A classic fisherman's sweater is a bulky garment with up to six complex textured cable patterns.
Some of the stitch patterns are said to represent unique symbols with a deep meaning to the wearer.
The honeycomb mimics the hard-working bee.
The cable a wish for safety and good luck in fishing.
The diamond for success, wealth and treasure.
The basket for a plentiful catch.
Traditionally, the sweaters are made of an undyed cream colored bainin, a yarn sometimes made with black sheep wool. Originally made with unwashed wool still containing natural sheep lanolin, which made the garment water-repellent.
Aran Jumpers have come a long way from the sweater of choice for fishermen to a chic favorite of chic women all over the globe.
At the moment I am a chic woman without a fisherman's sweater. That will be changing. My favorite is the Ribbed Polo Neck Sweater with Criss Cross Pattern. It's on it's way from www.aransweatermarket.com