Irish Moss

Irish_moss_finishedPattern: Irish Moss from Aran Knitting by Alice Starmore
Size: medium
Yarn: 17 skeins of Jamieson’s Soft Shetland
Anthracite (1050)


– Pattern calls for 16 skeins while I used 17. Extra skein was from a different dye lot which was used for shoulder panels and ribbing around the neck. Difference is not noticeable.

– Able to achieve tension mentioned in the pattern using size 4.5 mm needles.

–ย  Easier to obtain correct tension sample when sample did not have borders.

– Perfect yarn and pattern for splicing yarn ends so there are no yarn ends to weave into the sides.

I found this interesting Aran website called

20 thoughts on “Irish Moss

  1. OH OH OH OH! That is wonderful!!!!!! Congratulations on your finish and a fine job done, despite the hurdles you had to overcome. I’ve enjoyed watching your progress tremendously. What’s next?


  2. That looks fabulous!
    I really need to get myself to the library and see if they have Aran Knitting. I’ve seen so many great sweaters from it, but don’t have the $200 to buy it from ebay. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (Or, rather, refuse to pay that much for a book…)


  3. It’s absolutely beautiful! What an awesome sweater. I have this on my list to knit after I finish Na Craga. Your beautiful sweater makes me want to start knitting it NOW. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Absolutely gorgeous, and he’s not bad either. No but really the sweater is beautiful. I bet my husband would love that, if only I could justify spending the hundreds needed to purchase the book on ebay. Who knows maybe one day I’ll find the book at one of these used books stores around the St. Louis area, not everyone knows what that book is going for on ebay.


  5. Thanks for all the wonderful comments. It’s definitely on the top of my all-time favorite projects.
    Also, I’m so thankful to have access to a wonderful library otherwise this project wouldn’t have been possible. While Aran Knitting is a wonderful book, I just can’t see spending $200+ for it. I did recently see it in a local used bookstore but they knew what they had, so the price was still very high. I’m just hoping that Interweave /Alice Starmore will reprint the book some day.
    What’s next? the Spin-Off sweater (finally).


  6. It is so lovely. I hope he is wearing it day-in-day-out! I enjoyed your splicing information – I always seem to forget to do that, and it would so work with my current project. I really enjoy hearing about the different yarns for these AK patterns. You did an amazing job!


  7. Bravo! Irish Moss turned out beautifully, and you’re right — the difference in dye lots is not noticeable.
    I’ll have to call it to the KM’s collective attention.
    On the clan Arans. There aren’t any. No clan had it’s own Aran design. Now, that doesn’t mean that some of the Arans they show aren’t well worth knitting and having, but they aren’t specific to any clan. I love Arans, but I don’t follow any of the “mystic” theories about them.


  8. Mary,
    Yeah, I figured that is for us “Irish” Americans, that really don’t know much about our Irish roots.
    For the longest time, every St. Patrick’s day my dad would say we were Irish while taking a sip from his mug that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish”. He sure was amazed to later find out that our family moved to Ireland from Southern France. Perhaps Mullins is derived from Molyens. It’s still not too late to get him a mug that says,”Kiss me, I’m a French/Irish American”.


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