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Irish Sweaters for Casual Wear

 

Women's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
Women's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters

For hundreds of years, women in the rural villages of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit natural wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. Although the myth that you can identify island families by the stiches in their sweater—like a Scottish tartan—isn't true, every knitter does have her own special patterns, passed down through generations of mothers and grandmothers. At weekly gatherings, they continually invented intricate new stitches.


Available colors: Black, Natural, Red
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00
Irish Sweater Jacket
Irish Sweater Jacket
(Based on 35 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
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 in moss green, with a button closure at the neck.
Available colors: Charcoal, Garnet, Green, Oatmeal
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00
Men's Irish Sweater Vest
Men's Irish Sweater Vest
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

Since the 1900s, women on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. Every knitter has her own special patterns, passed down through generations. This charcoal vest is a traditional layering piece, featuring classic cable stitches and resin buttons.


Available colors: Charcoal, Natural
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$99.00
Men's Traditional Irish Aran Sweater
Men's Traditional Irish Aran Sweater
(Based on 8 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
For hundreds of years, women in the rural villages of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit natural wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. At weekly gatherings, they examined each other's work and continually invented intricate new stitches. Each of the stitches in this generously sized, traditional Aran sweater represents a facet of fishing culture: the honeycomb stitch for hard work, the cable stitch for safety on the waters, and the basket weave as a wish for a plentiful catch. 100% merino wool. Made in Ireland.
Available colors: Natural
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$139.00
Men's Irish Donegal Tweed Sweater
Men's Irish Donegal Tweed Sweater
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
Ireland's northernmost county is a land of peat bogs, sandy beaches, and windswept cliffs. In the shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains, the town of Donegal has been renowned for its handwoven wool sweaters for generations. Woven from wool that is flecked with the colors of Irish earth and sky, this comfortable sweater is hand-knit in blocks of tan and peat, charcoal and heather. Lightweight and insulating, wool is one of the most travel-friendly natural fabrics available and shrugs off Donegal's morning mist with ease. Hand-knit in Ireland.
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$249.00
$76.99
Women's Merino Wool Irish Cardigan
Women's Merino Wool Irish Cardigan
(Based on 24 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Women's Clothing/Sweaters
This cozy merino wool sweater is a virtual sampler of Irish Aran knitting patterns. Each pattern symbolizes an aspect of local fishing culture: Celtic rope for Irish pride; fisherman's cable for safety on the waters; basket stitch for a plentiful catch; and diamond, the shape of a fishing net, for success. The warm wool is renowned for its extremely soft hand, providing warmth and comfort without the itch of lower-quality fibers.
Available colors: Black, Oatmeal, Red
Available sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$155.00
Irish Wool Military Cardigan
Irish Wool Military Cardigan
(Based on 9 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters
This hearty forest green cardigan takes its inspiration from military-style Irish sweaters, often worn by volunteers who fought with the British in WWII. Although Ireland was neutral and relations with Britain were strained, thousands of men and women chose to join the Allied cause as members of the British Royal Army and Merchant Navy, or by working in British factories. Our contemporary version uses rich leather to enhance frequent wear points, ensuring years of rugged outdoor wear. Leather shoulders help keep expedition gear and luggage straps from slipping off. Front slash pockets add functionality and make this sweater an alternative to a jacket on milder winter days. Pure Irish wool, knit in Ireland.
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge
$199.00
$59.99
Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan
Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan
(Based on 21 reviews)
Category: Clothing/Men's Clothing/Sweaters

In just a century since they first appeared, the textured wool sweaters of the Aran Islands have become “as tenacious an international symbol of Ireland as the harp and shamrock,” writes fashion historian Deirdre McQuillan. It wasn’t until the home crafts movement at the end of the 19th century that Aran’s distinctive patterns became known around the world. Today, from tourist shops to fashion shows, one can find sweaters based on stitches that were invented by grandmothers and great-grandmothers only a few generations ago.


Available colors: Charcoal, Natural
Available sizes: Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
$159.00