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Since 1965, Carraig Donn has been one of Ireland’s premier homegrown fashion brands with a reputation for quality and Irish authenticity. Headquartered in the rugged west of Ireland in County Mayo, Carraig Donn knitwear manufacturer offers a wide range of traditional and contemporary Irish designs including shoulder bags, slipper socks, shamrock blankets, cardigans, sweaters, mittens, gloves, and so much more.

Aran Woolen Mills Knitwear — Made in Ireland

ShamrockGift are proud suppliers of this authentic brand, which is completely Irish-owned and operated with nearly 500 employees throughout the country. All their products are designed and made in Ireland. Renowned for their knitwear, Carraig Donn draws from the tradition of the classic Irish Aran sweater, first developed in the early 20th century and prized for its luxurious knit patterns heavy weave, ensuring warmth and comfort no matter the weather conditions.

The History of Aran Sweaters

The Aran sweater owes its origins to the style of knitting found on the Aran Islands in the 19th century that was cultivated by the Irish government’s Congested Districts Board in the early 20th century, which provided investment in cottage industries in rural areas throughout the country. The Aran Islands are located off the coast of County Galway in the west of Ireland and are known for their unforgiving landscape and severe cliff faces. For centuries, the largest industry on the islands was fishing, and women would knit heavy sweaters for the men who would row out in their curraghs to protect them from the ocean spray and cold Atlantic winds. Oftentimes, these first sweaters would be knit from untreated wool, meaning it still contained the wool’s natural lanolin, or wool grease, which makes it waterproof. The unique patterns are said to have originated from knitters imitating the natural landscape and fishing tools used by the fishermen. One myth is that each family created a different pattern so that if a body washed up on shore, it could be identified by the sweater knit pattern, though there has never been any evidence to support this theory. After the creation of the Congested Districts Board, the sweaters eventually spread in popularity and became more widely available, and by the 1950s were featured in Vogue magazine, worn by the likes of Grace Kelly and Steve McQueen, and became the staple of Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers. It was into this environment that Carraig Donn first entered the scene, and they haven’t slowed down since.

Traditional Aran Sweaters from Carraig Donn

There are near endless combinations of knit patterns that can be found in Aran designs, and Carraig Donn offers a broad selection suitable to any taste.

Irish Men's Crew Neck Sweater- this crew neck Aran sweater is knit using the cable knit stitch. The cable knit pattern is said to represent the rope of the fishermen

Flare Cardigan with Diamond Pattern- this beautiful cardigan shows off the closely related diamond pattern, said to represent the fishermen’s nets.

Hand-knit Merino Crew Sweater- the very popular honeycomb stitch, found on this Carraig Donn sweater, represents the hard work of the bumblebee, signifying the sweet rewards of industrious labor.

Carraig Donn Collar Patchwork Cardigan- this patchwork cardigan combines the eye-catching cable, diamond and chevron stitches. The latter is a knitted take on the baskets used for carrying the day’s catch to and from the market.

Other stitches used in our sweaters are the blackberry, moss, symbolize the natural earth, both the blackberry bush and moss being dense and close to the ground, reminding the wearer to stay grounded and humble.

Whether you’re looking for yourself, for a loved one, or for a friend, Carraig Donn has something for everyone, with brad selections for men, women, children, and babies. All of our Carraig Donn clothes come with free gift wrapping. Most orders before 3pm ship the same day and orders over $100 are shipped for free. Additionally, 30-day no hassle returns or exchanges. If you are looking for a taste of Ireland’s finest, this range comes from the heart of its heritage. Shop all our Aran Woolen Mills products today!

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    Classic Aran Knit Pom-Pom Hat for Women

    Keep the nippy cold at bay with our wonderfully-made Classic Aran Knit Pom-Pom Hat for Women from Carraig Donn. Stay cheerful and warm this winter with this super soft merino wool hat that gently hugs and insulates your head in luxurious warmth like...

