ORDER BY MAY 2 AT 1PM ET AND GET IT IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY!     View Details >
  1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
Clothing:Women's Clothing:Sweaters:Irish Sweater Jacket
Irish Sweater Jacket
Zoom

Irish Sweater Jacket

Price: $159.00

Item#:1074842

Please select a color

Color:  

Please select a size

Size: S M L XL XXL Size Chart Please select a size

This item is out of stock
This item is out of stock




Add to Favorites

You May Also Like

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Irish Sweater Jacket
 
4.4

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (48)
  • Comfortable (44)
  • Warm (43)
  • Stylish (36)
  • Flattering (34)

Cons

  • Poor fit (5)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (42)
  • Layering (40)
  • Cold / extreme (34)
  • Going out (31)
  • Travel (29)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      85% 

      (44 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      83% 

      (43 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (40), Practical (36), Classic style (30), Stylish (22), High-end shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37), Yes (17)

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful Sweater Jacket, but too bulky

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,...Read complete review

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.

Reviewed by 57 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Irish Sweater Jacket

By MM

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Haven't Had Long Enough T

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Layering

Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

Am enjoying it

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

Stunning Sweater!

By Sibby

from Milford, PA

About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Qualityoriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Flattering
  • Great Color
  • Stunning
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    This is a stunning sweater. The green color is just gorgeous! It is very warm and comfortable. I have had so many compliments on it! I would highly recommend it if someone is looking for something different than the ordinary store sweaters.

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

    very attractive and well made

    By Max

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Classic

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

      warm and soft

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Good quality sweaters

      By Gail

      from Meriden, CT

      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Flattering
      • Stylish
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cold Weather
        • Going Out
        • Layering
        • Travel

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        The green and grey ones were very nice. However, the burgundy one looks like it has grey fuzz all over it. I won't were it until
        I can dye it or something. It looks terrible.

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

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this Sweater Jacket!

        By BlueBird

        from Goldsboro North Carolina

        About Me Practical, Stylish

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • As Stated In Previous
        • Order A Size Smaller

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather
        • Going Out

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        Reading previous reviews does require a smaller size than
        what you usually wear. I wear a large so i got a size
        medium and it fits perfect.

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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Sweater

        By soz

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Flattering
        • Great Color
        • Stylish
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Going Out
          • Layering

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          I bought this sweater in green a few years ago and still love it. It's warm, attractive and distinct in style.

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

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Take me away.

          By Terry the Traveler

          from Myrtle Beach, SC

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper, Practical, Stylish, Trendy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Flattering
          • Great Color
          • Stylish
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

          • Itchy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          Stylish and very generous cut. Beautiful craftsmanship. Nice alternative to coat. The wool was very scratchy feel to me so I will wear long sleeves and high neck under it.

          • 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)

           
          5.0

          Mary loves this sweater1

          By Grandma

          from Minnesota

          About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          It is all she expected of it!

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

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LOVE IT!

          By Katrina

          from Northern Kentucky

          About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

            I love the color which is true to the advertising, the warmth of the sweater, and the stylishness. I may have to get one in red for Christmas.

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

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent product.

            By Bill

            from Charlottesville, Va

            About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Flattering
            • Great Color
            • Soft
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

              Excellent product. My wife received many compliments.

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

              Displaying reviews 1-10

              Back to top

              Previous | Next »

              See Other Related Products