Cable knitting in sweaters was first introduced as a way to identify dead fishermen who washed up onshore. Whoever knitted the sweater, usually a wife or mother, would know her unique cabling design and then, in turn, the cadaver on the shore.
Cable knitting today, luckily, has less to do with dying at sea and more to do with aesthetics, which is a big relief. American Trench has made their own iteration of this sea-faring classic with one big difference, it’s made of cotton! The Cotton Fisherman Sweater is thick, chunky, and textured, but doesn’t make you itchy, and is considerably lighter than its woolen brethren.
Many people are coming around to the cotton sweater and so should you. If you live somewhere cold, it makes for a great transitional piece or something for lounging around the house in, and if you live somewhere warm, it’s probably the only knitwear you’ll ever need. The cotton for these sweaters is turned into yarn in North Carolina and made into these beautiful sweaters in Brooklyn, NY.