Aran knitwear is synonymous with Ireland and today we're celebrating the Irish tradition of cable pattern knitting with a beautiful woolen hat for her.
The skilled craft of knitting by hand has deep roots in Ireland, especially in the rural countryside along the western seaboard. Hand knit sweaters, cardigans, shawls, hats, caps, and stockings were commonly worn by Irish people in centuries past.
The cable knit sweaters that originated in the Aran Islands, off the coast of County Galway are famous the world over.
In years gone by they were made using a thick oiled wool, and designed with closely knit knotted and cable patterns. Their purpose was to help keep fishermen warm and dry. Each family from the islands could be identified by the pattern and design on their Aran sweater.
This gift is once again brought to you by Aidan from Gifts of Ireland. He works closely with Erin Knitwear to bring you beautiful hand knit fashions for men and women..
And so, let's take a look at this lovely hat.
(A quick tip from Mom - Take a look at the video at the top or side of this post to see the prize in more detail plus you'll hear a lovely Irish Christmas blessing at the end.)
Day 7 Prize: Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Pendant
The intricate designs of this Aran Cable knit create a stylish, cozy and warm peaked cap. It is lined with a polyester fleece for extra protection from the cold.
These hats are made so that one size fits all (this applies for a fit between 55 cm and 61 cm head circumference.)
These hats are made with 100% wool, and are perfect for cold winter days and evenings.
Erin Knitwear is based in Ballincollig in County Cork, and they have been hand crafting Aran knitwear since 1965.
Their products are all hand knit, and they produce a wide variety of hats, caps, gloves, handwarners, scarves and purses or bags.
They use vibrant and muted colors in their many designs.
Check Out Our Video Prize Reveal
At the top of this post I've shared another short video featuring this lovely hat. Aidan and I have a conversation all about knitting.
You'll get a much better appreciation for the intricate cablework featured on this hat by watching the video..
Plus I share another Irish Christmas blessing at the end of the video. We have a new blessing for each day.
If you would like to print this blessing simply click this image and it will take you to a post where you'll find a free printable in different sizes.
How To Purchase From Gifts of Ireland
Aidan stocks a wide selection of gifts from Erin Knitwear.
You can purchase this beautiful pendant through this link...
Take a look! There are some great sale prices in Aidan's shop right now.
And don't forget to purchase early if your gifts need to be mailed from Ireland.
How To Enter Our Giveaway
One reader will win an Erin Knitwear Aran Cableknit Peaked Women's.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday December 7th, 2021.
You can write any comment. If you need inspiration why not let us know if you own any piece of Irish jewelry.
If you live in Canada or Ireland, then please answer the following question in your comment by typing A, B or C for the correct answer ...
Aran Knitwear originated on the Aran Islands off the coast of which Irish county?
A. County Wicklow
B. County Carlow
C. County Galway
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner Wordpress plug-in.
Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our winner for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday December 7th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries here.
A bit thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends. Why not spread a little Irish Christmas cheer with those you love this year?
Any many thanks to the good folks at Gifts of Ireland for so generously sponsoring this prize, and all the prizes in our 12 Days of Christmas Irish Gift Giveaways.
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for Day 8 of our Irish giveaways. And don't forget to enter our Day 6 giveaway for a lovely Sterling Silver Celtic Cross pendant.
I'll add the links to all our giveaways as we progress through our 12 days.
- May The Road Rise To Meet You Irish Blessing Plate Day Twelve Gift
- Irish Tweed Cap Day Eleven Prize
- Health, Love and Happiness Ogham Wishes Day Ten Gift
- Love, Loyalty and Friendship Irish Wall Art Day 9 Gift
- Celtic Pocket Watch By Mullingar Pewter Day 8 Gift
- Erin Knitwear Hat For Her Day Seven Gift
- Celtic Cross Silver Pendant Day Six Gift
- Donegal Tweed Scarf Day Five Christmas Gift
- Ireland Photo Frame Day Four Christmas Giveaway Prize
- Quiet Man Cottage - Day Three Prize For Christmas
- Day Two Of Our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways
- Day One Of Our Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaways
Update - Winner Chosen
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of her prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
Disclosure: Irish American Mom LLC has an affiliate relationship with Gifts of Ireland which means I earn a small commission should you purchase an item through the links on my blog. The price you pay is not affected. Thank you for supporting this Irish business.