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Aran Islands A-line Cardigan

Price: $159.00

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This flattering A-line cardigan is a contemporary take on classic Aran sweaters, those thick, textured knits that were inspired by fisherman sweaters and developed into an international symbol of Irish culture. Although their exact origins have already become shrouded in myth and legend, Aran sweaters are a major reason that these rugged and picturesque islands are popular with summer sightseers.


Our merino wool cardigan flares slightly over the hips and features honeycomb, cable, and diamond stitches.


Made in Ireland. 100% merino wool. Women's sizes S (4-6), M (8-10), L (12-14), XL (16-18).


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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Aran Islands A-line Cardigan
 
3.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

PERFECT!

Winters are cold here and this sweater meets practical needs as well as being very beautiful, well-crafted, and stylish. It matches exactly my ivory colored slacks, which I already had. It's been...Read complete review

Winters are cold here and this sweater meets practical needs as well as being very beautiful, well-crafted, and stylish. It matches exactly my ivory colored slacks, which I already had. It's been a very long time since I last owned a 100% wool sweater, which I can't just toss into the washer and dryer, but the beauty and authenticity of this garment is worth the effort of handwashing or dry cleaning.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Returning

This sweater was too big and because it is loosely knit (unlike the "thick textured knits" that this garment is inspired by), it stretches while being worn. Although the arm...Read complete review

This sweater was too big and because it is loosely knit (unlike the "thick textured knits" that this garment is inspired by), it stretches while being worn. Although the arm length should have been only a touch too long according to the measurements, it was several inches too long.

The waist also did not hit in a flattering position. Although the chest size of the sweater is the same as my own, the waist ran high, almost like an empire waist. This sweater will not flatter anyone with a large bust.

The buttons are made from plastic made to look like wood. They look nice, but do not feel very good.

I was also disappointed at the construction of the sweater. The fabric is machine knit and then cut to the right shape (rather than knit to the right shape) which meant that the side seams needed to be over-locked by a serger. This wouldn't necessarily be a deal-breaker, but it was done rather loosely and lots of little bits of yarn stick out between the over-locking stitch, which does not bode well for it to stand up to the test of time. I'm assuming that this was done because the sweater it knit at such a loose gauge as to make it drapey. Not acceptable for such an expensive sweater.

The sweater has a nice feel to it. It is not excessively scratchy, but is also not super soft. It doesn't feel overly processed and may retain a bit of the natural lanolin. This is not a sweater you would want to wear next to your skin.

If you do wish to purchase this sweater, I would recommend wearing it with negative ease (the sweater should be a smaller measurement than your own measurements with whatever you'd like to wear under it).

This is certainly going back for a return. The men's Aran sweaters look like they are knit at a much tighter gauge and I wish that retailers would realize that women like a warm, structured sweater, too.

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1.0

NA

By NA

from Bay Area, CA

Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

Nice product, but did not have a chance to use, because the size was wrong.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Returning

By Boston Knitter

from Boston, MA

Pros

    Cons

    • Too Big

    Best Uses

      Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

      This sweater was too big and because it is loosely knit (unlike the "thick textured knits" that this garment is inspired by), it stretches while being worn. Although the arm length should have been only a touch too long according to the measurements, it was several inches too long.

      The waist also did not hit in a flattering position. Although the chest size of the sweater is the same as my own, the waist ran high, almost like an empire waist. This sweater will not flatter anyone with a large bust.

      The buttons are made from plastic made to look like wood. They look nice, but do not feel very good.

      I was also disappointed at the construction of the sweater. The fabric is machine knit and then cut to the right shape (rather than knit to the right shape) which meant that the side seams needed to be over-locked by a serger. This wouldn't necessarily be a deal-breaker, but it was done rather loosely and lots of little bits of yarn stick out between the over-locking stitch, which does not bode well for it to stand up to the test of time. I'm assuming that this was done because the sweater it knit at such a loose gauge as to make it drapey. Not acceptable for such an expensive sweater.

      The sweater has a nice feel to it. It is not excessively scratchy, but is also not super soft. It doesn't feel overly processed and may retain a bit of the natural lanolin. This is not a sweater you would want to wear next to your skin.

      If you do wish to purchase this sweater, I would recommend wearing it with negative ease (the sweater should be a smaller measurement than your own measurements with whatever you'd like to wear under it).

      This is certainly going back for a return. The men's Aran sweaters look like they are knit at a much tighter gauge and I wish that retailers would realize that women like a warm, structured sweater, too.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Size not accurate

      By Not as big as NG thinks I am

      from Dallas

      Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

      Not only was the size way off, NG wanted to charge return shipping and new shipping for correct size sweater. My response was "No Thanks"

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this item

      By PENNA. GAL

      from Maryland

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Well Made Eye Catching

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Can Be Worn Anytime

      Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

      item worn can be worn with a light sweater underneath
      very warm have worn it this way with a scarf love the look

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this sweater

      By Lab mom

      from RI

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Flattering
      • Great with jeans or dress
      • Lightweight
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great W Dress Pants
        • Great w Jeans

        Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

        I wear this product with jeans or casual pants to work and with dress pants to events and church. I receive compliments about it every time I wear it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blue wool sweater

        By Cathy

        from Minnesota

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

        Pretty blue wool

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        PERFECT!

        By Miss P

        from Iowa City, IA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • A perfect match
        • Exactly what I wanted

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Pretty Casual Wear

        Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

        Winters are cold here and this sweater meets practical needs as well as being very beautiful, well-crafted, and stylish. It matches exactly my ivory colored slacks, which I already had. It's been a very long time since I last owned a 100% wool sweater, which I can't just toss into the washer and dryer, but the beauty and authenticity of this garment is worth the effort of handwashing or dry cleaning.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Pretty, but too big, so it's going back

        By Jewelery Maker

        from Seattle, WA

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

        This sweater looked great on the model. I'm a 4 P, so wear an XS. But can sometimes I can wear a small in something that's being used as a jacket. I've been looking for a reasonably priced Irish/Aran cardigan to replace one that's falling apart, and this looked so stylish. I loved the variety of stitches. But I should have paid attention to those reviewers who said it runs big. The over-all length was fine, but not the width in the torso, or in the sleeves. I wore it once, leaving the label in, over my heaviest sweater, to check it out. No compliments, and I felt very sloppy. So it's going back, reluctantly. If it came in an XS P, or even just an XS, I'd be very happy to keep it. National Geographic, please start carrying XS!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Aran IsIands A-Line Cardigan

        By pooh

        from fla

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • PERFECT

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

            Warm Thick Can Wear With Jeans Or Dresses Very Sexy and Stylist.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Sweater

            By Kristy

            from Chehalis, WA

            Pros

            • Loved The Quality Classy

            Cons

            • Runs large

            Best Uses

              Comments about Aran Islands A-line Cardigan:

              Sent it back and ordered the next size down. Have teat to receive it. Sent it back mid December. I did receive confirmation of its return. Can't wait to wear it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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