Top 10 Free Aran Knitting Patterns for Women: Jumpers
Last week, we collected our favourite free aran jumper patterns for men. These gorgeous cabled creations are normally associated with rugged fishermen of course, but nowadays there are plenty of more feminine aran knitting patterns available too!
The really simple one
(Photo from the wonderful Chronicles of The Lazy Knitter)
This beautifully pared-down version harks back to the Gansey sweater, ancestor of the better-known Aran fisherman’s jumpers. Gansey sweaters were knit in finer wool (like this DK sweater) and usually had the texture pattern in the top part of the jumper only. For your first cabled project the Lion Brand Shaped Cable Top is an excellent choice, rather than the more intricate traditional Aran designs. Knit it in Lion Brand Martha Extra Soft Wool Blend (shade Blue Corn shown here) for a beautiful soft, warm pure Merino wool jumper.
The totally traditional ones
This Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool Aran Sweater features one of the most beautiful cable motifs: the ‘Celtic knot’. Every inch of the jumper is covered in cable designs, with cable plaits and ropes also featuring. Oh, and the pattern includes a matching tam o’shanter hat too!
The equally wonderful vintage Women’s Irish Pullover from the Yarn Lovers’ Room features moss-stitch-filled diamond cables in the central pattern, with honeycomb cables elsewhere.
Knit both of these pullovers in any traditional pure wool aran-weight yarn, such as Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool in Oatmeal, shown here.
The cardigan version
This beautiful Berroco Aidez Cable Cardigan again features diamond cables on the back, and a really unusual horseshoe-cable design on the sleeves and front.
This cardigan is written for a super-chunky weight yarn: why not treat yourself to some serious luxury and knit it in Berroco Peruvia Quick? Shade Oats (9104) shown here.
A modern take
A modern minimalist approach is taken with this sophisticated DK cowl neck sweater. Simple horseshoe cables run up to a warm cowl neck. Knit it in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK (shade shown here) for a beautiful, luxuriously soft, warm jumper. A seriously classy Christmas sweater!
Twisted chains and Viking designs
This Cascade Cable-Lover’s Sweater uses cables a little different from the Celtic knots we’re used to in Aran sweaters – they’re almost reminiscent of Viking art. And Cascade Ecologial Wool is 100% undyed Natural Peruvian Wool, which makes for a richly cabled finished product.
For something a little more medieval-looking, how about this amazing Lion Brand Cable Maxi Dress? With a flared fit and sleeves, and a beautiful cabled yoke, this one is sure to turn heads. If you’re not quite ready to make such a dramatic entrance, the pattern can be knitted as a jumper too! Again, any standard aran weight can be used: for such a big project, you might want an affordable yarn, like Lion Brand Wool Ease (shade Natural Heather shown here) or find a similar one among many other Lion Brand yarns.
Last updated: October 12th, 2017.