At a weight that sits between that of Double Knit wools and Chunky yarns, Aran wool is slightly heavier wool. Nevertheless, it is still diverse enough to create a truly luxurious and comfortable garment of clothing. You can learn a lot about advanced knitting techniques with our fantastic range of Aran wool knitting patterns. Aran wool is traditionally used to create the raised cable stitched, twisted, and diamond patterned designs that are so commonly associated with classic fisherman’s jumpers. Since these are historically native to the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland, the wool has earned its namesake. These jumpers were unique to each clan within the islands, much like kilts were to Scottish families. Due to the natural oils in Aran wool, the wool stays dry for longer in spite of harsh weather. As such, Aran wool also has the additional benefit of being easier to wash and maintain, so you can expect longer life from your knitted garment when using this wool. Browse through our collection of Aran wools, from the classic natural fibre variety to modern Aran wool, which also includes premium acrylic and fibre blends. You can enjoy the highest of qualities from our entire range; whether you choose natural wool or a manmade mix, each of our Aran wools delivers the same gauge knit to perfection.
Aran wool is the ideal choice of wool to use if you are looking to create a truly thick, warm and cosy knitted item for the colder winter months. Check out our selection of knitting patterns below, from stylish cardigans, jumpers and ponchos for women and men, to super soft knitwear, blankets, hats and accessories for children and babies. Find your local King Cole stockist and begin your next knitting project today.