Ladies Button Knitted Cardigan
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- Our super soft cardigan is constructed of 100% Soft Merino Wool that keeps you warm without the classic scratchiness of other wools.
- Our beautifully constructed Ladies Button Knitted Cardigan contains Cable, Diamond, and Trellis Stitching, each a classic example of Aran sweater design, symbolizing the ropes of fishermen, their nets, and the baskets with which they bring in their day’s haul.
- Irish Style Patch Pockets accent the front of our versitile cardigan, giving a workman’s like quality to this fashionable sweater.
- The cardigan is available in sizes small through extra large without any change to the knit pattern, ensuring complete adherence to the Aran design.
- Our cardigan is made in Ireland by the renowned West End company, which has a long history of producing some of the finest Irish Arans available.
Manufacturer: Aran Crafts
A popular bestseller, this lovely sweater will bring chic sophistication to any look and is destined to become a cold-weather staple in your closet. The beautiful knit patterns of the sweater are highlighted by the thick-gauge wool used to construct it, ensuring both sophistication and comfort. Finished with leather-covered buttons, a v-neck cardigan style with lapels that reference formal jackets, as well as two front pockets for the woman on the go, this sweater is as versatile as it is stunning. Leave the collar down on warmer days, or unbutton the lapels and wrap them around your neck if you happened to forget a scarf.
The original Aran sweaters were made in a traditional crewneck design, but this sweater takes the knit patterns of the oldest sweaters and applies them to a distinctly modern style, the cardigan. Originally a piece of men’s formalwear, the cardigan has become a versatile staple of both men’s and women’s wardrobes since the middle of the last century. This sweater references that menswear heritage with the lapels and front pockets, while its unlined construction makes if a thoroughly feminine piece of outerwear.
The cable, diamond, and trellis patterns are Irish knitwear design classics, and they add a wonderful depth and texture to the sweater. Each pattern holds a special significance to the people of the Aran Islands, who for generations made their living on the sea, whether by fishing or harvesting seaweed. The cable pattern is representative of the ropes of the fishermen and symbolizes the promise of a good catch. The diamond pattern is reflective of the diamond-shaped seaweed farms on the islands as well as the nets of fishermen and represent good fortune. The trellis design is representative of the baskets the islanders use to haul up their catch and sell it at market, also a design that represents the hope of good fortune when it comes time to sell.
Aran sweaters were first worn by the residents of the remote Aran Islands in the west of Ireland in Galway Bay. Long isolated, the islands have little sustenance except what is provided by the sea. They are rugged, stony islands that breed hearty people in need of warmth when the cold Atlantic winds blow in from the west. This distinct style of knitting developed as a way to provide insulation better than a flat sweater, as the air would get trapped in the raised patterns and heat up with the body’s warmth. Since then, the patterns have become emblematic of the rugged beauty of the islands and the Irish more generally.
The sweater is crafted by West End Knitwear, a family-owned company founded in County Kildare in 1957 after recognizing a commercial need for fashion-forward Aran designs. The company was started by Molly Cullen, who spent years hand knitting sweaters with her mother and grandmother and sought to incorporate those patterns into sweaters for people who could not afford the time to knit them themselves. As one of the oldest, and by far the largest knitwear manufacturer in Ireland, West End Knitwear devotes itself to rigorous standards of construction, finish, and design, constantly adapting to the fashions of the day while maintaining a tradition of Aran patterning that it refuses to lose. Each piece is at once a testament to the hearty work of the original hand knitters of Aran sweaters as well as the entrepreneuring spirit of Irish ingenuity and forward thinking.
Available in several colors, this Ladies Button Knitted Cardigan is perfect as an extra fashionable layer whenever the weather turns cold.
Product Features We Adore
There are five eye-catching buttons down the front of this Aran Cardigan!
The V-neck design in this cardigan add a classy feel for the woman wearing it!
Two big pockets at the front of this cardigan are perfect for the woman always on the go!