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Men's Irish Sweater Vest

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Since the 1900s, women on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland have knit wool sweaters for their fisherman kin. Every knitter has her own special patterns, passed down through generations. This charcoal vest is a traditional layering piece, featuring classic cable stitches and resin buttons.


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


Dry clean.

Since they first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, 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 Irish Sweater Vest
 
3.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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71%

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It!!

By Ric

from Dallas, Texas

Pros

  • Really Nice Vest

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • All around use

Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

This was a gift from my wife she knew I've always loved vested sweaters, and I am absolutely elated she did. It's a nice piece of garment to wear in or out with comfort it's soft and well made it will last for years!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect weifht and fit!

By Kram

from Northern Illinois

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Just the right weight
  • Love the color
  • Warm but not hot

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

      Great for around the house or office

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Slim? No need to size up.

      By ClergyWoman

      from Chicago

      Pros

      • Lovely Lightweight Knit

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

          Since other reviewers said the sizing was small, I ordered an XXL for my slim spouse who usually wears an L (42). He could wear this XXL as a dress! It's going back and I'm ordering his normal size. It's a beautiful garment in a loose knit that will provide a gentle warmth.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Beautiful but poorly sized

          By Disappointed

          from Iowa

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

          XXL was 45 inches at the chest. That's a large, not an XXL.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful wool

          By loving daughter

          from Albuqueruqe, NM

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

          This item came on time. It is the perfect classical sweater vest for my father. craftsmanship was excellent and he is really please about having a button down instead of one you pull on over the head. I recommend it highly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not best fit

          By Tan

          from CANADA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

          The XXL size was like a L ... despite the stretch, I had to return it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice sweater vest

          By Gregg

          from Shaker Heights, Oh

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Nice Fit Warm

          Cons

          • Had a hole in it

          Best Uses

            Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

            Really love the sweater. However when I tried it on I noticed it had a hole in it. Instead of hassling with the return process my wife just sewed it up.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Beautiful but way too small to be XXL

            By James

            from New Jersey

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great craftsmanship

            Cons

            • Not sized correctly

            Best Uses

            • With casual wear

            Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

            The vest is beautifully made but if you are expecting a XXL to be large enough then it won't be with this vest. It is more a Large size than XXL. Well,,, guess my fat but's gotta start running LOL! An inspiration to lose the extra pounds by next winter, fall.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this vest & NG- spectacular

            By Goddess of the hearth & home

            from Colorado

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Men's Irish Sweater Vest:

            The vest is functionally warm as well as a very attractive article of clothing.

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