The Kick-About #20 〰️ The Ashley Book Of Knots

〰️ Design 1 〰️

I had many options with this kick about as Ireland’s heritage is teaming with Celtic knot and rope references in art jewellery and clothes. I decided to do a mash up of different perspectives, one inspired by the Aran weather, Aran given its name comes from the picturesque Aran islands off Galway Bay was a sweater knitted for the fishermen that relied on the livestock around the Atlantic Ocean. The Jumpers were made from the sheep that populated the fields in the islands and retain their natural oils meaning they are water repellent – Ideal for Irish weather! and because the sweater is water repellent it meant that the fishermen wouldn’t feel the chill from getting wet while out fishing.

〰️ Design 2 〰️
〰️ Design 3 〰️

The stitches in an Aran sweater are used to signify different important factors such as the diamond stitch representing the fields in the Aran Islands and wishes health and success while the cable stitch represents the Fishermans ropes and are a promise of safety and good luck while out fishing. The combination of different stitches are divided into different clans for each family name of kinship in Ireland. Around the borders of my designs is the diamond stitch which is central to the specific Daly clan Aran sweater, with the overall theme of these designs trying to reflect Ancient Celtic Artwork including the triple spiral or Triskele where the Irish believes everything happens in 3’s and can symbolise the mental physical and spiritual self or birth death and rebirth. You can read more about the history of the Irish Aran Jumper here as well as the symbolism of Knots in Irish Celtic Art here

〰️ Ó’Dálaigh/Daly Clan Symbol 〰️
〰️Daly Clan Stitch and Aran Jumper 〰️

4 thoughts on “The Kick-About #20 〰️ The Ashley Book Of Knots

  1. I love the colors in your Celtic knots. Long ago when I was a hand knitter I made an Aran sweater–very satisfying, although it took me months. I was young and skinny then, so it hasn’t fit in a long time. I wonder if I still have it packed away in storage? (K)

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      1. A lot of my friends have picked up the knitting needles because of Covid, they really appreciate the calming nature of knitting and having something nice to show for it at the end is a big bonus!

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