A Really Good Sweater

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Rick from CA on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A great sweater for the money. I wouldn't be overly impressed if I had paid retail.

This is not a hand knit, and the panels are not hand linked. Consequently the seams are a bit pronounced, stiff, and bulky compared to a hand knit. I point this out only because other reviews have implied this sweater provides hand knit quality at a bargain price; it doesn't. Having stated that this is a really nice sweater for what it is.

The yarn the sweater is knitted from is not tightly twisted (worsted?) and so the sweater can catch on things more easily than other sweaters, it's not going to last long looking good if you wear it as knock-around clothing. The basket weave in the front of the panel is a fairly open stitch and you will want to wear a color similar to the sweater's to avoid your undershirt showing through. A navy tee shirt works with my navy sweater just fine.

On size, I think the size is true. I wear a 44 regular and a 16 1/2 x 36 shirt and I opted for the extra large after ordering large and XL at the same time. The large fit ok, but if it shrank ANY it would have been too small in a hurry. The XL is generous but comfy. Heed the comments that warn this sweater will shrink if you hand wash. I think it may shrink a very small amount even if drycleaned, at least the first cleaning.

I had ordered a JG Glover sweater before from STP and the waist band was blown out, not snug at all. This sweater from JGG fits as it should though. It's very well made, the stitches are the classic for an Aran crew, the wool is soft and comfy if just a bit delicate. It's as good as I hoped it would be and I recommend it.
  • Best Uses: Casual Wear
  • Chest Size: Feels true to size
  • Describe Yourself: Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper, Practical
  • Length: Feels true to length
  • Pros: Comfortable, High Quality, Stylish
  • Sleeve Length: Feels true to length
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