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Irish Asymmetrical Cardigan

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In a contemporary twist on traditional Irish Aran knitting, our natural ivory cardigan has an asymmetrical wrap style with a single button that creates a cowl-like neck. The textured wool sweaters of the Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture. The patchwork of different stitches speaks to the ingenuity of generations of knitters.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool with resin button. Women’s sizes S (4–6), M (8–10), L (12–14), XL (16–18), XXL (20).


Hand-wash or dry clean.

Since they first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, the textured wool sweaters of the Aran Islands have become “as tenacious an international symbol of Ireland as the harp and Shamrock,” writes historian Dierdre McQuillan. Women on these small, craggy islands in the mouth of Galway Bay had always made clothing by hand, but it wasn’t until the home crafts movement at the end of the 19th century that this practical skill blossomed into an iconic design known around the world. Then as now, the sale of handcrafts was encouraged as a way to continue local traditions and bring extra income into poor farming and fishing communities. Knitters from Donegal, the Channel Islands, and even emigrants returning from America traded techniques, and sweater patterns became more complicated as local women worked together to master new stitches.


National Geographic first commented on the sweaters in a 1931 article, referring to “the blue jersey of the fisherman.” Eventually white became the most popular color for Aran sweaters, and many children on the islands wore a design made just for them for their first holy communion. Early efforts at exporting sweaters through nearby Galway were a challenge until the craftswomen got the hang of standardized sizes rather than knitting for the way their family members were built.


Today, from tourist shops to fashion shows, one can find sweaters based on stitches that were invented by grandmothers and great-grandmothers only a couple of generations ago: cables, diamonds, blackberry stitch, crooked road, half-eights, bird’s eye, honeycomb, and many more. As they say on the islands, Go máire tú is go gcaithe thé—May you live and wear it well.


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4.6

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        Beautiful knitting work

        This is a very beautifully knitted and warm cardigan. The knitting patterns are stunning. The yarn is merino wool, so it's not itchy and very comfortable to wear. The only down side is...Read complete review

        This is a very beautifully knitted and warm cardigan. The knitting patterns are stunning. The yarn is merino wool, so it's not itchy and very comfortable to wear. The only down side is the sleeves are a bit shorter than American standard. Luckily my size is in the borderline between petite and regular, so I still can wear this cardigan. This cardigan would be perfect, if the sleeve length is 1" longer. For this reason, I rate this cardigan 4 starts, instead of 5.

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        Lovely Irish Sweater, very warm wool!

        I loved the color and texture of the wool and the design of the sweater, but the sleeves were very short. I hope this sweater fits other people better, since it is a...Read complete review

        I loved the color and texture of the wool and the design of the sweater, but the sleeves were very short. I hope this sweater fits other people better, since it is a lovely sweater!

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        5.0

        wonderful sweater and a great sale price

        By granny

        from Chelsea, MI

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        Pros

        • Exact Size Fit

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          Best Uses

          • Warmth And Beauty

          My Irish sweater is just beautiful and warm and fits perfectly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Beautiful Sweater

          By Colleen the shopper

          from Vernon BC Canada

          Beautiful sweater, I shall wears it for years

           
          5.0

          It's Lovely

          By Tootie

          from Wilmington, NC

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                I wear the product when I go out. This Irish handmade sweater is just so beautiful and the color is a perfect blue for me.

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                5.0

                Warm and Stylish

                By CJ

                from Boston,MA

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                Pros

                • Lots of complements
                • very warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • As A Cardigan Over A Blou
                  • As a light jacket

                  Wear the off white with many different colors blouses, pants, skirts. Goes with everything

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gorgeous sweater

                  By foxglove

                  from Bend, OR

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                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Handwork Warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      This beautiful cobalt blue sweater is nicer than expected. Beautiful handwork, quality and true to size. Stylish and functional. Can't say enough positive about it! Thank you so much, it's just what I was looking for!

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                      • No

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I love this sweater!

                      By constance the artist

                      from Delmar, Maryland

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                      Pros

                      • BEAUTIFUL
                      • Can Be Worn Like A Jacket
                      • Great for travel
                      • soft not scratchy
                      • Superior Quality
                      • Warm

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Versatile For Travel

                        Wonderful quality and superbly made with care and excellent craftsmanship

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Better than expected!!!

                        By Cheri

                        from Northwest, NJ

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                        This sweater is so warm, it can be worn in the winter!

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        lovely sweater

                        By Liz

                        from Wildwood, MO

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                        Pros

                        • Beautiful Stitchwork

                        Cons

                        • Body 2 Inches Short

                        Best Uses

                          If the sweater was the legnth indicated, I would have given it a 4.

                          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very Happy!

                          By country girl

                          from Ontario, Canada

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                          Love this sweater and will be ordering another in the blue, not scratchy at all could be worn with just a tank top or tshirt underneath. I bought xxl and had no problems with the size (i'M 5'6'' and weigh 250lb and wear size 20).

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Beautiful sweater

                          By Mature Gal

                          from Banning, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Beautiful color blue
                          • Heavy
                          • Unusual Lines
                          • Warm

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Casual
                            • Travel
                            • Work

                            This is a very well made sweater. I love the novelty of the style. It is heavy and warm. Great for layering.

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