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They call it a "fisherman's sweater" for a reason! In times (mostly) gone by, hardy Irish men wore woolly sweaters from the Aran Islands to combat freezing cold and damp wet while working outside in the winter, be it out on the rolling fields or battling the tide at sea. Woollen fabric was a godsend, since it was warm and water-repellent. In fact, Aran sweaters can absorb 30% of their weight in water before they even begin to feel wet, making them a top-notch choice for any occasion on which warmth and breathability alike are called for.

Why Merino Wool Is Best for Aran Sweaters

Irish wool is an incredible insulator, primarily due to its built-in natural crimp with a high volume of air (which accounts for the above-mentioned breathability). And, importantly, the wool used was thick and soft -- no scratchiness to be felt, meaning that these hard-working men could work in the utmost comfort, focused entirely on doing what they did best. It’s a little-known fact that the forefather of the Aran sweater is the gansey (or guernsey), a garment that British fishermen donned for centuries. Of course, the two are markedly different -- but how, you might ask? The big difference between a gansey and an Aran garment is style and flair, of course!

The Irish brought their signature panache to the sweater game. Not satisfied with the gansey's planer, practical workaday design, Aran Island knitters got creative and started experimenting with their stitches, the better to allow their people to look as great as they felt. The results have stood the test of time, to say the least -- not least due to some popularization by Vogue magazine in the 1950s, when their articles on Aran knit jumpers cemented their status as a fashion mainstay for all time.

The Meanings of Aran Sweater Patterns

Part of the magic of the Aran knit jumper is that two are rarely made to look the same, differing in color, cut, and, most importantly, stitch combination. In olden times, each kind of gorgeous stitch (moss, diamond, ladder, trellis, basket, cable, blackberry, and honeycomb) had its own unique meaning. Stitches could represent something as straightforward as wealth and success, or something as ambiguous and far-reaching as the Tree of Life, an ancient Irish symbol which appears in much Celtic art, evoking a sense of the continuous cycles of existence. Combinations of stitches in Aran Island knits are no accident: each Irish clan had their own specific design patterns to identify them, which were passed down and perfected from generation to generation.

 Irish Wool Sweaters Collection

All of Shamrock Gift’s handsome Aran sweaters for men are part of this tradition. In some cases, we've jazzed them up with modern touches (a turtleneck here, or a steel zipper there), but the substance and style of each stitch remains intact. It's the same awesome sweater Irishmen have been wearing for hundreds of years, easily accessible in our catalogue for anyone with the desire to get a little much in touch with their family’s heritage -- and the wonders of Irish fashion, too.

Boasting a vast range of sizes and colors (the better to allow you to tailor your sweater to your most exact personal needs), our range of premium Irish sweaters is versatile as they are attractive.
Saol Crew Neck Sweater — Crafted from 100% selected merino wool this Irish sweater provides maximum comfort, durability, and fit.
Rugged Celtic Wool Troyer Sweater — This ribbed 4-button collar sweater features a traditional Celtic Knot knit pattern that runs across the chest .
Mens Single Button Shawl Collar Aran Sweater — Thanks to traditional stitch patterns used, this men’s sweater boasts a design that never goes out of style, while its flattering fit and smart v-neck give it a modern edge.

Perfect for staying comfortable while hiking the trail, hanging out at home, or spending a few hours in the pub with friends at the weekend, it’s timelessly-classic look will never let you down. Worn over a stylish button-up shirt, many of these Irish men’s sweaters are also an excellent option for looking your best on casual Friday at the office -- and their beautiful colors and sturdy weave might just attract more than a few compliments from your co-workers, too! So, what are you waiting for? Shop the line now!

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