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Irish Sweater Jacket

Price: $159.00

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Aran knitting is well known for its wealth of intricate stitches and symbolism. In this flattering sweater jacket, the diamond stitch represents prosperity, and the cable stitch stands in for the fishing rope that was so essential to livelihood on the Aran Islands. Knit from 100% worsted wool, with a button closure at the neck.

100% worsted wool. Made in Ireland. 29"L. Women’s sizes S (4–6), M (8–10), L (12–14), XL (16–18), XXL (20).

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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Irish Sweater Jacket
 
4.4

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great color (45)
  • Comfortable (40)
  • Warm (39)
  • Stylish (32)
  • Flattering (30)

Cons

  • Poor fit (5)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (39)
  • Layering (37)
  • Cold / extreme (33)
  • Going out (29)
  • Travel (27)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      83% 

      (40 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      83% 

      (40 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (37), Practical (33), Classic style (26), Stylish (21), High-end shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34), Yes (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect in Every Way

I am 5'9", 155 pounds and the Large fits me perfectly. I love the style, the weight and the cozy feel of this sweater. I chose oatmeal and the yarn,...Read complete review

I am 5'9", 155 pounds and the Large fits me perfectly. I love the style, the weight and the cozy feel of this sweater. I chose oatmeal and the yarn, which has tiny flecks of dark brown, is beautiful - so natural and authentic. It has good weight and yet is soft. I am so pleased to see Irish Aran patterns executed in a more updated style. I love this sweater; it has already become a favorite. It is also an excellent value.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful Sweater Jacket, but too bulky

I really liked the look of this in the catalog. When it arrived, I contemplated keeping it for almost a month. I never wore it, except to try it on several times,...Read complete review

I really liked the look of this in the catalog. When it arrived, I contemplated keeping it for almost a month. I never wore it, except to try it on several times, deciding if I should keep it and alter it. The arms were huge, in both radius at the shoulder and in length. I ordered the smallest size available, but it was just too bulky and long for my 5'2" frame. I didn't want to return it, but did because of the cost and fact that I probably wouldn't wear it.

Reviewed by 53 customers

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5.0

Love this Sweater Jacket!

By BlueBird

from Goldsboro North Carolina

About Me Practical, Stylish

Pros

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

Cons

  • As Stated In Previous
  • Order A Size Smaller

Best Uses

  • Casual Wear
  • Cold Weather
  • Going Out

Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

Reading previous reviews does require a smaller size than
what you usually wear. I wear a large so i got a size
medium and it fits perfect.

  • Chest Size:
  • Feels too big
  • Sleeve Length:
  • Feels true to length
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great Sweater

By soz

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Flattering
  • Great Color
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Going Out
    • Layering

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    I bought this sweater in green a few years ago and still love it. It's warm, attractive and distinct in style.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Take me away.

    By Terry the Traveler

    from Myrtle Beach, SC

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

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flattering
    • Great Color
    • Stylish
    • Versatile
    • Warm

    Cons

    • Itchy

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Going Out
    • Layering
    • Travel
    • Work

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    Stylish and very generous cut. Beautiful craftsmanship. Nice alternative to coat. The wool was very scratchy feel to me so I will wear long sleeves and high neck under it.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Mary loves this sweater1

    By Grandma

    from Minnesota

    About Me Comfort-oriented, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

    It is all she expected of it!

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

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE IT!

    By Katrina

    from Northern Kentucky

    About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Cold Weather
      • Going Out
      • Layering
      • Travel

      Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

      I love the color which is true to the advertising, the warmth of the sweater, and the stylishness. I may have to get one in red for Christmas.

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent product.

      By Bill

      from Charlottesville, Va

      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Flattering
      • Great Color
      • Soft
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Cold Weather
        • Going Out
        • Layering
        • Travel
        • Work

        Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

        Excellent product. My wife received many compliments.

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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Irish Sweater Jacket

        By none

        from Oakland, Ca.

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Color
        • Soft
        • Versatile
        • Warm
        • Was Glad To See Product C

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Layering

          Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

          I was pleased to see that this sweater was made in Westport, County Mayo where my mother was born. A beautiful town.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels too long
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love this sweater!

          By Cathi

          from Missouri

          About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Flattering
          • Great Color
          • Stylish
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Cold Weather
            • Going Out
            • Layering

            Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

            This is a great sweater for cold weather.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Sleeve Length:
            • Feels true to length
             
            5.0

            I love this sweater!!!!!

            By Katherine

            from Woodbridge, VA

            About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • Cold Weather
              • Layering
              • Travel
              • Work

              Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

              I love these sweaters. I have this general item in green and red and now grey. Lovely as a "jacket" over black slacks and turtleneck. It is warm and fashionable...just the ticket for cold-weather fashion.

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

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Beautiful Sweater Jacket, but too bulky

              By Arthursmomma

              from Cincinnati, OH

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Fit

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Irish Sweater Jacket:

                  I really liked the look of this in the catalog. When it arrived, I contemplated keeping it for almost a month. I never wore it, except to try it on several times, deciding if I should keep it and alter it. The arms were huge, in both radius at the shoulder and in length. I ordered the smallest size available, but it was just too bulky and long for my 5'2" frame. I didn't want to return it, but did because of the cost and fact that I probably wouldn't wear it.

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

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