With a cabled pattern and traditional brown buttons, this Ladies Traditional Aran Cardigan is an instant classic. Cabled sweaters have been an important part of Irish culture since the late 19th century when Aran Islanders began knitting them to wear while fishing out on the Atlantic Ocean. The detailed cabled patterns added warmth to the sweater, and many of the different Aran stitches had individual meanings. Today, the stitched cables are more for decoration than for warmth, as the sweaters are now knit to be softer and more fashionable than they were 100 years ago.
This lovely Irish wool cardigan takes the classic Aran shape and makes it slim for a stylish, feminine fit. Fastened by small, brown, leather buttons, the cardigan is a perfect layer, whether open over a blouse or closed to keep out the cold. Small pockets on the front of the knit sweater offer a space for keys, phones, or chilly hands. Ribbing at the crew neck, cuffs, and waist of the sweater add detail and make a lovely contrast to the larger, more dramatic cables that decorate the body. The 100% Merino wool cardigan is wonderfully soft and available in natural for those who want a traditional look. Grey and green are also available for those who would like a more modern and colorful take on a classic.
Saol is a leading contemporary maker of knitwear in Ireland, producing modern interpretations of classic styles and patterns. To keep your modern-day piece of Irish nostalgia looking its best, hand wash in lukewarm water using a mild detergent, gently reshape, and lay flat to dry.