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  • 10/12 - Aran Cardi October Special

    Check out our October Aran sweater special. For our online customers this beautiful zipped Aran cardigan made of 100% quality Merino Wool. With a hood and double zip this long fitted cardigan boosts beautiful Aran patterns while also being practical and versitile. A popular favorite, it is a must have for anyone looking for celtic elegance combined with a cosiness only found in Irish craftwork. Warm and beautiful it makes a great gift; for you or someone special. Comes in Natural, Charcoal and Green colours at the price of 101.90

    You canorder here https://www.sweatershop.com/womens/cardigans/ladies-hooded-aran-zipper

    Got a question? Ask us at [email protected]

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  • 04/14 - Ladies Button Cardigan on Sale

    This Traditional Irish buttoned cardigan is very stylish and comfortable to wear. The pure wool offers the most basic traditional Aran look.

    A handy crew neck line and 2 pockets make it a neat alternative to a blazer, that can be worn over blouses or turtlenecks and jeans and skirts.

    The main body has the lucky honeycomb Aran Stitch. Alongside the placket the Aran cable stitch is a wish for safety and luck.
    The pockets on the front are an additional feature.

    A truly versatile garment that will stand out as a timeless piece of quality heavy duty knitwear for many season.

    Dry clean or hand wash only highly recommended

    Made from 100% Pure New Wool.

    If you would like to know more about this carduigan, you can ask us at[email protected]

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  • 01/14 - History of Aran

    HISTORY OF ARAN

    The people of Aran lived there for centuries and have made their living by the cultivation of the land, entailing really hard work as there is only a thin covering of soil over the rock surface and often no soil at all. Great use is made of seaweed to enrich and manure their crops; they also trade with the mainland in cattle swimming out and then being hauled aboard with ropes.

    The island women weave their own tweed and make a type of belt called a "crios", which is woven over the foot, in very bright colours and most attractive patterns.

    Most knitting patterns were never written down, but handed on in families. The style of kitting is that known as Traditional. The highly skilled knitters turn out lovely work, but sometimes, with a true Irish touch of "nothing really matters" their knitting shows mistakes always found in the simple patterns, and a careless nonchalance in the crossing of their cables.

    The more intricate the pattern the more perfect the knitting, and their best work is of highest standards. Some of the interlaced or plaited patterns seen to have originated from the designsfound on Irish stones and crosses - the latter are most impressive and rich in their decoration. These Aran knitters group their patterns very cleverly and use the travelling stitch, both plain and crossed, singly or in pairs and trebles, running across the surface of the knitting, and also use it in crossovers. Cable stitch is worked in with great effect among the other patterns. Some of the knitters embellish their work with "Bobbles" knitted in as the work progresses which certainly add a richness and character.

     

    HANDKNITTING

    Hand knitting, like weaving, is a craft with roots deep in the life of the Irish Countryside. Hand knit "ganseys" or sweaters, caps, stockings, trousers and shawls were once commonly worn, but the Cottage industry of Irish Hand knits has lasted longest along the Western Seaboard. The hand knit sweaters od Donegal and Aran are world famous made of heavy oiled wool, guaranteed to keep out wind and weather, they are the traditional costume of the Fisherman. Equipped with the sweater, homespun Bawneen Trousers and Jackets, they braved the stormiest of seas in their currach's. The knitters working for Erin will verify that it takes 40 hours of hand kitting to produce one garment.

    FOLKLORE

    It was said that if a fisherman were drowned at sea and washed ashore far from home he might be identified by the stiches or pattern of his Gansey or other garment.

    John Millington Synge who based some of his most famous plays on the stories he has head, and the life he had experienced on the Aran Islands, describes in "Riders to the Sea" how a girl identifies the body of her drowned fisherman brother by the stockings he wore, it's the second one of the third pair I knitted, and I put up three score stitches and I dropped four of them."In places like Aran and Donegal they will tell you that the stitches in a Gansey have meaning or tell a story relating to the life of the Fisherman - Sea, Earth, Sky, Marriage, Sons to take his place, many too, are supposed to have a religious significance.

    STITCHES AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE

    Trinity or Blackberry

    Is supposed to represent the Holy Trinity. It is done by making three stitches from one and one from three across the panel - hence its name.

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    Double ZigZag

    Depicting the ups and downs of married life (usually shown running from shoulder to hem of the garment) also represents forked lightning or cliff paths.

     

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    Ladder

    Purl or twist stitches worked to form the poles and rungs of the ladder of life, against a plain stitch background. It symbolises the pilgrims road to eternal happiness.

     

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    Moss Stitch or Carrageen Moss

    (Seaweed with medicinal properties - also used for making Blancmange)

    It represents wealth to the Fisherfolk. Also called poor man's wealth.

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    Link

    The eternal link for those who left the island.

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    Trellis

    An intricate pattern of plain stitches worked to form a trellis effect over purl stitches, represent the stoney fields of the west, and the nets of the Fishermen.

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    Honeycomb

    This looks like its name and is made by twisting stitches forwards and backwards across the panel. It is a tribute to the bee. It was considered a luckyt omen if a fisherman saw a swarm of bees before setting out to sea a good catch was assured.

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    Cable and Rope

    Are of all types, and represent the Fisherman's ropes.

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    Diamond

    Usually formed in Moss Stitch is said to represent wealth and success.

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    Basket

    The fisherman's basket, for abundant catches.

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  • 01/11 - About the Sweater Shop

    The Sweater Shop opened it's doors for the first time in 1986, when the first branch was opened in Dublin. The founder, Dom Byrne, worked for one of the major knitwear manufacturer for the previous ten years, where he learned the technical side of knitting by hand, machine and the details of the various wools.

    He discovered a sweater specialist store in the west coast of USA, while on his visit to sell his sweaters. Having considered it for a long time, he decided to open first of the Sweater Shop branches in Dublin selling popular warm Irish sweaters, as well as other top quality Irish designer clothing and University of Dublin - Trinity College official merchandise.

    For 27 years the Sweater Shop has always ensured to sell knitwear that is of the highest grade, and to carry a great selection of traditional designs, as well as, following fashion trends and offering the best possible prices!

    At present there are 5 branches across Ireland. Two of them in Dublin City, two in Galway in the West of the country and one in Kilkenny.

    The Sweater Shop sells the knitwear to tourists and locals alike and has a reputation for friendly and helpful staff

    Got a question? Ask us at [email protected]

  • 10/10 - November with Carraig Donn

    Carraig Donn A313

    This month we have available at the special price at 64.90 to our online customers, is the beautiful Carraig Donn sweater. Available in an assortment of rich and varied colours, this bestselling Irish sweater features traditional Irish paterns with a modern twist. This extremely versatile Carraig Donn garment can be depended upon to bring a touch of celtic mystique to any outfit as well as much needed warmth for those cold winter nights. This elegant garment is not to be missed! Sizes available range from X-Small to X-Large and colours come in light grey, charcoal, black, cream, green, blue, red, raspberry, dark purple, purple and beige. Photos available in Womens Cardigans section

    Got a question? Ask us at [email protected]

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