Marie Wallin's Aran Collection: Meet the Designs!

We are proud to be carrying Marie Wallin's British Breeds Aran yarn along with her enticing new book of 12 exciting designs, all using her brand new worsted weight yarn!

We're diving into the designs within the book in this blog post. Let's read on for the description in Marie's words about each of her 12 pieces in her new book Aran, and where her inspiration comes from for the names as well.

Use this blog post to learn more about each design. We've also listed the yarn requirements for the single-color designs. Choose the color of British Breeds Aran that speaks to you, and pair it with one of the cabled designs so you can shop yarn and the book at the same time!

Please note: In addition to offering the yarn by the ball now, all the colorwork designs from Aran will be available in kits starting on April 26th. Until the kits become available, you can get your book and individual skeins. Get to know this beautiful yarn and browse the colorwork designs below so you know what kits you'll come back for on April 26th!

Single-Color Designs - yarn available as of April 12th


"Amble is a lovely traditional ‘aran’ sweater, knitted flat in pieces. It is an easy fit in style with flattering saddle shoulder detail and fitted sleeves.

Amble is named after the small town on the Northumberland coast and is famous for the harbour with its amazing views of the River Coquet estuary and Coquet Island."

Yarn and Sizes for Amble:




"Bamburgh is a beautiful, contemporary, cabled cardigan or jacket which is knitted flat in pieces. There are three different cable designs used in the creation of Bamburgh. Each front is a separate cable design with the back knitted in a third cable design. The sleeves have the same cable designs as the fronts but are placed in opposition. The garment shape is oversized and easy to wear.

Bamburgh is named after the pretty village on the Northumberland coast, famous for it’s imposing castle and beautiful, pristine beach."

Yarn and Sizes for Bamburgh:



"Craster is a beautiful twisted stitch and lace worked design with tiny bobbling details. This is a wide, oversized design; easy to wear and is knitted flat in pieces.

Craster is named after the wonderful, small fishing village on the Northumberland coast. It is famous for it’s lovely harbour and is home to the renowned Craster Kipper Smoke House!"

Yarn and Sizes for Craster:



Colorwork Designs - Kits coming April 26th!

"Alnwick is a fitted, open style cardigan, which can also be fastened with a lovely pin or brooch. It is knitted flat in pieces, but could be knitted in the round with the addition of steek stitches where the side seams would be, at the centre front and armholes.

Alnwick is named after the historic market town on the Northumberland coast, famed for its many winding, cobbled streets and the iconic Alnwick Castle. The castle is famous due to its appearance in Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey!"



"Berwick is a wonderful, cosy and easy to wear cardigan or jacket, which is knitted in the round with steeked armholes and a steeked centre front. The body is a twisted stitch geometric design, accentuated with an ornamental Fairisle border.

Berwick is named after the historic town of Berwick-upon- Tweed on the border between Northumberland and Scotland. It is the most northernly town in England and is renowned for its Elizabethan walls, bridges and wild beaches."


"Budle is a pretty slipover or tank top design which is fitted and knitted in the round up until the armhole shaping.

Budle is named after a very small coastal village in the north of Northumberland, famous for it’s wide mud flat estuary. This beautiful area is an important habitat for many coastal wading birds."



"Farne is a stunning, all over Fairisle design which is completely knitted in the round. It is semi-fitted in style and looks great when worn with either trousers or a tweed skirt!

Farne is named after the important and historic Farne islands, a group of between 15 and 20 islands off the coast of Northumberland. Famous as an internationally important wildlife habitat, the islands are home to many breeding seabirds and colonies of Grey Seals."



"Seahouses Cardigan is a fabulous, Fairisle yoke cardigan, which is knitted in the round and steeked. It is semi fitted in style and looks great when worn over a dress.

Seahouses Cardigan is named after the large village on the Northumberland coast. It has a long fishing history and is now the hub for travel to the Farne Islands nature reserve."



"Seahouses Sweater is a stunning Fairisle yoke design, knitted in the round. It is the sister to the cardigan version. Both designs use the same Fairisle patterning but in different colourways. Like the cardigan version, it is semi fitted and easy to wear.

Seahouses Sweater is named after the large village on the Northumberland coast. It has a long fishing history and is now the hub for travel to the Farne Islands nature reserve."



"Seaton is a gorgeous contemporary Fairisle design which is knitted in the round with steeked armholes. This design is cropped and oversized to create a modern, easy to wear style.

Seaton is named after the area in Northumberland which encompasses the coastal village of Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval, which is home to the magnificant 17th century Seaton Delaval Hall."



"Embleton Scarf is a lovely accessory design which is knitted flat. The simple, graphic Fairisle design helps to create an easy to wear scarf with a modern look.

Embleton is named after the wonderful beach on the Northumberland coast, which stretches mile after mile. To make it even more special, it has the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh castle as it’s backdrop!"



"Howick Tam is a traditional Fairisle beanie or tam. Knitted in the round, this cute and cosy design will help keep you warm in the cold winter months!

Howick Tam is named after the small inland village in Northumberland, just a short distance from Craster on the coast. It is home to the historic Howick Hall, which was home to Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and whom the famous tea is named after!"


To see even more about these designs, watch our Shopcast interview with Marie Wallin where she talks about each piece!

Happy Planning and Knitting!

We are in love with Marie's new collection of knittable worsted weight designs.  These will knit faster and make you feel like a master knitter at the same time - because these designs look so good!  We hope we've offered you all the info you need to get started on your own perfect Marie Wallin Aran project.  Enjoy the process of swatching and reading about the collection in her gorgeous book now, cast on your single-color project, or hold on just a bit longer for easy-to-order kits of all the colorwork designs.  What will you be casting on? 


  • Angela

    Are you going to do a kit for Bamburgh. I love it

  • Caitlin

    Joanna, we will offer kits for the 9 colorwork designs on April 26th! Each will come with a PDF download for that individual pattern.

    Susan, Big Love could be great in Aran!

  • Joanne McLaughlin

    Amwilm you be doing any kits from the new Marie Wallin book. I’m only interested in 2 of the patterns so it does not mKe sense to buy the book. I’m particularly interested in seahouse


  • Susan

    Thanks for this wee look at Marie Wallin’s new book and designs. I am interested in the new aran weight yarn but need a very simple open cardigan – maybe the Big Love. What do you think?

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