Special Offer: Spend over $100 and get the Best of National Geographic v.5 for $10!  
  1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
View Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan image
Zoom

Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan

Price: $159.00 Sale Price:   $109.95

Item#:2001411

Please select a color

Color:  

Please select a size

Size: S M L XL XXL Size Chart Please select a size

This item is out of stock.




Add to Favorites

You May Also Like

Stay cozy indoors or out with this thigh-length Aran knit sweater. These iconic symbols of Ireland's northern Aran Islands are well known for their intricate stitches and symbolism. In this flattering cardigan, the honeycomb stitch symbolizes the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life. The cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the islands. Knit from 100% merino wool, with a button front.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool. Women’s sizes S (4-6; 25 1/2" long), M (8-10; 26 1/2" long), L (12-14; 28 1/2" long), XL (16-18; 29" long), XXL (20; 29 1/2" long).


Hand-wash or dry clean.


The thick-knit, cream-colored sweater that we often associate with fishermen has its origins on the Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay in western Ireland. Enterprising women on the islands began knitting the sweaters in the early 1900s, using untreated, lanolin-rich wool. The goal was not only to provide a heavy and water-resistant garment to keep their families warm in Galway Bay's rough weather, but also to supplement the island's fishing economy by making a craft that could be sold year-round and utilized traditional skills and patterns. Journalist and Irish culture activist Pádraig Augustine Ó Síocháin helped make the Aran sweaters especially popular in the mid-20th century by organizing the export of hand-knit sweaters to other countries.


There is a myth that families each have their own patters of stitches, and that a drowned fisherman could be recognized by the designs on his sweater, much like a Scottish clan tartan. While it's true that certain stitches have come to take on symbolic meanings, the diversity of patterns is more accurately attributed to the creative group of artisans who started making the sweaters. Always eager to show off new ideas, creative knitters developed new patterns and taught them to their friends, who added their own twists and passed the pattern along again.


Today, folks on the islands and visitors from around the world often choose sweaters based on the symbolism that the different intricate stitches have taken on. Just some of the patterns found include:

  • Cable stitches represent fishing ropes and therefore the tools of a hard worker and safety on the water.
  • Braided cable stitches evoke the strength of close family ties.
  • Moss stitches represent abundance in nature.
  • Diamond stitches mimic the shape of fishing nets mesh, the key to success on the Arans.
  • Basket stitch represents a plentiful catch.
  • Honeycomb stitches represent the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life.
  • Trinity stitches are traditional Celtic motifs and signify cultural pride.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan
 
3.0

(based on 1 review)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Reviewed by 1 customer

Displaying review 1

Back to top

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

beautiful sweater

By 1 of 2

from sb, ca

About Me Classic Dresser

Pros

  • Great Color
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Fit
  • Thin Fabric

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Wear To Work

Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

The knitting is lovely, more on the loose side and will probably stretch, so I returned it for a smaller size as it is rather large in sizing. The green is a gorgeous deep forest color.

  • Chest Size:
  • Feels too big
  • Length:
  • Feels true to length
  • Sleeve Length:
  • Feels true to length
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Displaying review 1

Back to top

Other Products Related to Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan

Women's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
Women's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
(Based on 11 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

For hundreds of years, women in the rural villages of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit natural wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. Although the myth that you can identify island families by the stiches in their sweater—like a Scottish tartan—isn't true, every knitter does have her own special patterns, passed down through generations of mothers and grandmothers. At weekly gatherings, they continually invented intricate new stitches.


Available colors: Black, Natural, Red
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00
Women's Merino Wool Irish Cardigan
Women's Merino Wool Irish Cardigan
(Based on 27 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
This cozy merino wool sweater is a virtual sampler of Irish Aran knitting patterns. Each pattern symbolizes an aspect of local fishing culture: Celtic rope for Irish pride; fisherman's cable for safety on the waters; basket stitch for a plentiful catch; and diamond, the shape of a fishing net, for success. The warm wool is renowned for its extremely soft hand, providing warmth and comfort without the itch of lower-quality fibers.
Available colors: Black, Oatmeal, Red
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$155.00
Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket
Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

For more than a century, knitters on Ireland's rugged Aran islands have been developing the intricate stitches for which their sweaters are known. This belted cardigan mixes today's style with time-honored handcrafted technique in a cable and trellis pattern.


