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Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater

Price: $149.00

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The complex stitches of fishermen’s sweaters in Ireland’s Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish culture. The stitches have come to represent auspicious wishes and elements of island life. The honeycomb stitch in this navy blue turtleneck represents the rewards of hard work, while the diamond stands for fishing nets, the key to success on the harsh North Atlantic.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool. Men’s sizes M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48), XXL (50-52).


Dry clean.

The thick-knit 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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Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for Carmel

Where I live (Carmel) it is frequently foggy and cool, even this summer. I wore the sweater so much that I ordered a second one. It's just right for this kind of...Read complete review

Where I live (Carmel) it is frequently foggy and cool, even this summer. I wore the sweater so much that I ordered a second one. It's just right for this kind of climate.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yarn gauge too small for this knit!

i've worn many Aran Cable Sweaters in my life. This one was like putting on a see through blouse, or sweater! The yarn gauge (thickness) is too small hence the pattern of...Read complete review

i've worn many Aran Cable Sweaters in my life. This one was like putting on a see through blouse, or sweater! The yarn gauge (thickness) is too small hence the pattern of the knit was too loose all through out the piece. They should have signed off on a pre-production knit prior to taking in this order.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Fall and Winter Comfort with Style

By Ray The Reader

from Missouri

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Color I wanted
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Good Length
  • Liked The Turtle Neck
  • Quality material

Cons

  • Sizing
  • Sleeve Construction

Best Uses

  • Casual Dress
  • Cooler Indoor Activities
  • Seasonal Cold Outside
  • Workshops Informal Event

Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

This garment has been a favorite to wear with jeans or cold-weather pants. Best for action filled workshops, outdoor events, places and events that may be happening outdoors or in unheated indoors---provides effective warmth and comfort and also plenty of color and style.

There was trouble with the sleeves. The upper portion was far to large, while the length was barely long enough. It seemed to be constructed for maybe a stocky person with somewhat short arms.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful sweater like the one I had younger.

By Nelle

from Québec City, Québec.

Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

Wrong sweater sent and I re-ordered the right one. Simply gorgeous sweater, very classy and cozy. The delievery was fast and prompt.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this sweater

By VA

from Des Moines,IA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

I bought it for myself, even though I am female and it was a men's sweater. The medium fit perfect and I love the look and texture.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this!

By Ladypastor

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautifully Knitted
  • Fits nicely
  • Interesting Stitches
  • Lots of compliments
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great Fall And Winter
    • Useful In Cold Settings
    • Wear without a coat

    Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

    I wear this with a turtleneck underneath and don't need a coat - yet I don't get overheated either. I wear it with jeans or slacks. My work is less formal than other positions, so I can wear it not just for fun things, but work as well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An incredibly nice sweether

    By Lady Birgit

    from Denmark

    Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

    An incredibly nice sweether, just for my expectations, fast shipping, I buy more in blue. can recommend the very can also be used for ladies.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Unusual weave

    By Lolly W.

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    • Beautifully Made
    • Good Fit
    • Quality material

    Cons

    • See-through Weave

    Best Uses

      Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

      Although this sweater is beautifully made and well priced for the quality, the weave is such that the front and back panels and sleeve are see through, almost like net. In order to wear this, my husband would have had to wear a tee shirt underneath of the exact color as the sweater since anything underneath is clearly visible. It is unfortunate that the weave chosen was not different or tighter. I chose to return this sweater and was sorry to have to do so.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great sweater.

      By Old man Paul

      from Montreal, QC

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

      I like turtleneck sweaters that go "over the pants", but for some reason, these are hard to find now. This Aran turtleneck fits the bill perfectly.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Attractive sweater at moderate cost

      By Thelo

      from Wisconsin

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

      The large fits as expected. Knit is not very tight.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Mediocre

      By Joe

      from Boston MA

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cheap Thin Bad Fit

        Best Uses

        • Return Immediately

        Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

        This may be the worst product I've ever bought on-line, and I do a lot of Internet shopping. It's an embarrassment to NatGeo.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for Carmel

        By John

        from Carmel, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great for cool and fog
        • Perfect knit and weight
        • Wear anywhere

        Cons

        • A crumb catcher

        Best Uses

        • Wear it all the time

        Comments about Men's Irish Aran Turtleneck Sweater:

        Where I live (Carmel) it is frequently foggy and cool, even this summer. I wore the sweater so much that I ordered a second one. It's just right for this kind of climate.

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