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Old 04-27-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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What IS Aran Yarn??? - 4 Man's Fisherman Sweater
What exactly IS Aran??????? I don't think I've ever seen yarn that was called that..........

I'm looking to make a man's fisherman's sweater for hubby for Christmas. Perhaps this one: Men's Pullover Irish Knit.........only I'm not really happy with that one, I might want something with buttons down the front..........if anyone has a link, I'd appreciate it!

So, anyway.........what the heck IS it? What type of "regular" yarn can I substitute?
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:08 AM   #2
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Aran knitting is a type of stitch design - this quote is from here

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Aran knitting (sometimes referred to as fisherman knitting) is thought by many to be an ancient form of family identification, but it actually had its beginnings among the inhabitants of the Aran Islands in the early 20th century. While most often associated with sweaters, this technique of working combinations of stitches and patterns in a solid color (usually white) can also be used to beautiful effect in an afghan.
More stuff on Aran

There are books dedicated to just Aran including pattern books and stitch books.

ETA: Possible patterns.....
Button Up Pattern
Zip Up Pattern
Button Up from Knit Picks

List of Aran Techniques
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:21 AM   #3
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Aaaaaaaaaaaah! Thanks!
So any yarn then.... ?


I'll read your links. Thanks again! Now all I need is a pattern for a fisherman's pullover!
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:22 AM   #4
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I would think you could use any yarn. I have seen specific "Aran" yarn, but any yarn would work!
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Old 04-27-2007, 11:28 AM   #5
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I've also seen aran used as a weight of yarn (I can't think what website right now) but for example in the "yarn by weight" list it will say aran/worsted weight- but I can't remember if 'worsted' is the right weight! Sorry! :P
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Is it wiseneedle.com? When I searched for Aran I got 17 results!

So NOW I know, Aran is a STITCH, not a yarn! Sara_Jayne's links were great!
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OK, at elann.com if you do the yarn search and look at the gauge options, aran is one of the options. I was starting to think I just dreamed that.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:38 PM   #8
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It can also be used to describe a yarn color "Aran" or "Aran white"...which is just cuz the Aran sweaters are generally knit in a simple natural white or untreated/natural wool. It's one of those terms that can be used to describe just about anything involved in the knitting process.

Most worsted and heavy-worsted weight yarns will look quite nice in an Aran pattern, and of course you don't have to stick to the white color. Keep in mind though that Aran knitting has lots of cables and stitch patterns--so solid colors work best (and probably nothing too dark, don't want all that hard work to get lost!)

Good luck! I looove a good Irish-knit sweater. Itchy--but purrrdy.
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Lion Brand has a type called Fisherman's wool that is mean't for that type of sweater. It has natural oils in it that are water repellant. I've never used it but it is reasonably priced and available in places like Michaels or AC Moore. If its a present you might want something a little nicer or if you need to machine wash it you might find something else too. Good luck.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:59 PM   #10
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From an Irish point of view... Aran is heavier than double knit but lighter than chunky. Most of mine have 4.5mm or 5mm needles specified on the labels (which is US 7 or 8 I think). My 4.5mm one has the tension 19st and 24 rows to 10cm (4inches) over stocking stitch anf the 5mm one is 18st and 22 rowa to 10cm over rice stitch.
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