One Aran Jumper, Please & Thank You!


Clockwise from top right: 1. Dreams of Aran by Drops // 2. Honeycomb Aran by Paton Yarnspirations (Free!) // 3. Aran Pullover Sweater by Lion Brand // 4. Backbay by Jared Flood

As I'm writing this post the temperature outside is approximately 1 bazillion. I live in the Bay Area where one can expect fairly temperate weather year-round, but in the last few days we've had the craziest heatwave. I'm talking 75 degrees at 9pm, conditions practically unheard of in these parts. SoCal weather, you know? I can't shut up about it, much to the annoyance of my Midwestern boyfriend. I know Indian Summer blah blah blah but this is just so hot!

And the sweater that I can't get out of my head? A thick wooly Fisherman's jumper! Ouch! We can blame this adorable pic of Elenore from for the inspiration.

The history of the Aran jumper is actually quite cool (no pun intended ;)). The name comes from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Traditionally, Aran sweaters were knit from 100% unscoured wool, called báinín in Gaelic, (read: full of waxy Lanolin making them essentially water resistant and perfect for folks out at sea) and featured intricate cabling patterns. From Wikipedia:

Some stitch patterns have a traditional interpretation, often of religious significance. The honeycomb is a symbol of the hard-working bee. The cable, an integral part of the Aran islander's daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing. The diamond is a wish of success, wealth and treasure. The basket stitch represents the basket, a hope for a plentiful catch.

The pattern roundup above consists of some of my favorite Aran's in my Ravelry library. I hope to knit Backbay in the New Year when the weather cools down a bit. 'Til then I'll admire these beauts from afar.