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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
 
3.8

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (19)
  • Stylish (18)
  • Warm (18)
  • Comfortable (13)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

  • Itchy material (6)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (20)
  • Everyday (15)
  • Going out (9)
  • Travel (9)
  • Office (4)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      71% 

      (17 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      70% 

      (16 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      65% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (13), Practical (10), Classic style (9), Stylish (6), High-end shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16), 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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4.0

I loved it but it was too boxy...

By Me and she

from Louisville, KY

About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Female, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • High Quality
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out
    • Travel

    Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

    I bought this for my weekend "boyfriend" sweater and the sleeves were too long and didn't fit proportionately. If I had went up a size, the sleeves would have been even longer :( I really wanted this to work!

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

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    shipping postage to much, returns impossible

    By RICHIE

    from PETALUMA CALIFORNIA

    Comments about Men's Aran Shawl-collar Cardigan:

    I FIND IT TO DIFFICULT OT PURCHASE CLOTHING FROM THIS COMPANY, SHIPPING AND HANDLING TO HIGH, RETURN POLICE AND POSTAGE FEE'S TO HIGH,
    SIZES RUN HUGE.
    NOT CUSTOMER FRIENDLY

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too big
    • Length:
    • Feels too long
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too long
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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

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