Wrap yourself in a rich Irish tradition
Originated in the early 1900s on the Aran islands, off the west coast of Ireland, Aran knitwear has been made in Ireland for over a hundred years. From fishermen to farmers, generations of Irish people have trusted it to shield them from the merciless sea winds that sweep onto the coast.
Using skills passed down through families and stitches rich in symbolism, Aran tells the unique story of our culture and heritage.
The Diamond Stitch - Wealth
The diamond stitch depicts the shape of the fields which farmers lived and worked on in the Aran islands. This traditional Aran pattern gave hope for wealth and is often paired with the moss stitch.
EXPLORE DIAMOND STITCH GARMENTS
The Cable Stitch - Good Luck
The cable stitch is the most common Aran stitch pattern used in Irish knitwear. It represents a fisherman’s ropes and nets and bestows good fortune on the wearer for safety on their journey out at sea, as well as good luck for a bountiful catch. When the cable stitch is interwined, it symbolises the balance between hard work & family life.
EXPLORE CABLE STITCH GARMENTS
The Honeycomb Stitch - Hard Work
The honeycomb stitch was created to pay homage to the work ethic that bees have. It highlights the importance of hard work and the sweet rewards it carries.
EXPLORE HONEYCOMB STITCH GARMENTS
The Moss Stitch - Nature
The moss stitch, represents good harvest and is often paired with the Diamond stitch. It depicts the Irish moss that grows on stone walls and the carrageen moss, a type of seaweed that grows on the rocks in the ocean & is typically found on the Irish coast. It is used as a food with many nutritional benefits or as fertiliser for Irish farms & fields.
EXPLORE MOSS STITCH GARMENTS
The Trellis Stitch - Protection
The trellis stitch represents the landscape patterns created by the stone-walled fields which would offer protection against the strong Atlantic winds near the coast and farms in Western Ireland.
EXPLORE TRELLIS STITCH GARMENTS
The ZigZag Stitch - Direction
The zigzag stitch symbolises the twisting cliff paths on the Aran islands which lead down to the Atlantic coast. It is sometimes referred to as the stitch of marriage as it represents the peaks and troughs of married life.
EXPLORE THE ZIGZAG STITCH GARMENTS
The Lattice Stitch - Abundance
The lattice stitch, also known as the basket stitch represents the basket of the fisherman and the hopes for a good catch. Sweaters with this Aran pattern are often referred to as fisherman's sweaters.
EXPLORE THE LATTICE STITCH GARMENTS
IrelandsEye Knitwear started with six family members in 1988 and our business has involved 3 generations of the same family. We now employ a team of 50 people in our 30,000 Sq. Ft. factory as part of our extended family and continue to produce high quality knitwear that we ship to customers all over the world.
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