The nip is in the air, the goosebumps are returning, and our desire for cozy knits are back. Ah yes, it appears we’ve officially entered sweater season once again. While we can’t get enough of super-soft cashmere pullovers, easy cardigans, and long sweater dresses, there’s one iconic style that transcends the rest, and that’s the cable-knit sweater.
Also known as the Aran sweater (named for the islands off the coast of Ireland), the cable-knit sweater is a century-old style that has kept the Galway fisherpeople toasty on the northern seas. The cozy factor comes from the unique braid-like cable patterns, of course, which creates a stiffer, chunkier, and denser handfeel that doubles down on providing warmth.
While the traditional fisherman cable-knit is still synonymous with (and beloved by) Irish sea folks, for the purpose of dressing for modern-day Fashion (with a capital F), this classic sweater has been updated, reimagined, and reknit into new and exciting silhouettes that are chic for any off-shore fall look. Ahead, check out the best cable-knit sweater trends that are sure to make your cold-weather months feel like a warm hug.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Oversized Cable-Knit SweatersBig comfort, big warmth, big cables — these oversized sweaters are perfect for layering.
Free People Leslie Cable Knit Oversize Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom
Anrabess Oversized Cable Knit Chunky Pullover, $, available at Amazon
Mango Oversize knit sweater, $, available at MangoCable-Knit CardigansIf you prefer to wear your cable-knit sweater as lightweight outerwear, consider it in cardigan form.
Jenni Kayne Cable Cocoon Cardigan, $, available at Jenni Kayne
American Eagle Oversized Cable Knit Button-Up Cardigan, $, available at American Eagle
Naadam Cropped Cable Knit Cardigan, $, available at NaadamCropped Cable-Knit SweatersThe cropped cable-knit sweater is proof that the traditional style can work as a shorter-hem pullover.
Missguided camel cable knit cropped sweater, $, available at Missguided
Line & Dot Jasper Fringe Cable Knit Sweater, $, available at Shopbop
Reformation Alfio Cashmere Cable Short Set, $, available at ReformationClassic Cable-Knit Crew Neck SweatersYou can never go wrong with a straightforward style. These cable-knit sweaters lean more classic, but still have modern-day details like roomy sleeves or looser, lighter-weight knitted patterns.
Free People Dream Cable Crewneck Sweater, $, available at Free People
Banana Republic Fisherman Cable-Knit Sweater, $, available at Banana Republic
Old Navy Lightweight Cable-Knit Sweater for Women, $, available at Old NavyCable-Knit Sweater VestsIf you’re all in on the sweater-vest trend, grab one with a cable-knit pattern for a cool, preppy look.
Abercrombie and Fitch Cable Knit V-Neck Sweater Vest, $, available at Abercrombie and Fitch
iets frans Cable Sweater Vest, $, available at Urban Outffiters
Lattelier Cable Knit Cashmere Vest, $, available at …read more