Irish Aran History Tradition Fashion
Irish Aran History Tradition Fashion
Irish Aran History Tradition Fashion
Irish Aran History Tradition Fashion
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Irish Aran History Tradition Fashion

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The O'Brien 2019 publication of this book by author Vawn Corrigan helped fill the written story gap on Aran knitting or fishing sweater knitting in Ireland.

Usually a subject investigated more by writers of other Nationalities with a knitting emphasis, Vawn Corrigan approaches the subject as a writer passionate about textile heritage. She is also an enthusiastic maker.

Edel met with Vawn and had numerous telephone interviews on the subject of Aran. Reading the early drafts part of Edel's contribution came in the form of noting some important knitters that she felt have not been recognised "enough" in recent decades for their unique contributions. The wonderful early work and later Aran inspired porcelain of Cyril Cullen, the skilled hand loomed Aran of Rossan knitwear for example. The book is full of interesting facts not recorded before about out Aran journey.

Does Not contain Aran patterns, does contain Edel's Blackberry stitch instruction at the back

First Edition 2019 

All copies are new and bought from the publisher 

Publisher : The O'Brien Press, Dublin

Weight: 400g


Mailed in tissue and bubble wrap, included an aran wool bookmaker with Edel's label attached.

Size Guide

Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride

UK 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16 16-18
US 2-4 4-6 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
Chest 36 ins
92 cms
38 ins
96 cms
40 ins
102 cms
43 ins
110 cms
46 ins
118 cms
50 ins
126 cms
Length 26 ins
66.5 cms
26 ins
66.5 cms
27 ins
69 cms
27 ins
69 cms
28 ins
72 cms
28 ins
72 cms
Sleeve 17 ins
44 cms
17.5 ins
45 cms
18 ins
47 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
19 ins
49 cms

These are the actual garment measurements.

Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.

Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.

Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.

More measurements may be given in the garment description.

How To Care For Me

How to care for me

Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?

Here’s my experience so far;

I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first. 

I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me! 

When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this!  Dry me flat on my back.

Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!

Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.

I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.

Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.

My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.

Bullet point summary:

  • Roll up when stored
  • 30 degree hand or machine wool wash cycle
  • Only recommended detergents
  • Squeeze all excess water out after a handwash (roll in a dry clean towel)
  • Dry flat
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Hang-up if you wish, choose the hanger carefully (incase shoulders get stretched)
  • Dry cleaning is allowed, but we prefer washing
  • Often all that’s needed is to hang in the air a few hours to refresh
  • Avoid seat belts and cross - body bags due to fabric abrasion