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The stitches designed in the Aran sweater are indeed intricate and beautiful. All the stitches have a symbolic meaning behind them.
The Honeycomb Stitch
The Honeycomb stitch is the most used stitch in aran knitting. It is a symbol that represents honour to the hard working bees that produce the islands supply of honey.
The Basket Stitch
The Basket stitch represents the fisherman's hope of a bountiful catch. The stitch resembles a fisherman's basket and is a good omen.
The Trelis Stitch
The Trelis stitch symbolises the fields on the Islands, which are separated by stone walls. they where built by the islanders to separate the land and contain there livestock.
The Blackberry Stitch
The Blackberry stitch reminds us of the rich abundance of wild growing blackberry bushes growing around the islands. Reminds us of a fruitful life.
The Cable Stitch
The Cable stitch is said to resemble the ropes of the fishermen and hopes of a good catch.
The Zig Zag Stitch
The Zig Zag Stitch is a symbol of the beautiful cliffs around the islands and the ups and downs of marriage.
The Diamond Stitch
The Diamond Stitch is a symbol of future wealth.
something we could all do with!
The Tree of Life
The Tree of life stitch represents Family, past and present strength in parents
and healthy Children.
The Moss Stitch
The Moss Stitch is a symbol of the carragean moss which is found on the wall on the islands.
The Authentic Aran sweater is always made from Merino wool but the stitches are not reserved just for the Aran, nowadays the stitches are used in modern knitwear.
They still carry there meanings but when there put together in a sweater they can tell a story and that's why the Aran Sweater will always be the most special sweater you will ever own.
So if you want a sweater to keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer and has the meaning of Family wealth and hope then take a look at our collections at www.aransofireland.com