Cable-knit jumpers are a time-honoured classic in the knitwear world. Knitwear, in general, provides a romantic narrative for the approaching cold season – toasty fires and hot chocolate – but it was Burberry, Area and Erdem who kickstarted AW18s burgeoning love-affair with the vintage-style jumper.
At Burberry, a heavy honey-comb-style patterned jumper was the ultimate surprise layered underneath a delicate floral and lace dinner-party dress, while marle-grey ostrich feathers accompanied a tight cable-knit design at Erdem. It really is about grandad knits for cocktail hour: heavily embellished sequin skirts, rhinestone chains, chandelier earrings, billowing sleeves, bedazzling shoes and a chunky-knit jumper.
Burberry AW18. Source, Jason Lloyd Evans
Erdem AW18 catwalk. Source, Jason Llyod Evans
It could be said that this trend is a celebration of Irishness. The cable-knit is, after all, a derivative of the Aran jumper (an Aran pattern was designed differently for each family). Indeed if we’re to follow the advice of designers, we won’t be shivering in our evening-wear come party season. Here are ten splendid cable knits to try first-hand.
Pleated tweed cable jumper, €57 at topshop.com
Colour-block cable knit jumper, €49.95 at zara.com
Naqada jumper, €720 at fintanmulholland.com
Embroidered cable-knit sweater by Mira Mikati, €530 at net-a-porter.com
Three-tone sweater, €115 at uterque.com
The Julliard Mohair open back pullover, €389 at ganni.com
Cable knit wool jumper, €89 at cosstores.com
Cable-knit wool turtleneck sweater by Temperley London, €389 at theoutnet.com
Cream cable knit blanket stitch jumper, €18 at riverisland.ie
Unbridled bobble sweater, €920 at zimmermanwear.com