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    Merino Wool Honeycomb Irish Snood Scarf

    This gorgeous and warm Merino Wool Honeycomb Irish Snood Scarf is the perfect accessory for cold weather. An infinity loop, this snood can be worn wrapped around the neck or thrown up and worn like a hood for when the weather really turns. The organic,...

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    Women's Supersoft Hat with Buttons

    Exude Irish charm in this warm woolly hat with accented contrast buttons and pom pom. Available in Natural White and Teal, this hat is made of 100% merino wool that is both soft to the touch and incredibly warm. The cable knit is elegant, the Aran Island...

    $34.95
  • Aran Woollen Mills Hand-Knit Mittens for Adults Natural White S171669 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Hand-Knit Mittens for Adults Natural White S171669 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Hand-Knit Mittens for Adults Natural White S171669 ShamrockGift.com

    Hand-Knit Adult Mittens

    Did you know our Hand-Knit Adult Mittens from Carraig Donn are typically warmer than gloves? That is because your fingers are warmer when touching each other, and body heat is transmitted quicker throughout the wool material, keeping your digits nice and...

    $32.45
  • Aran Woollen Mills Adult Knitted Slip-On Slipper Natural R688502 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Adult Knitted Slip-On Slipper Natural R688502 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Adult Knitted Slip-On Slipper Natural R688502 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Adult Knitted Slip-On Slipper Natural R688502 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Adult Knitted Slip-On Slipper Natural R688502 ShamrockGift.com

    Adult Knitted Slip On Slippers

    Looking for a stylish way to keep your feet warm this winter? Take a cue from the Aran Islanders of the Irish west coast with our Adult Knitted Slip On Slippers. In classic creamy white, these beautiful and cozy slippers feature a distinctive cabled...

    $29.95
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    Merino Wool Irish Fingerless Knit Gloves

    When you are out in bone-chilling weather, you have two choices: keep your hands warm with a pair of gloves, or do not wear gloves to keep your hands free and freeze your little fingers off! Thankfully, our good friends at Carraig Donn have come up with...

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  • Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens Natural  Shamrockgift.com Aran Woolen Mills Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens Natural  Shamrockgift.com Aran Woolen Mills Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens natural  Shamrockgift.com Aran Woolen Mills Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens Slate Grey Shamrockgift.com Aran Woolen Mills

    Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens

    When you’re out in hand-chilling weather, you have two choices: keep your hands warm with gloves or keep your hands free so you can use your touchscreen smartphone. With these Super Soft Irish Wool Long Fingerless Knit Mittens, that dilemma is...

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  • Aran Woollen Mills Irish Merino Wool Cable Knit Scarf 72" with Shamrocks A843283-1-ONE ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Irish Merino Wool Cable Knit Scarf 72" with Shamrocks A843283-1-ONE ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Irish Merino Wool Cable Knit Scarf 72" with Shamrocks A843283-1-ONE ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Irish Merino Wool Cable Knit Scarf 72" with Shamrocks A843283-1-ONE ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Irish Merino Wool Cable Knit Scarf 72" with Shamrocks Close Up A843283-1-ONE ShamrockGift.com

    Irish Cable Knit Scarf with Shamrocks

    The winter season always brings with it challenges when it comes to fashion and keeping it trendy. Ladies love to stand out irrespective of the weather and the occasion. There are several outlets and design outfits that have, over time, created a name...

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    Women's Crossover Aran Headband

    This lovely, warm wool headband with lace and Aran stitching is the perfect accessory to jazz up your cold-weather outfits and stave off those winter blues. Let the others wear dark slouchy beanies and a general air of malaise. The beautiful crossover...

    $34.95
  • Aran Woollen Mills Sheep Irish Knitted Warm Slippers R774502 ShamrockGift.com Aran Woollen Mills Sheep Irish Knitted Warm Slippers R774502 ShamrockGift.com

    Sheep Irish Knitted Warm Slippers

    Pamper yourself this season with a pair of soft slippers. Our Irish slippers are knitted from the finest merino wool, providing long lasting comfort and durability. This pair of slippers includes an anti-slip sole, making it perfect for all indoor...

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