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Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket

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For more than a century, knitters on Ireland's rugged Aran islands have been developing the intricate stitches for which their sweaters are known. This belted cardigan mixes today's style with time-honored handcrafted technique in a cable and trellis pattern.


Two front patch pockets. Made in Ireland of 100% merino wool. 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 Aran Belted Sweater Jacket
 
4.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (7), Yes (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Irish belted sweatef

        This is a beautifully knit sweater. The belt loops are at least 1 1/2" too high even for my average height of 5' 6". Unfortunately I tried to cut...Read complete review

        This is a beautifully knit sweater. The belt loops are at least 1 1/2" too high even for my average height of 5' 6". Unfortunately I tried to cut them off only to discover they are knit as part of the sweater body-- not sewn on separately. It created a Hole which I had to very carefully hand sew closed. Other than that I love the sweater. A great weight for a cool day instead of wearing a coat.

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        Belt not as shown

        Beautiful sweater jacket, but the belt is not nearly as long as shown in the photo, which makes it look cheap. Very disappointed for the price point.

        Beautiful sweater jacket, but the belt is not nearly as long as shown in the photo, which makes it look cheap. Very disappointed for the price point.

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        2.0

        Very disappointed

        By actress

        from Hot Springs Village,AR

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Red Color
        • Nice wool

        Cons

        • Belt Way Too Shoprt
        • Belt Way Too Short
        • Skimpy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

          It's warm

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          WORTH THE PRICE

          By SMITH

          from MIAMI

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

          THANKS

           
          5.0

          Great item. Recommend as a super gift.

          By Tank

          from Denver, CO

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Very Nice Item Should G

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              Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

              A perfect gift. Very nice for winter and cooler days. Well made.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              2.0

              Poor fit

              By hand knitter

              from Rocky Mountains

              Pros

              • Nice color
              • Tag Names The Stitches
              • Well Made

              Cons

              • Belt too short
              • Sleeves too long
              • Yarn Is Scratchy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                I've knit sweaters from merino wool, and they are lovely and soft. This yarn feels coarse and scratchy. The sleeves are 4" too long, and I have long arms. The belt is too short and the belt loops are too high. I'm returning it for an exchange.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Belt not as shown

                By Sheltie Mom

                from Waterloo, IA

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                      Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                      Beautiful sweater jacket, but the belt is not nearly as long as shown in the photo, which makes it look cheap. Very disappointed for the price point.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Sweater

                      By RedHeart

                      from RedWing, MN

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cozy Thick And Luxurious

                      Cons

                      • Belt Could Be 6" Longer

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                        Cozy, warm wrap-around, perfect for winter days. I got an XL which fits well, but I'd like for the belt to have been 6" longer so it drapes better.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        This is a beautiful,well crafted item.

                        By mr.moon

                        from Troutdale,Oregon

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                              Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                              I gave this sweater as a gift.It will be useful for years to come

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Beautifully made, quality sweater

                              By White Mtn Goat

                              from northern NH

                              Verified Buyer

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                                    Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                                    Sweater was slightly shorter and smaller than I expected given the size chart.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Exactly what I expected!

                                    By Patti1940

                                    from West Warwick, RI

                                    Pros

                                    • Fit Will Be My
                                    • for fall

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Fall Sweater That
                                      • Fall Sweater That Goes

                                      Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                                      The one I'll grab on my way out the door this fall
                                      Color, quality, and warmth
                                      Can't think of any

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Bought a second one!

                                      By automation7

                                      from Brooklyn, New York

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Casualcorporate Style
                                      • Figure Flattering Style

                                      Cons

                                      • Belt Loops Are High

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

                                        Previous reviews indicate belt loops are too high for a tall person. However, photo of catalog/online model show this is the intended style.
                                        Enjoyingit as casual wear (with a cami/tank top) or with a shirt collar and cuffs showing for a more sophisticated look.
                                        Bought gray and then red.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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