As we move into October and the temperatures begin to plummet, it’s the right time to turn our attention to different styles of knitwear. To kick off, we’re taking a closer look at the cable knit in this week’s Menswear Diaries entry – from the style’s history to different ways of wearing it.
The origins of cable knit jumpers, which are also sometimes known as Aran jumpers, trace back to the the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. The hand-knitting techniques on the islands that led to the creation of the cable knit are said to have been introduced as early as the 17th century.
Next, the cable knit jumper was worn by fishermen as the style was chunky and durable enough to withstand the windy conditions out at sea. As well as this, the cable stitch on an Aran jumper was used to represent a fisherman’s ropes. It was said that wearing one would give you a better chance of having a fruitful day on the waves. Legendary actor Steve McQueen also made the style look great on the big screen (like pretty much everything else he wore, let’s be honest).
Today, the cable knit jumper is certainly not just restricted to being worn by fisherman, sailors and Hollywood actors. Instead it is a key piece in every man’s capsule winter wardrobe. We suggest wearing the knit under a well-cut blazer and tailored overcoat, or simply on its own with a pair of slim-fit black jeans.
Although traditionally crafted in a cream yarn, modern updates of the style have seen it dyed in different colours such as navy. Australian menswear blogger, Liam McKessar from Front Row Suit, rocks a navy cable knit cardi here by teaming it with a plain white tee and charcoal jeans. Effortless.
On Reiss: Our Chesterfield cable knit crew neck comes in a deep Russian navy and a vivid yellow. This luxurious style is perfect for layering over a denim shirt and teaming with tapered trousers and suede brogues.
On Reiss: For a bolder approach, opt for our monochrome-blocked cable knit jumper – Franko. Team yours with slim-fit black jeans for maximum style impact.
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