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Set Descending Direction’s SAOL collection offers a wide selection of traditional Irish knit apparel, accessories, and home goods inspired by the homespun patterns of the rugged Aran Islands.

SAOL Irish Aran Knitwear

Saol offers a range of men’s and women’s sweaters and cardigans in 100% virgin wool and wool blends for a variety of tastes and price points, in addition to Men’s and women’s accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves. Saol also offers a variety of knit home goods like pillowcases and throws to add a bit of Irish charm to your home décor.

Saol is the Irish word for “life,” signifying both the daily hustle of survival and the universal miracle of existence. It is a word that connects the individual to society and culture. It is both the fact of life and what makes life worth living. Our SAOL collection channels these themes throughout several lines that seek to provide high-quality garments based on traditional Irish apparel, updated for modern tastes, and perfect for everyday wear.

Aran Knitwear Made from 100% Merino Wool

Give life to your wardrobe with Saol. All Saol garments and accessories are made from the highest quality virgin wool and finished to perfection. Virgin wool is wool that has never previously been used in manufacturing, meaning it is as soft as the day it was shorn from the sheep. Each item is specially washed, dried, and steamed, then treated with an anti-shrink technology that makes every piece machine washable and ensures it will not change size at the expense of getting clean. Additionally, each section of every garment is hand-linked, including the collar, sleeves, and sides, making for a seamless finish that looks like it’s finished by hand because it is! The knit styles of the Saol collection date back to the turn of the 20th century in the remote islands off the coast of County Galway in the west of Ireland. The Aran Islands, still today one of the last vestiges of ancient Irish life and traditions, have long held a prominent position in the popular imagination.

SAOL Irish Wool Sweaters

The original Aran sweaters were true workhorses, knit from thick, rough, untreated yarn that contained natural wool grease, protecting the islands’ fishermen from the elements of the frigid Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful patterns seen in the sweaters, such as the honeycomb, cable, and moss or blackberry stitches, gave the sweaters a much-needed dimensionality that allowed air to circulate throughout the garment, providing a crucial insulating layer that kept cold winds out, and warm body heat in. Since then, Aran sweaters and cardigans for men and women have been treasured for their intricacy and heritage, connecting every person who wears one to the tradition of a rapidly vanishing culture of Ireland. Today, we have refined this style of the sweater to cater to contemporary demands, using only the softest yarns and elegant conservative colors that are suitable everywhere from the campfire to the boardroom. With several lines to choose from, the collection offers great quality at a range of prices.

Mens Half-Zip Aran Fisherman Sweater- thus half zip neck sweater is designed with a stylish ribbed collar that can be worn up or down.

Saol Crew Neck Sweater-this cozy and warm Irish Aran Crew Neck Sweater is a winter staple for both men and women and is guaranteed to keep you safe from icy chills.

Ladies Button Cardigan- this lovely and feminine cardigan is a perfect and modern interpretation of the classic Fisherman’s sweater.

Ladies Roll Neck Aran Sweater- this stunning Aran knit sweater comes in a classic cream color that can be matched with any outfit.

Saol Ireland knitwear is knit with 100% virgin wool for men and women and features a specially crafted metal Trinity knot zipper pull and buttons. SAOL Men and SAOL Ladies are made of a wool and acrylic blend and offer sweaters, cardigans, shawls, capes, and more for the budget-conscious hibernophile.

SAOL Home Collection – Aran Wool Throw Blankets

SAOL Home features a great selection of blankets, throws, pillowcases, and more that add a great helping of Irish authenticity wherever they are displayed.

SAOL Essentials – Merino Wool Accessories

Saol Essentials, our accessory line, features 100% acrylic men’s and lady’s gloves, hats, scarves and more that are strong enough for the Irish elements and stylish enough for any city. Saol makes an excellent gift to yourself or a loved one.

Shop the Saol Irish Knitwear collection on and give the gift of life today.

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