Fisherman Sweaters


Fisherman Sweaters

A classic sweater that every guy should have

Inis Meain cashmere Aran sweater

Leading men from Steve McQueen to Chris Evans have made fisherman sweaters popular on the big screen. But before they did, they were initially worn by—you guessed it—fishermen and farmers beginning in the 18th and 19th centuries. The official name of this type of sweater is Aran, which derives from the Aran Islands off the West coast of Ireland. It's notable for using intricately textured stitch patterns, several of which are combined in a single garment. The sweater is typically knitted from hardy sheep's wool—warm and moisture-wicking enough to be worn in inclement weather.

Although the original sweater was made from wool, other brands today have reinterpreted this classic with easier-to-wear cotton and even cashmere. Several colors and prints have brought new life into this garment; however, we will always be reaching for the classic cream-colored one—it's versatile and looks good on anyone. How much you want to spend is entirely up to you, but one thing is for certain, these will always be in style and keeping you warm.



The Cotton Option

• This is 100% cotton and machine washable, so it's easy to wear and care for

• Ribbed collar, hem and cuffs to ensure a slimmer fit

• Sweater has a looser knit in the design so you may feel a breeze

• Raglan sleeves that may run long, so cuff the sleeves where your wrists are

Signature cotton fisherman sweater,
$109 by L.L. Bean


The Classic Option

• Made from 90% soft wool and 10% cashmere

• Hand washing only

• Classic style, but thinner and not as bulky

• Runs small, so you may want to take the next size up

Iconic fisherman's sweater,
$268 / $229.99 by Polo Ralph Lauren


The Hand-Knit Option

• Hand-knit in an Aran Islands workshop from a classic Donegal yarn

• Made from ultra-soft 70% merino wool and 30% cashmere

• Crafted using organic and quality dyes for environmentally friendly colors

• Don't wear underneath other wool fabrics to prevent pilling

Cashmere Aran sweater,
$695 by Inis Meáin

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