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Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan
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Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan

Price: $169.00

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Stay cozy indoors or out with this thigh-length Aran knit sweater. These iconic symbols of Ireland's northern Aran Islands are well known for their intricate stitches and symbolism. In this flattering cardigan, the honeycomb stitch symbolizes the hard work of the honeybee and the rewards of an industrious life. The cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the islands. Knit from 100% merino wool, with a button front.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool. Women’s sizes S (4-6; 25 1/2" long), M (8-10; 26 1/2" long), L (12-14; 28 1/2" long), XL (16-18; 29" long), XXL (20; 29 1/2" long).


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.

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Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm (11)
  • Great color (10)
  • Comfortable (9)
  • Flattering (7)
  • Stylish (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (9)
  • Wear to work (6)
  • Date night/night out (4)
  • Wear to school (4)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      67% 

      (8 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      82% 

      (9 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      92% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual dresser (5), Classic dresser (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely Beautiful

This sweater is wonderful. I own several Irish sweaters including a hand-knit one so I understand quality when I see it. The green is deep and beautiful and the fit is perfect. It...Read complete review

This sweater is wonderful. I own several Irish sweaters including a hand-knit one so I understand quality when I see it. The green is deep and beautiful and the fit is perfect. It can be worn at any time, whether casual, dress-up or at work, it transitions well. There is also plenty of room to layer shirts underneath for the coldest weather. It was a hard choice between the brown and green, but since I already own a brown sweater, I went with the green. So happy I did!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

beautiful sweater

The knitting is lovely, more on the loose side and will probably stretch, so I returned it for a smaller size as it is rather large in sizing. The green is a gorgeous...Read complete review

The knitting is lovely, more on the loose side and will probably stretch, so I returned it for a smaller size as it is rather large in sizing. The green is a gorgeous deep forest color.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE this sweater. It is so wonderfully made.

By Angel

from San Jose CA

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Pockets

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Date Night/Night Out

Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

This came right on time.

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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice wool

By Ziuzis

from Montreal, QC, Canada

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear

    Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

    I ordered the sweater in green/large. The wool is of excellent quality and the sweater is very well made. It is a straight cut sweater that looks very boxy on. If you look at the model carefully, you will see there is no waste to this sweater.
    For those of us with non-model figures, it is not a very flattering sweater. It is a very warm sweater - important for Canadian winters.

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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love this sweater

    By melbar

    from Texas

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Flattering
    • Great Color
    • Stylish
    • Warm

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Special Occasions
      • Wear To Work

      Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

      This is a beautiful sweater. I ordered an XXL but received a large. This was a great mistake because the large fits great even when used for layering. I gave this 4 stars only because I received a different size than I ordered but, in this case, it was a blessing.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      fabulous!

      By JLW

      from Chicago IL

      About Me Casual Dresser

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Can Layer Under It
      • Comfortable
      • Flattering
      • Great Color
      • No Tar-ish Oily Smell
      • Size Runs Large
      • Stylish
      • Versatile
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

          It's a big small, but that's a good thing. It was constructed to wear heavier layers underneath and it won't make the arms too tight when you do. It's a wonderful deep forest green with no yellowy or brash overtones. It's darned near perfect! Will update after it's cleaned or gets wet.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          So Beautiful!

          By Emmy Buker

          from Saxapahaw, North Carolina

          About Me Casual Dresser

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • A Tiny Bit Large But
          • Beautiful Just Beautifu
          • Comfortable
          • Flattering
          • Great Color
          • I Actually Don't Mind
          • I Will Layer Am Not Big
          • On Wool Next To My Skin
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Another Sweater
            • Great To Wear Over

            Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

            A beautiful sweater to wear as a jacket.

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

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            HUGE!

            By njhikergirl

            from Somerset, NJ

            About Me Classic Dresser

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great Color
            • Warm

            Cons

            • Poor Fit

            Best Uses

              Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

              I wanted this to be my sweater find of the winter, but sadly, it's not. Unfortunately it runs very big, and I need to return it. The models in the catalog photos must be super tall. I typically wear size 4 or 6, and I'm 5'4". I ordered a small. Wish there was an extra small.

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

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful to look at and wear

              By Roxy

              from Macon mi

              About Me Classic Dresser

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Date Night/Night Out
                • Wear to School
                • Wear To Work

                Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

                Keep me warm

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

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Looks can deceive

                By Battleship Babe

                from Honolulu, Hi

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Smelled Bad

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

                    It is very pretty and such a shame that the wool was not cured before all that work went into making the sweater because it smelled badly and even airing it out for several days did not make a difference. Had to send it back.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful, thick, warm sweater

                    By Lady M

                    from Buffalo, NY

                    About Me Classic Dresser

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Flattering
                    • Great Color
                    • Soft
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Wear
                      • Date Night/Night Out
                      • Wear to School
                      • Wear To Work

                      Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

                      This is the same quality as the sweaters I bought in Ireland. This was a better price.

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

                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Beautiful Sweater!

                      By Ctmomof4

                      from Connecticut

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Great Color
                      • Warm

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Casual Wear

                        Comments about Women's Irish Aran Merino Wool Long Cardigan:

                        The knit is looser than most of the Irish Merino Wool "fisherman" sweaters that I have seen. So if you want the super tight, super warm knit, this sweater is not for you. However, if a looser knit, looser fit is what you want this sweater is great. The green is a wonderful color, and the sizing will accommodate layering, which will, most likely, keep you plenty warm. It is a very nice casual sweater.

                        • Chest Size:
                        • Feels too big
                        • Length:
                        • Feels true to length
                        • Sleeve Length:
                        • Feels too long

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