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Published on February 21st, 2018 | by Serena


Top 5 free Aran sweater knitting patterns for women

Both classic and charming, cozy and warm, the Aran fisherman sweater is a contemporary wardrobe staple that is nothing short of iconic. Perfect for weekends away and bringing style to any outfit, expect to find mesmerising Celtic knots, thick winding cables and twirling twists. We’ve gathered some of our favorite FREE Aran jumper patterns for women so you can craft your very own

Bailey Aran

This gorgeous free pattern from Artesano is both cozy and stylish, perfect for wrapping up with on winter walks and rambles in the great outdoors.

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Inishturk Sweater and Tam

This Inishturk Sweater and Tam 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.

The Alexi Cardigan

The Alexi Cardigan by Berroco is the epitome of timeless chic. Merging the ruddy charm of the fisherman Aran and vintage elegance for an instant classic.

Click here for our Top 5 Free Aran Jumper Knitting Patterns for Men.

Cable Panelled Sweater

This fabulous Cable Panelled Sweater from Debbie Bliss is shapely and versatile.

Cropped Clare Aran 

For a modern twist to the classic Aran why not opt for this elegant and statement Clare sleeveless sweater by Artesano? Cropped

If you’re about to embark on your very own Aran sweater we’d recommend the beautifully blended Debbie Bliss Cashmerino AranRowan Pure Wool Worsted or luxurious Cascade Venezia Worsted that each come in their own beautiful color palette.

Keep your eyes peeled for Phildar Partner 6MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran and Yarn Collective Pembroke Worsted, which work brilliantly with fisherman jumpers!

What’s your favorite Aran sweater design? Why not share with us in the comments below! 

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About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.

Last updated: April 30th, 2018.

33 Responses to Top 5 free Aran sweater knitting patterns for women

  1. Valerie atkins says:

    A Rowan knitter

  2. Sharon Webb says:

    I absolutely adore Aran jumpers, and used to wear them all the time. My favourite pattern is the Cable Tunic, it looks so stylish…..x

  3. suewilliams says:

    im still doing aran cardigans for a lot of people that I know and I absoulutly lov all types of arann

  4. Marcia Levy says:

    I love Aran knitting. Knitting an edge to edge aran cable coat by Catherine Earnshaw. Fab pattern. I still have and wear my first aran coat which I knitted about 40 years ago as something to do with my hands when I gave up smoking!!!!

  5. Absolutely beautiful patterns especially the smocks/tunics at the end of the list. Would love pattern for them.

  6. Joan Ramage says:

    I would love to knit the lion brand cable maxi dress but as sweater, I love the red heart shimmer yarn ,could you please tell me how many balls of this yarn I would need to knit the sweater

    • Carly says:

      Hi Joan, I am so glad you received an answer to your question from our Smiles Team and have started knitting your sweater. Best of luck with the project!

  7. stitcher75 says:

    I’ve had that Lion Brand dress in my queue since before I learned to knit! I’ve read that it’s too warm for most U.S. locations, but the recent introduction of cotton-wool and bamboo-wool blends may make it wearable even for those of us who sweat away the winter months.

  8. berit says:

    Hi i can’t don’t download the wide neck sweater:-( can you help me please
    Xxx Berit

    • Faith says:

      Hi Berit – apologies for the broken link. It is now fixed and you are able to download by clicking the link or picture. Happy knitting!
      All the best,

  9. Carole says:

    Is there any way to get the pattern for the beautiful almost off the shoulder super chunky jumper by Erika knight. I have tried the link but it is not available.
    Thank You Carole

  10. rowena says:

    I would love the Erika Knight pattern too – but can’t get the link to work. thank you Rowena

  11. Sylvia Wainwright says:

    Do you have a pattern for an Aran Poncho please?

  12. Doreena Randler says:

    Thanks for the good ideas. Being an Aran beginner I find it rather complicated to cope with all these patterns, however I do my very best. Thanks again!

  13. Trish Hewitt says:

    hi really interested in knitting the yarnspriations sweater just one question in the picture half way up the jumper after the diamond pattern it looks like the cable on the righthand side is not correct as it is not mirroring the cable on the opposite side it looks like it should be going under rather than over so just wondered whether this is correct??

  14. Rochelle says:

    Hi. I would like to knit the Aidez cardigan in Rowan pure wool aran but am battling with how to adapt from chunky for this weight wool. Please help! Need size 36/38″ pattern for Rowan Pure Wool Aran.

  15. Brenda Dillman says:

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern, I love it.

  16. Bridget says:

    I knitted Aran garments for my children in Ireland about forty years ago and I’m now looking for suitable patterns for my grandchildren in Australia. Even with lighter ‘wool’ I’m eager to do the Aran stitches, I’ve always loved them but haven’t knitted much in recent years. Time to start, I believe! The garments here are inspirational, thank you!

  17. marilynjoshi says:

    I am looking for a mans Fisherman knit pullover in the
    true fisherman knit pattern. I had a book years ago, made
    more than a dozen of them, and just recently cannot find that
    booklet. It was not a hardback book … just a 9.5 x 11 with
    maybe 15-20 pages. It was fabulous.

  18. Joan de Kock says:

    This is MOST beautiful!!! Thank you!!

  19. Ally says:

    Hi I have found a cable sweater you can buy online but I really would like to knit it myself. Is there any people or sites that can make a able knitting pattern from a picture please?

  20. Deborah says:

    Did you actually try the Bailey pattern (Artesano, Nick Atkinson) I bought the yarn and was excited to make it. I’m an experienced knitter. I can’t get past row 13. After several trials I contacted the help at Someone found a correction posted in Ravelry, but I still can’t figure it out. I know this is lame, but can you try it out? I love the style and want to make it for my daughter.

  21. Doris says:

    Hi Serena,

    would you please be so kind and include the links to the red and the blue sweater in the picture at the very top of this article? I’m aware they might not be free but thet look really great! Thnak you!

    • Jacky Woodwards says:

      Great patterns, but like Doris the one I really,really want is the blue off the shoulder style pictured at the top of the article. Can you tell us who publishes it?

  22. pat baker says:

    I cant download the first two jumpers the red and the off the shoulder blue one i have tried to click on the picture but nothing happens

  23. Jazmin Rabey says:

    Keep up the great work guyz.

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