Available colors: Grey, Natural, Red
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$165.00
Irish Aran Pocket Scarf
Irish Aran Pocket Scarf
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Scarves and Shawls

With a cable stitch adapted from classic Aran Islands knits, and deep hand-warmer pockets at each end, our rich red merino wool scarf is the perfect accessory for cool-weather sightseeing.


$69.00
$12.99
Men's Traditional Irish Aran Sweater
Men's Traditional Irish Aran Sweater
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
For hundreds of years, women in the rural villages of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit natural wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. At weekly gatherings, they examined each other's work and continually invented intricate new stitches. Each of the stitches in this generously sized, traditional Aran sweater represents a facet of fishing culture: the honeycomb stitch for hard work, the cable stitch for safety on the waters, and the basket weave as a wish for a plentiful catch. 100% merino wool. Made in Ireland.
Available colors: Natural
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$139.00
Men's New Zealand Base Layer Wool Long-Sleeved Crew
Men's New Zealand Base Layer Wool Long-Sleeved Crew
(Got it? Rate it.)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Shirts

This lightweight base layer features 150 gram-per-square-meter Merino wool with raglan sleeves, wide cuffs, flatlock seams, and no tag for the ultimate smooth, form-fitting, warm layer next to your skin.


Available colors: Black, Blue
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$80.00
$44.99
Traditional Irish Aran Throw
Traditional Irish Aran Throw
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Home Décor/Home Accents

Aran knitting is well known for its wealth of intricate stitches and symbolism. In this cozy, cream-colored wool throw, the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands. Knit from 100% merino wool.


$129.00
Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
Traditional Irish Aran Pillow
(Got it? Rate it.)
Category: Home & Garden/Home Décor/Pillows & Throws

Few things are more evocative of Ireland than the intricate knitting of the Aran Islands. Traditionally, the sweaters of the Aran fisherman were made by their mothers, sisters, and daughters—each sweater providing vital warmth and a tie to home and family. Bring the cozy feel of Aran knitting home with this soft, 100% merino wool pillow. The patchwork pattern incorporates three distinct Aran stiches: the diamond stitch represents prosperity, the honeycomb stitch represents the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands.


Available colors: Gray, Natural, Red
$89.00
Merino Wool Travel Compression Socks
Merino Wool Travel Compression Socks
(Got it? Rate it.)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Socks and Gloves

Gentle compression of the ankle and calf can help reduce swelling when you fly, and offers support during long days of sightseeing. But many travel socks apply pressure equally from toe to cuff, which can feel restricting. Our merino wool travel socks feature gradual compression that starts at the ankle, plus they look like dress socks so you don’t have to sacrifice style for travel comfort.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$39.95
Merino Wool Striped Shawl
Merino Wool Striped Shawl
(Got it? Rate it.)
Category: Clothing/Accessories/Scarves and Shawls

New Zealand produces some of the world’s highest quality merino wool, and India has some of the world’s best weavers. This lightweight merino shawl, with muted stripes of mint green, grape purple, and pool blue, combines the best of both material and technique.


$88.00
Irish Wool Military Cardigan
Irish Wool Military Cardigan
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
This hearty forest green cardigan takes its inspiration from military-style Irish sweaters, often worn by volunteers who fought with the British in WWII. Although Ireland was neutral and relations with Britain were strained, thousands of men and women chose to join the Allied cause as members of the British Royal Army and Merchant Navy, or by working in British factories. Our contemporary version uses rich leather to enhance frequent wear points, ensuring years of rugged outdoor wear. Leather shoulders help keep expedition gear and luggage straps from slipping off. Front slash pockets add functionality and make this sweater an alternative to a jacket on milder winter days. Pure Irish wool, knit in Ireland.
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$199.00
$59.99
Danube Merino Wool Cardigan
Danube Merino Wool Cardigan
(Based on 1 review)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

The eclectic patterns of our luxuriously soft merino cardigan are adapted from Serbian kilims, the flat tapestry-woven carpets for which regions like Pirot are famous. Made in Serbia by artisans in the town of Blace and the capital of Belgrade 150 miles north on the banks of the scenic Danube River.


Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
$229.00