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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 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (25)
  • Comfortable (21)
  • Warm (20)
  • Stylish (18)
  • Flattering (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual wear (21)
    • Layering (19)
    • Going out (14)
    • Travel (14)
    • Cold / extreme (13)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        80% 

        (20 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        81% 

        (21 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Comfort-oriented (19), Practical (18), Classic style (14), Stylish (11), High-end shopper (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15), Yes (12)

    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 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
       
      4.0

      Beautiful; charcoal color off for me

      By TexasTea

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Comfort-oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Flattering
      • Soft
      • Stylish
      • Versatile
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Layering

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        I'm 5'4" and 115; the small is perfect for layering over a sweater - even a bulky one. I love the feel and weight and style of this sweater. It's a perfect layering piece for someone who gets cold super easily. My one little "but": the color's not quite what I hoped for. I think with my blue eyes and little bit of gray hair, the amount of white in the charcoal color kind of washes me out. Exchanging for green.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Beautiful Sweater Jacket

        By Irish

        from Missouri

        About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Flattering
        • Great Color
        • Stylish
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          Quality of sweater jacket is wonderful. The green color is much prettier in person. This will be a gift and know that she'll love it.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          beautiful , quality, warm

          By the greek streak

          from Murfreesboro TN

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

            Lots of compliments on this sweater, warm and well-made

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

            Nice Sweater

            By Lucky Dad

            from Temonton, Utah

            About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Color
            • Soft
            • Stylish
            • Warm

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Going Out

              Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

              This is a wonderful product. Thanks for the high quality of this item.

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size
              • Sleeve Length:
              • Feels true to length
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Perfect Purchase

              By Robin

              from Kansas City

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Going Out
                • Layering
                • Work

                Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                Beautiful color, just like the picture

                • 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

                Beautifully knitted

                By Peggy

                from Summerfield, FL

                About Me Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Flattering
                • Great Color
                • Stylish
                • Versatile
                • Warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Cold Weather
                  • Layering
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                  This is a beautifully made outer wear piece great for layering. I chose the gray because I wear a lot of red, purples and blacks in winter. The wool is scratchy, but not a problem when worn over another sweater or even a vest and shirt. I wore this as a "coat" over a knit shirt when walking around Colonial Williamsburg at 40 degrees and was comfortable both indoors and out. I bought the size most true to my bust measurement and it fit perfectly. I like the extra room in the upper arms, allows freedom of movement over layers and your cuffs don't ride up to three quarter length when you move.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Sleeve Length:
                  • Feels true to length
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  I Love my new sweter!

                  By Dancer

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Classic, Practical

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Wait To Be On Sale

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                  Feels really good, I will get an other one in different color next time.

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

                  An excellent product

                  By Coca Cola

                  from India

                  About Me Trendy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Great Color
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Going Out

                    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                    The product was very well received by my wife, who I presented for our anniversary.
                    Only con is it is a bit scratchy, but that was expected with this kind of wool.

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

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love the jacket

                    By C.W.

                    from Cleveland, Ohio

                    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • color is beautiful
                    • Comfortable
                    • Flattering
                    • Great Color
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Travel
                      • Work

                      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                      I waited for this coat to go on sale. I really love it. It is made of wool and it is a little scratchy, but no more than other wool sweaters. You can wear this as a jacket, or in cold weather at the office. I think it would be great to take on a plane. Finally I have long arms and am 5' 8". I bought the large. The sleeves are a touch too short, but it's not noticible. I would recommend this. Nicely made.

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

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