Aran Sweaters are a very popular sweater style in the UK, especially amongst the young adults and teenagers in the Northern Ireland communities. The Aran sweater is a fashion of sweater, which takes its name from an Aran Island off the west coast of Ireland known as Aran. This sweater style has a very distinctive look, which is characterized by its off white color, typically with cable designs running around the body. It also has a very distinct style of buttons and at times, has a number of buttons placed randomly on it rather than having an organised style. You can see some great examples at Shamrock Gift.
In general the design pattern of an Aran sweater consists of a series of small circles sewn together, with an overall repeating pattern. There can be some variation of this pattern depending on how the garment is made, what it is intended for and the personality of the person who wears it. When made for a family, the clothing may have a more personalized and intricate design pattern, such as the famous Irish wool sweaters or the Aran sweaters which have an endless series of colorful button holes.
Some styles may be sewn with double-sided stitching, which makes it possible for the wearer to replace the buttons. Even though this is the most common type of Aran sweater, there are other types that incorporate a buttoning system which only requires sewing and not replacing buttons, these sweaters are usually smaller than the conventional ones.