Each stitch in an Aran cardigan has significance, and each type of stitch (moss, diamond, ladder, trellis, basket, cable, blackberry, and honeycomb) has a specific significance that reflects centuries of Irish history. Stitches can stand up for something as simple as money and success or as complex and all-encompassing as the tree of life. Your Aran sweater is a historical artifact that you wear (a very stylish piece).
These Men’s Irish Cardigans are starkly contemporary and stylish, yet their roots are in the long-standing Aran stitching tradition in Ireland that began with Aran sweaters. The Aran Islands, which are located off the western coast of Ireland, are where Aran sweaters originally became popular in the 1890s. Most men in the Aran Islands made their living primarily through fishing, therefore to keep them warm during the chilly winters, their wives and mothers would weave them these sweaters from un-scoured wool. In the 1950s and 1960s, cable knit sweaters unquestionably were very fashionable, and they were especially cherished for their intricate woven designs, each of which had a deep symbolic value.
The moss stitch, which represents growth and also symbolizes carrageenan moss, the seaweed that lines the stone walls of the Aran Islands, is one of the more well-known Aran stitches. The honeycomb stitch, which represents steadfast work and the devoted worker bees of the Aran Islands, is another. The zigzag stitch represents the rough, jagged cliffs of the Aran Islands. Other common stitches are the cable, which represents prayers for safety and good fortune in a fisherman’s daily life, the diamond, which represents a blessing for prosperity, success, and abundance, the basket, which depicts the fisherman’s basket for good luck in making plentiful catches.
Many of Aran Sweaters Direct’s Men’s Aran Cardigans are made of pure 100 percent Merino wool and beautifully display beautiful Aran stitch patterns. Because of its opulent softness, breathability, and insulating warmth, merino wool is a premium grade of wool that is widely sought after. Every man will look and feel fantastic outside in the fall and winter thanks to its incredible moisture-wicking ability that provides comfortable dryness!
These accessories are perfect for color-blocked outfits and will keep your core toasty. Upgrade your wardrobe with a few of our exquisite Men’s Irish Cardigans, or buy one as a thoughtful present for a friend!