The 16 Best Cable Knit Sweaters for Men, According to a Fashion Expert

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NOTHING READS relaxed elegance like a cable knit sweater. This cozy men’s must-have features raised cable patterns that resemble woven ropes or braid. Long before Chris Evans graced our screens Knives Ort, cable knit sweaters as we know them today were originally made for seafaring. Around 1900 these thick knits were produced on the Irish islands of Aran to keep fishermen warm at sea. Initially, the thick, enveloping patterns were intended to make the garments warmer and protect them from the elements.

The cable knit has remained a mainstay in the modern men’s wardrobe by reinventing itself without straying far from its sea-swept origins. Elvis Presley popularized a rebellious collared fisherman’s sweater Jailhouse Rock in 1957. Not long after, Steve McQueen was often photographed in the 1960s in his favorite cream knitwear, making it a sophisticated and timeless style. And who can forget Adam Driver’s après-ski turtleneck House of Gucci?

Today, the cable knit sweater is something of a one-stop shop: it’s comfortable, yet stylish enough to wear to the office and even to parties. Below are our favorites — from cardigans to crew necks and even turtlenecks — to keep you on track during the colder months.

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Best everyday cable knit sweater


Aran cable knit crew neck jumper

Best cable knit sweater for the office

Buck Mason

Ivory Donegal Cable Crew

Best Cable Knit Cardigan Sweater

Todd Snyder

Shawl cable cardigan

Best Cable Knit Shawl Collar Sweater

Good discussions

Super soft cable knit sweater with shawl collar

Best luxury cable knit sweater


Cable knit sweater


Signature fisherman’s jumper in cotton


Cable-knit sweater with a round neckline

J. Crew

Robust cable knit sweater made of merino wool

Fear of God Essentials

Oversized sweater with logo application and cable knit cotton blend


Low Gauge Aran Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater

Scot NYC

Round-neck sweater with cable stitch in a wool blend

Philip K

Braided Swedish wool sweater


Cable-knit sweater with a round neckline

Alex Mill

Fisherman cable turtleneck


Round-neck cable knit sweater

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The 16 Best Cable Knit Sweaters for Men, According to a Fashion Expert

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