Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit
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Stardigan Hand Knit Aran Contemporary fit

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As featured by 'EVOKE' recently in the Stardigan feature by Rebecca Dore!

Design and pattern original by Edel 

100 % Handknit in Donegal with decades of expertise and hand stitched

with love and skill here in our Donegal studio Ireland.

Easy care lightweight new wool, sustainable and a great life choice.

These stitch designs connect family and love in many ways. The zig zag lines represent the ups and downs of marriage and relationships. Sometimes only two lines run along side each other but here I added a third! 

The knitted tree design was considered to be symbolic of a long life with many sons? (I did not invent that one) I did however increase the number of branches out of the centre mother line.

Aran is often referred to as cable-knit.

The cabling saves a purpose beyond the aesthetic, it makes the fabric stronger and the shape hold firm. In the original Aran designs developed as workwear it made them more water resistant. 

The sides are Knit in a rice stitch that was used in Donegal Aran in the 1970's.

The bobbles featured extensively in the Aran knit of the 1950's and 1960's including on the mens Aran sweaters (Like the Clancy Brother Handknits),

supersized here for fun.

Handmade sunshine yellow linen buttons.

Sizes: One Size as size chart between M and L 

22ins long and 20ins wide in the red and a little larger in the apple and orange tweeds. Will suit from small sizes through to dress size 16 (UK) or US dress size 12.

Care: See 'How to care for me'

Leadtime: Handknit, if not in stock allow four weeks from ordering

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