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Irish Asymmetrical Cardigan

Price: $149.00 Sale Price:   $62.99

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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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4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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        Very Happy!

        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...Read complete review

        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).

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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

        Love it!

        By Sharon

        from Ontario Canada

        Verified Buyer

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              Pure Moreno wool, with a unique design... Can't wait for fall!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Irish sweaters are a treasure!

              By Travel far, travel often

              from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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              Pros

              • Beautiful design
              • rich blue color
              • Rich Clue Color
              • soft to the touch
              • Thick Tight Weave

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Dress up casual clothes
              • Great with casual pants
              • Great With Pair Of Jeans
              • Great With Skirtsdress
              • Great W Skirts Dresses
              • Walks On A Cold Fall Day
              • WEAR WITH ANYTHING
              • Wear with casual clothes

              I recently returned from a trip to Ireland where I purchased an ivory colored sweater, which I've worn to work and in my personal life. It wears so well, feels so comfortable & soft to the touch, AND I get compliments every time I wear it, that I wanted another Irish sweater. I just purchased a blue asymmetrical Irish cardigan from the National Geographic Store and it's as beautiful as the one I'd seen in Dublin. It hangs beautifully when worn and, once again, when I wear it, people comment on the design, the quality of the sweater.
              ...I may just need to buy a third Irish sweater in the charcoal grey.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This product is now my flavorite!

              By Rowsey

              from Vancouver, British Columbia

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              Pros

              • Amazing Combination Of
              • Exceptional Warm
              • Love All The Stitches
              • So Well Contructed

              Cons

              • Absolutely none

              Best Uses

              • Warmth and comfort

              I love the uniqueness of the stitches in this sweater. Great to wear in cooler weather and pop in my suitcase when I travel. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another in a different color.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not just a cardigan - a work of art!

              By Luv2Travel

              from Cambridge, ON

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              Pros

              • EYECATCHING
              • Stylish
              • Versatile
              • Warmth

              Cons

              • A bit itchy

              Best Uses

              • Any Colour
              • Casual Twill
              • Jean Skirt

              I've been watching for this to go on sale and bought in Natural. It can be worn with pretty much anything but will have to be worn with a turtle neck underneath as it is a bit itchy. I will be getting the blue when it is in stock again - perfect fit & sleeves are longer than expected from the reviews - no issues there for me! Definitely a cooler weather sweater - early spring, late fall, all winter. Workmanship is incredible with a variety of different stitches used. Definitely a work of art!

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              • No
               
              5.0

              wonderful sweater and a great sale price

              By granny

              from Chelsea, MI

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              Pros

              • Exact Size Fit

              Cons

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                • Warmth And Beauty

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

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                • 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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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Warm and Stylish

                      By CJ

                      from Boston,MA

                      Verified Buyer

                      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!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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

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