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Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater

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The complex stitches of fishermen’s sweaters in Ireland’s Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture. The stitches have come to represent auspicious wishes and elements of island life. The honeycomb stitch in this navy blue turtleneck represents the rewards of hard work, while the diamond stands for fishing nets, the key to success on the harsh North Atlantic.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool. Men’s sizes M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48), XXL (50-52).


Dry clean.

The thick-knit 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.

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Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I really like this sweater!

Know an Irishmant here. He identified it as from Ireland imediately!
Too bad it needs dry-cleaning, but no big deal.
I was impressed enough, though that I ordered the Natural...Read complete review

Know an Irishmant here. He identified it as from Ireland imediately!
Too bad it needs dry-cleaning, but no big deal.
I was impressed enough, though that I ordered the Natural color as well. I really like this sweater!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yarn gauge too small for this knit!

i've worn many Aran Cable Sweaters in my life. This one was like putting on a see through blouse, or sweater! The yarn gauge (thickness) is too small hence the pattern of...Read complete review

i've worn many Aran Cable Sweaters in my life. This one was like putting on a see through blouse, or sweater! The yarn gauge (thickness) is too small hence the pattern of the knit was too loose all through out the piece. They should have signed off on a pre-production knit prior to taking in this order.

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5.0

A great sweater.

By Old man Paul

from Montreal, QC

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        Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

        I like turtleneck sweaters that go "over the pants", but for some reason, these are hard to find now. This Aran turtleneck fits the bill perfectly.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Attractive sweater at moderate cost

        By Thelo

        from Wisconsin

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              Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

              The large fits as expected. Knit is not very tight.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Mediocre

              By Joe

              from Boston MA

              Pros

                Cons

                • Cheap Thin Bad Fit

                Best Uses

                • Return Immediately

                Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                This may be the worst product I've ever bought on-line, and I do a lot of Internet shopping. It's an embarrassment to NatGeo.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for Carmel

                By John

                from Carmel, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great for cool and fog
                • Perfect knit and weight
                • Wear anywhere

                Cons

                • A crumb catcher

                Best Uses

                • Wear it all the time

                Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                Where I live (Carmel) it is frequently foggy and cool, even this summer. I wore the sweater so much that I ordered a second one. It's just right for this kind of climate.

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Yarn gauge too small for this knit!

                By Sweater Guy

                from New York, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Knitting too loose
                  • See through sweater
                  • Yarn too thin

                  Best Uses

                  • Washing the floor

                  Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                  i've worn many Aran Cable Sweaters in my life. This one was like putting on a see through blouse, or sweater! The yarn gauge (thickness) is too small hence the pattern of the knit was too loose all through out the piece. They should have signed off on a pre-production knit prior to taking in this order.

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful, unique and warm!

                  By Teresa

                  from NS

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great against dampness

                    Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                    It works as good as it looks!

                     
                    5.0

                    aran tutleneck sweater

                    By gypsynana

                    from Victoria BC Canada

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                    I love my aran sweater and am glad I ordered a xl it fits perfect

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Value

                    By Ron

                    from Dallas, Texas

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                    I love things of quality made in other countries.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    They Could Have Done Better

                    By Eire

                    from Papillion NE

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Body length good
                    • Merino wool
                    • Sleeve good

                    Cons

                    • Poor design and styling

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                      Poor design and styling trump the sleeve and body length. The design of the sweater is its downfall. There is lots of excess material under the arms and the fit around the chest is loose. A raglan sleeve would have been a much better design -- but that takes more time to do.

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Sweater

                      By Comfort Shoe Guy

                      from Plano, TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Color - Natural
                      • feel
                      • Style

                      Cons

                      • Don't know of any

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                        Got the sweater on sale - what a deal!!

                        You can feel the quality!

                        Hand wash or dry clean ONLY. If you wash it, air dry flat - no machine - or it will never be the same.

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