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Sweater Weather (Part 1)

I have to admit I only started using this term in extreme abundance a few years ago, but once that pinch of a chill hit this November, I am 100% sweata weatha ready.

The blessing of a sweater wearer is that it has so many guises, and for me doubles as my outer layer, negating the need for a jacket or coat just yet. It allows for that autumn layering to start to add colour, warmth, and those beloved scrunched-up ¾ sleeves. I also love a shirt/blouse hanging out at the bottom of a jumper, sweater, or buttoned-up cardigan.

There is a multitude of guises you can do your version of sweater weather. If you were ever in need of a bit of sweater weather trivia here are a few nuggets for your bucket in my sweater of choice for this week.

The Aran sweater is named as such as the homeland of its creation. The set of islands off Ireland’s West Coast was a perfect place to create a sweater fit for fishermen. These sweaters were originally handmade from Marino wool and constructed of cables and bobbles. Their warmth and durability make them an ideal investment piece, not only something you can have for the chilly seasons of the future but even something you can potentially pass down. Most famous for its detailed knit patterns, it cannot be ignored for hitting both nails on the head for fashion and function.

As the song goes, with a little bit of luck we can make it through the night, well that can be said for a type of Aran stitch, the cable knit “luck” can get you through a particularly frosty winter. With the cable, diamond and trellis stitches being so “traditional” it is more commonly found in second-hand or vintage resellers. Not to mention pre-loved retailers alike. Whatever the stitch you like, whether it be “wealth” (no pun intended), family, or love – there is an Aran sweater out there with your name on it.


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