Aran 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.

JuneNeck Section

You can decide what you want your neck section to be; either following the pattern or doing other stitch patterns. It’s all up to you. Do you want a short or longer scarf?  The sample is 20″ long.  Just remember to end with a right-side row no matter how long you make it.

JulyDiamond Stitch

The charming pattern of the Diamond Lattice Stitch represents the little farms that were worked intensively by local farmers scattered all over the Aran Islands. It’s believed to be a symbol of prosperity, wealth, and success when in the sea.

AugustTrinity Stitch

The Trinity Stitch is thought to have been named because the pattern is formed by working three stitches from one and one stitch from three signifying the Holy Trinity. In Ireland, the Trinity Stitch is known as the “three into one and one into three” stitch and is used as a filler stitch for Aran Sweaters.

SeptemberZig Zag Stitch

The Zigzag Stitch, sometimes known as Marriage Lines, can be used to represent the typical highs and lows of married life.

This stitch also represents the twisting coastal paths that lead to the sea.

OctoberHoneycomb Stitch

The Honeycomb Stitch symbolizes the hard work of honey bees and their sweet rewards. It also signifies the concept of plenty, which for fisherman, must mean a bountiful catch.

NovemberLadder Stitch

The Ladder Stitch represents the different stages in life. It is also thought to symbolize the path of a pilgrim and to mean good health.

DecemberBind Off

Try one of these looser bind-offs to get a stretchier edge that lies flat and looks nicer.