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Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket

Price: $165.00

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For more than a century, knitters on Ireland's rugged Aran islands have been developing the intricate stitches for which their sweaters are known. This belted cardigan mixes today's style with time-honored handcrafted technique in a cable and trellis pattern.


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Two front patch pockets. Made in Ireland of 100% merino wool. 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.

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Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Irish belted sweatef

This is a beautifully knit sweater. The belt loops are at least 1 1/2" too high even for my average height of 5' 6". Unfortunately I tried to cut...Read complete review

This is a beautifully knit sweater. The belt loops are at least 1 1/2" too high even for my average height of 5' 6". Unfortunately I tried to cut them off only to discover they are knit as part of the sweater body-- not sewn on separately. It created a Hole which I had to very carefully hand sew closed. Other than that I love the sweater. A great weight for a cool day instead of wearing a coat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor fit

I've knit sweaters from merino wool, and they are lovely and soft. This yarn feels coarse and scratchy. The sleeves are 4" too long, and I have long arms. The...Read complete review

I've knit sweaters from merino wool, and they are lovely and soft. This yarn feels coarse and scratchy. The sleeves are 4" too long, and I have long arms. The belt is too short and the belt loops are too high. I'm returning it for an exchange.

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5.0

Irish sweater jacket

By TomVFPLC

from cincinnati ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

stylish and warm

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Aran belted cardigan

By Rain

from upstate NewYork

Pros

  • I Like The Style L
  • The Belt Is A Good Length
  • The Size Small Fits Perfe

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Being Warm Comfortable

Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

Comfort
Style
Fit

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I expected.

By Maria W

from Texas

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Fitting
  • Great Price
  • Nice Color
  • Perfect Lenght
  • Really Warm
  • Soft Material
  • Super Comfy

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Going To Work
  • Perfect For These Cold Mo
  • Relaxing At Home
  • Run Errands

Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

When I first saw this sweater, I wasn't sure what size to order. After reading other people's reviews and checking on the size chart I ordered the Small in the grey color.
When the sweater arrived and I tried it on, Surprise, it fitted PERFECT !!!
The sleeves look normal and the belt is not as short as other people said, mine looks just like the one in the picture.
I'm a petite 5'3" and 110 Lbs. and this sweater looks and feels GREAT!!!
Thanks NG for the beautiful and unique clothing you bring to us.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE this sweater. It has pockets. So warm and gorgeous

By Angel

from San Jose CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Wear With Anything

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • I Love Being Warm
  • I Love Looking Good
  • It Meets Every Need

Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

Perfect for me. It is so warm and beautiful. Love it. I wear it for my walk in this cooler weather and wear it to the store and church too. It is a great color to wear with everything and a great sweater to look casual or dressy.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a great product

By Skippy

from Seneca Pennsylvania

Verified Buyer

Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

This is one of the best sweaters I have ever seen. I bought this as a gift for my wife and now that it is one or she wears it all the time.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very disappointed

By actress

from Hot Springs Village,AR

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Red Color
  • Nice wool

Cons

  • Belt Way Too Shoprt
  • Belt Way Too Short
  • Skimpy

Best Uses

    Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

    It's warm

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WORTH THE PRICE

    By SMITH

    from MIAMI

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

    THANKS

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great item. Recommend as a super gift.

    By Tank

    from Denver, CO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Very Nice Item Should G

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

        A perfect gift. Very nice for winter and cooler days. Well made.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Poor fit

        By hand knitter

        from Rocky Mountains

        Pros

        • Nice color
        • Tag Names The Stitches
        • Well Made

        Cons

        • Belt too short
        • Sleeves too long
        • Yarn Is Scratchy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

          I've knit sweaters from merino wool, and they are lovely and soft. This yarn feels coarse and scratchy. The sleeves are 4" too long, and I have long arms. The belt is too short and the belt loops are too high. I'm returning it for an exchange.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Belt not as shown

          By Sheltie Mom

          from Waterloo, IA

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Irish Aran Belted Sweater Jacket:

          Beautiful sweater jacket, but the belt is not nearly as long as shown in the photo, which makes it look cheap. Very disappointed for the price point.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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