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Irish Sweater Jacket

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Aran knitting is well known for its wealth of intricate stitches and symbolism. In this flattering sweater jacket, the diamond stitch represents prosperity, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands. Knit from 100% worsted wool, with a button closure at the neck.

100% worsted wool. Made in Ireland. 29"L. Women’s sizes S (4–6), M (8–10), L (12–14), XL (16–18), XXL (20).

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.

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Irish Sweater Jacket
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (34)
  • Comfortable (29)
  • Warm (28)
  • Stylish (23)
  • Flattering (21)

Cons

  • Poor fit (3)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (27)
  • Layering (26)
  • Cold / extreme (21)
  • Going out (20)
  • Travel (20)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      82% 

      (27 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      82% 

      (28 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (26), Practical (25), Classic style (21), Stylish (16), High-end shopper (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect in Every Way

I am 5'9", 155 pounds and the Large fits me perfectly. I love the style, the weight and the cozy feel of this sweater. I chose oatmeal and the yarn,...Read complete review

I am 5'9", 155 pounds and the Large fits me perfectly. I love the style, the weight and the cozy feel of this sweater. I chose oatmeal and the yarn, which has tiny flecks of dark brown, is beautiful - so natural and authentic. It has good weight and yet is soft. I am so pleased to see Irish Aran patterns executed in a more updated style. I love this sweater; it has already become a favorite. It is also an excellent value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

beautiful but sent back

I loved the picture of the model wearing this sweater and was looking forward to owning it. I received a small and medium planning to return one. On both sweaters the upper arms are...Read complete review

I loved the picture of the model wearing this sweater and was looking forward to owning it. I received a small and medium planning to return one. On both sweaters the upper arms are huge - not at all flattering. I really wanted to love this but after trying both sizes on multiple times I ended up returning both. Maybe that's the style of traditional Irish sweaters - the super-roomy upper arms but it didn't work for me (5'4" and 125 lbs).

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5.0

Beautiful sweater

By Trish

from PA

About Me Classic, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent quality
  • Flattering
  • Great Color
  • Warm

Cons

  • Sizing Runs Large Ret Cost

Best Uses

  • Cold Weather It's Heavy

Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

I first found this sweater on Ireland. It is beautiful. Sizing should include hip since it is long. I had to send it back for a smaller size which unlike other mail order catalogs you get hit with shipping costs.

  • Chest Size:
  • Feels true to size
  • Sleeve Length:
  • Feels true to length
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Thick, warm, and cozy

By That Library Lady

from Cardwell, Montana

About Me Always Freezing At Work, Comfort-oriented, Sensitive skin, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Color
  • Not At All Scratchy
  • Soft

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cold Weather
    • Going Out
    • Layering
    • Work

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    This sweater dresses up nicely, but it is so comfortable and warm, I wear it everywhere!

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love, love, love this sweater!

    By Sandi on the go!

    from Sacramento, California

    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper, Medium Weight, Practical, Stylish, Tall

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful Green
    • Comfortable
    • Dressy or casual
    • Flattering
    • Great Color
    • Great Fit For Long Arms
    • Stylish
    • Versatile
    • Very flattering
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Dressy or casual
      • Going Out
      • Layering

      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

      I was debating whether to buy a medium or large because while I am 5'8", I have very long arms. The medium was a perfect fit and the arm length very ample. I have worn this sweater with a dressy black dress and with a light weight pullover and jeans. I always get compliments. I can't think if any negatives about this beautiful sweater.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Beautiful Sweater Jacket

      By emmajane

      from TX

      About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Color
      • Stylish
      • Warm

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy
      • Itchy
      • Poor Fit

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out
      • Layering
      • Travel

      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

      This Sweater Jacket is so large that I can't wear it comfortably. The sleeves cover my hands and the shoulders hang way off. It is too heavy and bulky to carry on a trip. Planned to wear it on a trip in the fall for my cold weather occasions.
      Not practical for travel but a beautifully knitted multi-stitched sweater.
      Need to return it.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too big
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too long
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful

      By MamaJ

      from Longview, WA

      About Me Classic, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Flattering
      • Great Color
      • Stylish
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather
        • Layering
        • Travel
        • Work

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        I love this sweater. I bought the green and it is beautiful. I wear a 14 usually and I bought an XL. It is just right for layering over other shirts and still being comfortable. I love the long length. It is just right for an evening stroll or sitting on the patio. I have received many compliments on it too.

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

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Absolutely love this sweater!

        By Dot

        from Fort Worth, Tx.

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Classy
        • Comfortable
        • Great Color
        • Soft
        • Stylish
        • Versatile
        • Warm

        Cons

        • Needs a lining

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather
        • Layering
        • Travel

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        I wore my sweater with a skirt, jeans and a dress; then it got too warm here in Texas
        For me to comfortably wear it but I look forward to next season!

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Sleeve Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By daisey

        from Vancouver, British Columbia

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Flattering
        • Great Color
        • Lightweight
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cold Weather
          • Going Out
          • Travel
          • Work

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          I absolutely love this sweater. It is beautifully crafted and the garnet red is a exceptional colour and would highly recommend this - the price was exceptional!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Irish Sweater Jacket

          By puppylover1948

          from Milton, Ontario, Canada

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish, Trendy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Flattering
          • Great Color
          • Lightweight
          • Soft
          • Stylish
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

          • Not Able To Wash

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Going Out
          • Layering
          • Travel

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          I love my sweater!! I would love to have it in all the other colours!! It is so comfortable and I can wear it with everything. I've had many compliments!!

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolutely Fabulous!!

          By Grammy

          from DFW Area, Texas and Montrose, Colorado

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Color
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Cold Weather
            • Going Out
            • Layering
            • Travel
            • Work

            Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

            It runs just slightly on the large size so if you are in between or borderline or sizes, I would suggest the smaller of the 2 sizes. I got the green (had to it's Irish) and the color is beautiful. It is perfect for Colorado as a layer or Texas as we don't own or wear heavy coats. I couldn't be happier and can't wait until next winter when I can wear it.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Irish Sweater Jacket

            By Margie

            from Canada

            About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Color
            • Versatile
            • Warm

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Cold Weather
              • Going Out
              • Layering
              • Travel

              Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

              A very welome gift from my husband.

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size
              • Sleeve Length:
              • Feels true to length
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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