History by Lynne: Donegals, more famously known as Donegal Tweeds, come from eponymous
area Donegal, located on the northwest coast of Ireland. The knit was supposedly influenced by the natural landscape of the area’s, valleys and hills which are colored by the change of seasons. Purples, pinks and blue heathers flecked the summer, turning to burnt colors in autumn, then festive berry and holly colors in the winter.
The actual yarn itself is usually a solid or heathered yarn with flecks of up to six different colors. The skill and craft it takes to actually produce this yarn can take up to two months! As a sweater designer, a good donegal is hard to find as the traditional techniques are not as commonly available as they used to be. I’m happy to see that they are coming back into trend, so perhaps it means that there will be more resources out there sooner than later!
Buy: APC Donegal Sweater at LaGarconne.com
I Love this APC sweater because not only is it challenging to find a modern Donegal tweed sweater, knit tweeds are traditionally considered masculine, so usually you can only find them in crewnecks or pullovers as that is the traditional way men wear them. This one is special because it’s a cardigan! This version can be worn wrapped with a belt or just open. It’s a great throw on and I already envision myself in front of a fire upstate wearing this the entire weekend.