You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the beauty of these patterns. They all tell a story or are from specific villages of Ireland. The folks there can tell were a fisherman comes from by the sweater he wears. I make my afghans with a wool blend for softness and durability, yet they are machine washable. I do use the traditional Aran color but am glad to make them of other materials or colors. They are aprox. 4 1/2' - 5' wide by 5 1'2' - 6' long. Since the popularity of fringe comes and goes, I do not add fringe unless requested, at no extra charge.