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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
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

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        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

        An incredibly nice sweether

        By Lady Birgit

        from Denmark

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              Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

              An incredibly nice sweether, just for my expectations, fast shipping, I buy more in blue. can recommend the very can also be used for ladies.

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              • No
               
              3.0

              Unusual weave

              By Lolly W.

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              Pros

              • Beautifully Made
              • Good Fit
              • Quality material

              Cons

              • See-through Weave

              Best Uses

                Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

                Although this sweater is beautifully made and well priced for the quality, the weave is such that the front and back panels and sleeve are see through, almost like net. In order to wear this, my husband would have had to wear a tee shirt underneath of the exact color as the sweater since anything underneath is clearly visible. It is unfortunate that the weave chosen was not different or tighter. I chose to return this sweater and was sorry to have to do so.

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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.

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                      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 10 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.

                              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Yarn gauge too small for this knit!

                              By Sweater Guy

                              from New York, NY

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                              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!

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  aran tutleneck sweater

                                  By gypsynana

                                  from Victoria BC Canada

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                                  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.

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