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Inis Meain Natural Aran Celebration Knit Sweater

This Inis Meain Celebration knit Sweater is hand knitted in the Aran Islands using the finest wool available. The highly complex, decorative knits emerged from a tradition of the island's rich history. Pictures, unfortunately, do this piece little justice. This piece is incredibly practical and easy to wear as an additional layer.

  • 90% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere
  • Crewneck collar
  • Knitted on the Irish island of Inis Meain.
  • Hand-linked and finished.


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Regular Price: $595.00

Special Price $178.50

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The celebration knits have a rich and traditional history. These “Sunday best” sweaters were normally knitted from finer wools, either white or natural in color, and worn by children during their first communion and by husbands on special occasions. They served as the canvas for the island’s women to indulge in and showcase their passion for knitting. The 90% merino wool construction yields a lightweight body and fantastic hand without compromising warmth.

Highly complex, decorative cables emerged from this tradition, leveraging any new stitches the women had learned and identifying the family in the same way as Scottish Tweed. Soon a cottage industry arose from this tradition, and womenfolk, mothers and daughters in most houses supplemented the family income by making sweaters for the growing Irish tourist industry. Patterns varied from knitter to knitter with each individual having their own combination of diamonds, cables and trellis, tree of life and moss motifs. But the basic formula of highly decorated classic shapes was maintained.

About Inis Meain

Inis Meain means "'middle island"in Irish, and is also the name of the middle of the three Aran Islands on which these sweaters are knitted. The company knits sweaters in classic intricate Aran Island designs, continuing a knitting tradition that has warmed generations of fishermen in the wet and windy climate of Galway Bay.

The company was founded in 1976 by Tarlach de Blacam and his wife Aine, an islander, to bring back to life the island's traditional fisherman knitwear that had disappeared over time. Drawing on the island's long heritage, Inis Meain draws on a huge repertoire of local hand-knitters, sometimes using old photographs of island knits for inspiration, even reproducing them in some cases.

For centuries, the fishermen's garments were knitted by the women of the island. Knitting was just one of a number of skills that islanders had to learn and to master, to create a way of living in a very inhospitable place. Their sweaters represent the best of pre-globalized micro-cultures that produced clothing not for fashion but out of necessity. The harsh wet, windy climate fisherman endured in the Galway Bay required hardy, warm knitwear that could withstand the climate. Over the centuries, a rich style emerged that gave way to the iconic "Aran Cable."

Additional Info

Additional Info

Neck Style Crewneck
Sweater Material Merino Blend
Handset Icon made by Gregor Cresnar from is licensed by CC 3.0 BY