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Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan

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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 in the early 1900s 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.


100% wool with brown resin buttons. Made in Ireland. Men’s sizes M (38–40), L (42–44), XL (46–48), XXL (50–52).


Dry clean.


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 historian Dierdre McQuillan. Women on these small, craggy islands in the mouth of Galway Bay had always made clothing by hand, but it wasn’t until the home crafts movement at the end of the 19th century that this practical skill blossomed into an iconic design known around the world. Then as now, the sale of handcrafts was encouraged as a way to continue local traditions and bring extra income into poor farming and fishing communities. Knitters from Donegal, the Channel Islands, and even emigrants returning from America traded techniques, and sweater patterns became more complicated as local women worked together to master new stitches.


National Geographic first commented on the sweaters in a 1931 article, referring to “the blue jersey of the fisherman.” Eventually white became the most popular color for Aran sweaters, and many children on the islands wore a design made just for them for their first holy communion. Early efforts at exporting sweaters through nearby Galway were a challenge until the craftswomen got the hang of standardized sizes rather than knitting for the way their family members were built.


Today, from tourist shops to fashion shows, one can find sweaters based on stitches that were invented by grandmothers and great-grandmothers only a couple of generations ago: cables, diamonds, blackberry stitch, crooked road, half-eights, bird’s eye, honeycomb, and many more. As they say on the islands, Go máire tú is go gcaithe thé—May you live and wear it well.


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Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan
 
3.9

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (18)
  • Stylish (17)
  • Warm (17)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Comfortable (12)

Cons

  • Itchy material (6)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (19)
  • Everyday (15)
  • Going out (8)
  • Travel (8)
  • Office (4)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      73% 

      (16 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      71% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      71% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (12), Practical (9), Classic style (8), Stylish (6), High-end shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very well made in Ireland; a classic!

This is a classic sweater in the button up cardigan style, made in Ireland by Carraig Donn, a highly regarded maker of Aran sweaters and other wool garments. It's highly versatile: It can...Read complete review

This is a classic sweater in the button up cardigan style, made in Ireland by Carraig Donn, a highly regarded maker of Aran sweaters and other wool garments. It's highly versatile: It can be worn with a dress shirt and tie in all but formal business environments, yet it looks equally good with a black T-shirt and jeans. The sweater is 100% wool. As such, it has the best properties of wool, such as warmth and moisture-wicking. I find it ideal for use in the 35-55 degree Farenheit range, with no jacket on top of the sweater. (For lower temperatures, a jacket over it would work fine). Note that it does not have any man-made fibers such as acrylic or nylon; some makers make their sweaters with 10-20% of these fibers to lower costs, but they also can have the advantage of adding strength or helping a sweater keep its form. Bottom line: Very high quality, made with nothing but pure new wool -- but you do have to treat it nicely (dry cleaning is best, as is keeping it folded and away from moths!) The only (minor) negatives about this item are: Because it's 100% new wool, it is a bit itchy against exposed skin - but not a problem at all so long as you wear long sleeves underneath. Also, the buttoms are resin. Hardwood would make it a real classic, but also much more expensive and the resin buttons are almost indistinguishable from hardwood unless you examine them closely. All in all, a very nice item that you won't easily find unless you travel to Ireland. It's worth the price, as it will probably last 10 or 15 years if you take care of it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too small

We ordered the medium charcoal color, it was shipped in the white, we sent it back, we got the charcoal, but the medium was too small. We then ordered a large, this...Read complete review

We ordered the medium charcoal color, it was shipped in the white, we sent it back, we got the charcoal, but the medium was too small. We then ordered a large, this was also too small. So now we await an ex large. The medium white one fit just perfectly, I don't understand. Anyway, I ordered this back in NOvember of 2012 for a christmas gift, My husband has NOT been able to wear his christmas gift due to this!

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1.0

surprising thin

By Consumer

from NC

About Me Classic

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Almost See Through
    • Itchy Material
    • Not Warm
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

      Appeared less material than in photo. Felt like too many "holes", so could see through it in many places. Didn't like. Would not recommend.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small
      • Length:
      • Feels too short
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      outstanding product

      By tim

      from fort worth texas

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

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • High Quality
      • Stylish
      • Versatile
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Everyday
        • Going Out
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

        have worn it to concerts and plays. always get compliments.

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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this sweater!

        By Kram

        from Northern Illinois

        About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • High Quality
        • Stylish
        • Versatile
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Everyday
          • Office
          • Travel

          Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

          I'm going to get the vest too!

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

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          sweater was everything I hoped it would

          By Kram

          from Northern Illinois

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • High Quality
          • Stylish
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Everyday
            • Travel

            Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

            Shipped quickly. Wonderful sweater.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Love the sweater

            By Granpa Sweater Addict

            from Stouffville, ON

            About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Quality
            • Stylish
            • Warm

            Cons

            • Itchy Material

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Everyday
            • Going Out

            Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

            I really enjoy the sweater. It fits very well and feels to be of very high quality. I have paid a lot more for less sweater before.

            Enjoy

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful Warmth

            By DavaoJoe

            from New York, NY

            About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • High Quality
            • Stylish
            • Versatile
            • Warm

            Cons

            • Dry Clean Only

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Everyday
            • Museums
            • Theaters
            • Travel

            Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

            I love this sweater. I ordered it in the natural color (an unusual choice for me) and I love it.

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

            (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            not true to size

            By Peeps

            from St George UT

            About Me Comfort-oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear

              Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

              shipping is ridiculous

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels too small
              • Length:
              • Feels too short
              • Sleeve Length:
              • Feels too short
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Nice product

              By DG

              from Star, Idaho

              About Me Comfort-oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • High Quality
              • Warm

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

                  Nice sweater, but too small, had to return for larger size haven't heard back from NG so far.

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

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful Sweater!

                  By WestSeattleite

                  from Seattle, WA

                  Pros

                  • Classic
                  • Comfortable
                  • High Quality
                  • Stylish
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear
                    • Everyday

                    Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

                    I bought this as a gift for my husband and just received it today. He tried it on and it fit him perfectly AND he loves it! This versatile sweater has both met and exceeded my expectations and is all the more valuable because it is a product made in Ireland and the purchase supports National Geographic.

                    Thank you to National Geographic for offering this beautifully-made garment. I believe it will wear extremely well and my husband will receive years of use from it.

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

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Sweater!

                    By WestSeattleite

                    from Seattle, WA

                    Pros

                    • Classic
                    • High Quality
                    • Stylish
                    • Versatile
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Everyday

                      Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

                      I bought this as a gift for my husband and just received it today. He tried it on and it fit him perfectly AND he loves it! This versatile sweater has both met and exceeded my expectations and is all the more valuable because it is a hand knit product from Ireland and the purchase supports National Geographic.

                      Thank you to National Geographic for offering this beautifully-made, traditional garment. I believe it will wear extremely well and my husband will receive years of use from it.

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

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