Fisherman Sweaters

The Aran sweater, which most of us know as the fisherman sweater, takes its name from the set of islands where it originated in the late 1800s, off the West coast of Ireland. There are numerous myths and folklore associated with the cable patterned, cream-colored sweater, most of them related to fishermen and sailors once lost at sea. Today, versions of the fisherman sweater are seen everywhere and we just can’t get enough – it’s a classic and a definitely a wardrobe staple.

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  1. Mira wrote:

    Very versatile and they look great on everyone. Well they do on the photos. I have to get one too 😀

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  2. Is it an addiction if I have 4….? Love every one of those looks!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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  3. Rachelle wrote:

    A classic hard to pull it off her in South Florida.

    xo
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  4. Kia wrote:

    Such great Outfits, I love those <3

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  5. Karen A wrote:

    I love the thought of wearing the sweater with a skirt and sandals for spring. very cute.

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  6. STEL STYLE wrote:

    I am a big fan of this sweater style, You can wear them in so many difference ways!

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  7. jane wrote:

    They’re so cool <3 And perfect for chilly Spring!!

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  8. Denisa wrote:

    All looks perfect. Have a nice day.

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  9. Louise wrote:

    Wow, never knew it was called a fisherman sweater and that it has such history!

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  10. Zoe Gruss wrote:

    Love these sweaters! A lot of retail stores are introducing this style to their winter collections. Everyone needs a cable knit jersey in their winter wardrobe as they are so versatile – you could wear it with a very feminine skirt or with a pair of jeans for a more casual look.

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  11. Iren wrote:

    I adore this type of sweater, also having a pair or even more…

    xoxo Iren
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  12. Fisherman sweaters are great staples for any wardrobe, they really can be used for three seasons.
    There a lot of vintage fisherman sweaters in thrift stores.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

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  14. Oooo. I need one. My wardrobe is lacking a big comfy versatile sweater 🙂 Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

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  15. i was on the hardest core hunt for a good deal on one of these last fall and sadly got discouraged. but i will definitely be trying again this year!

    <3becky
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  16. Y. Rose wrote:

    Can’t wait for Autumn/Fall. I still have one I bought in Italy about 20 yrs. ago…………..Actually, I can wear it on cool/foggy days during the Summer! Love this look!

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  17. Y. Rose wrote:

    p.s. Love the hat with netting! Just thinking the other day how I wish that look would make a come-back!

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  18. dimitri wrote:

    I really love this sweater style. So pretty and stylish looks.

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  19. Anders wrote:

    I’m from Scandinavia and that’s not what we call a Fisherman’s sweater!
    This is what we normally call a Fisherman’s sweater: http://www.ekotextil.se/PICTURE/fiskartrjaullvit.jpg

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  20. well, i love them, but for now im too fat for them – it just adds me few more kg so im OUT for it ;c

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  21. vasilieva wrote:

    oh, so loving all these sweaters. cable knits all the way

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  22. I’ve had the same one for over 20 years!

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  23. KIM wrote:

    I love the combination with the beige skirt! Very stylish yet young…
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  24. Jocelina wrote:

    Definitely a good basic for every wardrobe although I would prefer it in a bright color :o)

    xxx Jocelina

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  25. Paty wrote:

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

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  26. Michelle wrote:

    These types of sweaters never seem to go out of style and you can wear them with so many different things!

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  27. I need to start wearing mine again!!

    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

    5.25.13
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  28. Lauren wrote:

    I love an Aran jumper, an oversized one is perfect for summer nights

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

    5.25.13
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  29. McKenzie wrote:

    It can be worn in so many different ways, it’s great! Love the second outfit!

    http://currentlylovingblog.blogspot.com/

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  30. Michele wrote:

    Beautiful sweaters, we all had them years ago, everything old becomes new again. However, they are great
    on everyone, larger busts seem to increase in size when wearing these bulky type patterned sweaters, take
    it from experience, short heavier on top laides should avoid these.

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  31. This is a great sweater that is receiving a lot of press. It is also featured on the cover of the WSJ magazine section this weekend. I have been looking for the perfect fisherman’s sweater for awhile. Any suggestions? I prefer it not to be made out of only wool.

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  32. Adriana wrote:

    Very cute!

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  33. Shelley wrote:

    Love the fisherman sweater! Fashionable and practical, especially up here in Canada!
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  34. Caroline wrote:

    Have 3 of these Aran sweaters, beautiful originals from http://www.aransweatermarket.com

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  35. Mun wrote:

    One of those pieces that is super versatile and could be worn to death!

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  36. So many are influence by Irish aran patterns now. The June edition of the wall street journal magazine had a cable knit pattern as well as Ralph Lauren wearing one himself at the finale of the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at St. John Center Studios in New York City.

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  37. Hey Caroline, thanks so much for the mention of our products – absolutely love the styling of these fishermen sweaters, some fantastic ideas on the versatility of Aran knitwear

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  38. alie wrote:

    love those cardigan sweaters : http://www.oasap.com/4-sweaters-cardigans

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  40. Brenda wrote:

    The aran sweater style is a truly timeless look, particularly, the classic chunky irish knit sweaters as mentioned in your article. My partner also has a cosy oversized aran sweater which is a firm favourite during the cold winter months!

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  42. gary walters wrote:

    I would like to inquire about the honey comb sweater in your pictures she is wearing a dark colored scarf type hat with a netting covering her face

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