Learn Along

the rock of cashel, Ireland, with white fluffy sheep in the foreground, and an insert photo of knitting stitches above the sheep
Aran knitting Learn Along

Aran Knitting Learn Along 2022

For 2022, the Salem Millstream Knitting Guild (SMKG) is doing a year-long Learn Along of Aran knitting stitches, in the form of a sampler scarf.

The scarf has a bottom border of seed stitch, and the two side borders consist of six stitches each worked in the Hatch Stitch pattern. Six rows of garter stitch are worked in between each Aran stitch section.

Supplies to bring to the monthly Guild meetings:

  • Yarn – Aran weight (a light color makes it easier to see the stitch patterns)
  • Knitting needles, the appropriate size for the yarn (generally a size U.S. 6)
  • Cable needle

Background and setup information:

If you have questions, please contact Su Fennern.

JanuaryBasket Stitch

The Basket Stitch is thought to represent the fisherman’s basket and the hope of abundant catches.

FebruaryTree of Life

The Tree of Life stitch is frequently used as a motif of rites of passage, and of the importance of family. It is sometimes given a religious significance, symbolizing a pilgrim’s path to salvation. This stitch is also known as the Trinity stitch.


The Blackberry stitch is similar in appearance to the wild berries that grow abundantly in the thicket of Aran Island. The Blackberry stitch serves as a reminder of the rich bounty that can be found in nature.


The plain cable stitch, which is the most common type of stitch for Aran sweaters, is said to represent the fisherman’s ropes and promises safety and good luck while at sea.

MayIrish Moss

The Irish Moss stitch suggests a good harvest. It depicts carrageenan moss, a type of seaweed found on the Irish coast, which is used as a food and as a fertilizer of barren fields