Jacinta wears Joanna's aran sweater.

Inspired by: Aran sweater

Posted on January 28, 2013

Another gem from Joanna Donnelly…..

To make this Aran sweater, I went in search of the nicest Aran wool I could find. It’s all about the yarn! I found the one I liked the best at The Wool Shop. They’re a pleasure to deal with there, delivery is next day and from what I can make out the pricing is competitive enough to suit me. The wool is the new Tivoli Celtic Aran superwash 100% wool and it’s lovely. I choose the nearly white colour.

My inspiration was this sweater. This one is a real classic “boyfriend” sweater and the one I made is slightly different. I went for a boat neck and a shorter, more fitted style.

If you don’t know how to do Aran patterns and cabling, I can’t help you here – you’ll have to go and speak to your mother. I don’t buy or follow patterns myself, I just make them up as I go along! The basic jist is the same as any standard Aran pattern and I found this one online that’s a good baseline.

Joanna knitting

The neckline on this jumper is higher though, so if you want the boat neck you’ll have to adjust somewhat. To get a nice boatneck, I simply stop shaping when I finish the armhole when the jumper is the appropriate length and pick up the stitches to make the neckline rib. Don’t do any further adjusting for the neckline. It’s actually easier! The front and back are both the same.

What Others Are Saying

  1. niamh mccabe January 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Wowzers! Is there nothing you can’t do Joanna. I want!

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  3. Muireann Quill May 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks, your right is all about getting the right wool and time! How long did it take you to make?

    • Joanna May 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Muireann,

      think it took about a week of knitting. I work and have three kids so it might be possible to do it quicker too. I’m not the very fastest knitter around 🙂


  4. Niall McCann February 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Joanna, I have only picked this post up now, Thank you for the link. Bernadette and Niall The wool shop team

  5. Mary Smith April 19, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Joanne where do you get your patterns from.
    Thank you so much
    Mary Smith

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