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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
 
4.3

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (40)
  • Comfortable (36)
  • Warm (35)
  • Stylish (27)
  • Flattering (25)

Cons

  • Poor fit (5)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (34)
  • Layering (33)
  • Cold / extreme (28)
  • Going out (24)
  • Travel (24)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      83% 

      (35 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      81% 

      (34 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (32), Practical (29), Classic style (23), Stylish (18), High-end shopper (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30), 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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4.0

Irish Sweater Jacket

By none

from Oakland, Ca.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Color
  • Soft
  • Versatile
  • Warm
  • Was Glad To See Product C

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Layering

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    I was pleased to see that this sweater was made in Westport, County Mayo where my mother was born. A beautiful town.

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

    Love this sweater!

    By Cathi

    from Missouri

    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Flattering
    • Great Color
    • Stylish
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out
      • Layering

      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

      This is a great sweater for cold weather.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
       
      5.0

      I love this sweater!!!!!

      By Katherine

      from Woodbridge, VA

      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        I love these sweaters. I have this general item in green and red and now grey. Lovely as a "jacket" over black slacks and turtleneck. It is warm and fashionable...just the ticket for cold-weather fashion.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Sleeve Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        2.0

        Beautiful Sweater Jacket, but too bulky

        By Arthursmomma

        from Cincinnati, OH

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Fit

          Best Uses

            Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

            I really liked the look of this in the catalog. When it arrived, I contemplated keeping it for almost a month. I never wore it, except to try it on several times, deciding if I should keep it and alter it. The arms were huge, in both radius at the shoulder and in length. I ordered the smallest size available, but it was just too bulky and long for my 5'2" frame. I didn't want to return it, but did because of the cost and fact that I probably wouldn't wear it.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels too big
            • Sleeve Length:
            • Feels too long
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Beautiful!

            By Catwoman

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Flattering
            • Great Color
            • Perfect For Mild Winters
            • Soft
            • Stylish
            • Versatile
            • Warm

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

              This is a beautiful sweater coat that is perfect for mild Texas winters. The color (green) is rich and the fit is perfect.

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size
              • Sleeve Length:
              • Feels true to length
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              1.0

              Impossible fit

              By Carol

              from Hanso, MA

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Fit
                • Sleeves Way Too Wide

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                  Having read the reviews, I was really looking forward to receiving this sweater. Unfortunately it is being returned because the sleeves are incredibly wide. I could easily fit 2 bulky sweaters under this sweater and have room left over in the sleeves. While the body of the sweater fits properly, the arms look and fit all wrong. I wonder if there was a mistake in the knitting of this particular sweater.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Exactly as I expected it to be

                  By Irish Setter lover

                  from Petaluma, CA

                  About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Great Color
                  • Soft
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                  • Snags too easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Cold Weather
                  • Going Out
                  • Layering

                  Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                  Has great warmth with no wool itchiness.

                  • 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)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it. We'll made.

                  By Plain jane

                  from Independence,ohio

                  About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                    Wear it almost all the time when going out in cold weather.

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

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    warm sweater

                    By sis

                    from mountains of NY

                    About Me Comfort-oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                      mid weight sweater

                      • 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)

                       
                      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

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