws.The Timeless Aran Sweater The Aran sweater takes its name from the Aran Islands situated on the west coast of Ireland. Breathable and waterproof, the sweaters were originally worn by the fishermen who had to go far into the Atlantic Ocean to search for a day’s catch. Nowadays, the modern Aran sweater is designed in a contemporary way, being a versatile choice that can be worn both under a suit jacket and as a casual sweater.
Our sweaters ensure practicality and provide ultimate comfort. They are made from 100% wool with thick gauge knitting and precise needlework which make them last for years. If treated properly, they can become family heirlooms and continue the timeless traditions for years to come. An embodiment of Irish authenticity, the sweaters are knitted with traditional stitch patterns that remind one of their heritage, sure to bring some cultural value to one’s daily outfit. The distinctly recognizable feature of Aran is the cable patterns, usually decorating the chest area. The cable stitch represents the ropes of fishermen and the promise of a good day’s catch.
Today, the Aran sweater is considered to be a must-have item of clothing for any voguish and well-thought wardrobe. It is a true fashion icon, just like the little black dress and the denim jeans.
What Do Aran Fisherman Sweater Patterns Mean?
Each stitch pattern found in Aran sweaters has a certain meaning associated with it. Most of them are connected to the natural landscape of the rugged west coast of Ireland. For example, the zig-zag stitch is a reflection of the angular cliffs of Ireland’s west coast, alluding to life’s continual cycle of ups and downs. The diamond switch and the trellis are reminiscent of the stone walls in between the farms of the Irish farmers, thought to bring successful crop yields, wealth, and abundance. Likewise, the blackberry and moss stitches signify abundance and growth. Lastly, the honeycomb stitch represents the hive of the honey bee, suggesting the hard-working nature of the Irish farmers.
Shop the whole range of Aran Sweaters and wool accessories today and find the ideal Irish design that will fit your style and preference.