Knit with gorgeous & traditional Aran patterns, soft, plush and warm, our kids Irish sweaters are built to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Comfortable and cozy, the wool fabrics are of the highest quality and the ideal cold weather antidote.
Aran Sweaters’ History
The Aran sweaters among this Kids Irish Sweaters collection carry on the rich tradition of a common staple in Irish fashion that originated during the 1890s in the Aran Islands, which are located off the western coast of Ireland. Fishing was the main livelihood of Aran Island men, so their wives and mothers would knit these sweaters from unscoured wool to keep the fishermen warm during the terribly cold winters. Aran sweaters gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, and they were particularly admired for their ornately-woven patterns that possess special meanings.
Some of the well-known Aran stitches featured in the sweaters and cardigans for children include the honeycomb, which represents the hard-working honey bee and the dedicated workers of the Aran Islands, the moss stitch that symbolizes growth and carrageenan moss, which is the type of seaweed that lines the stone walls of the Aran Islands, and the zigzag, which represents the jagged cliffs of the Aran Islands. Other popular stitches are the diamond, which represents a blessing for wealth and abundance, the basket, which represents the fisherman's basket for good luck in making abundant catches, and the cable, which symbolizes prayers for safety and good luck in the island fisherman’s everyday life.
These kids Irish sweaters are made from 100% Merino wool, offering rich warmth, softness, and moisture-wicking breathability that will keep your little one feeling comfortably dry all day.
Besides being extremely functional, these Merino knit sweaters and cardigans also come in a wide variety of diverse styles for both boys and girls, inspired by Irish history and culture. Your little ones will love the choices they have, from traditional Aran sweaters, the truly authentic pieces, usually featuring a stylish touch like football buttons that accent the color, to Crew neck sweaters that create a simple and versatile look and also allow a relaxed look. Some of the other kids' sweaters in our selection feature adorable designs with Irish symbols, such as fluffy sheep (in Ireland, there is a widely popular joke that says that there are so many sheep in the country that they outnumber the people on the island!) or lucky shamrocks (such designs can be the perfect touch of green to any St Patrick’s outfit!).
Whether it’s for your little ones, relatives, or children of close friends, we have a wonderful range of Kids’ Irish Sweaters and cardigans that make great gifts for any occasion!