Knit An Aran Sweater Preview: April 8, 2023

We have gone traditional this week with instructions on how to knit an Aran sweater.

Difficulty: Intermediate

How To Knit An Aran Sweater

Photography by Eve Conroy.

An Aran sweater is timeless and this design featuring a Tree of Life pattern is perfect for all.

It comes in six sizes ranging from 86/91 cm (34/36 ins) to 137/142 ins (54/56 ins). Actual size is approx. 21/16 cm (8/6 ins) bigger giving a comfortable, casual fit.

The yarn we have used is King Cole Wool Aran, a pure, superwash wool that is comfortable to wear and easy to care for.

We have used the classic shade of Cream (5040) but there are plenty of other colours to choose from if you prefer something else.

To find out more about the yarn or find your local stockists, visit

We have graded this as an intermediate design. There is little shaping which allows you to concentrate on the stitches creating the pattern but you do need to keep count throughout.

The pattern panel is worked over 11 stitches and 8 rows and is repeated throughout. It is a combination of twists and cables so you will need a cable needle, too.

The sleeves are worked from the top down to the cuffs.

It is a stunning sweater that will last for many years if care for properly. It is also a great way to showcase your knitting skills. A winner all round!

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Cover of The People's Friend April 8 issue with illustration depicting Cullen.

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Find the full instructions for how to knit a colourful sweater in our April 8, 2023 issue of “The People’s Friend”. On sale now! Available online or from most major supermarkets and newsagents. Or subscribe to the magazine to get every issue delivered straight to your door, making sure you never miss an issue. 

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!