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Inishmore Cardigan

Inishmore Cardigan

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There are as many myths about the origins of Irish Aran knitting as there are patterns, but no matter when and how they came to be, the thick, textured sweaters of the Aran Islands have become a worldwide symbol of Irish craft and culture. The honeycomb stitch in this cream-colored cardigan represents the rewards of hard work, while the classic cable stitch is inspired by the ropes and lines of a fishing boat.

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

Hand-wash or 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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Inishmore Cardigan

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Runs very small;Poor Quality

By Scotty

from New Mexico

Verified Buyer



    • Machine made
    • Poor quality
    • Runs Small

    Best Uses

      Comments about Inishmore Cardigan:

      Purchased as a gift for my husband I was very disappointed when the sweater was too short in the overall length. With the dropped shoulders it looked like a sweater that was oversized and had shrunk in the sleeve length. The finishing details are cheap--zig-zagged machine-finished seams and plastic (leather look) buttons.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Everything fine, fast. Excellent product

      By Ulisses Schlosser

      from Iguassu Falls, Brazil

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Inishmore Cardigan:

      The inishmore cardigan is very good for cold days.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      Headlines are fine.

      By Al

      from Eau Claire, Wi.. 54703

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Inishmore Cardigan:

      Sweater is great for casual wear; can mix and match this sweater with much in a man's ward robe. Sweater fits beautifully; warm but not too warm to wear inside.

      Wish that it came in navy blue instead of just natural in that it would provide some options for buyers.

      Eau Claire, Wi.. 54703

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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