Irish sweaters have long exuded a warm charm, but when they are made in a cardigan design, they have a very sophisticated and professorial air about them that makes them ideal for both work and play. The American collegiate elite first adopted cardigans, which were originally adapted from the British waistcoat and made with basic stitches in hues like navy and maroon, in the early 20th century. The cardigan was fully elevated to an art form when the traditional Aran stitches were included in the mix. All of our dapper men's cardigans are knitted in the traditional Irish traditions that date back to the 17th century, when hand-knitting was originally popularized in Ireland, using the softest and plushest of Irish wools (no scratchiness here!).

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Each stitch in an Aran cardigan has significance, and each type of stitch (moss, diamond, ladder, trellis, basket, cable, blackberry, and honeycomb) has a specific significance that reflects centuries of Irish history. Stitches can stand up for something as simple as money and success or as complex and all-encompassing as the tree of life. Your Aran sweater is a historical artifact that you wear (a very stylish piece).

These Men’s Irish Cardigans are starkly contemporary and stylish, yet their roots are in the long-standing Aran stitching tradition in Ireland that began with Aran sweaters. The Aran Islands, which are located off the western coast of Ireland, are where Aran sweaters originally became popular in the 1890s. Most men in the Aran Islands made their living primarily through fishing, therefore to keep them warm during the chilly winters, their wives and mothers would weave them these sweaters from un-scoured wool. In the 1950s and 1960s, cable knit sweaters unquestionably were very fashionable, and they were especially cherished for their intricate woven designs, each of which had a deep symbolic value.

 

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How should a Cardigan fit?

Don’t be reluctant to opt for a looser, more comfortable fit in this situation. Arans frequently appear better when they are not tightly hugging the body. A tightly knit and banded hem will enable you to put the sweater where you want it if the length needs to be changed.

Are Aran Cardigans worth it?

Aran cardigans are indeed worth the investment, as they are made with high-quality materials and will last for many years with proper care.

 

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