This stylish Green Irish Wool Cable Knit Cowl Neck Poncho for Women from Saol is a beautiful update to the classic Irish sweater tradition. The dramatic cabling on the front is based on Aran knitting patterns, which became famous in Ireland in the late 19th century. Today, the traditional Aran fisherman sweaters are known worldwide for their intricate cables and heavy knits, originally designed to keep islanders warm while out on the high seas. The cables were added to the sweaters to add additional bulk and warmth, and the sweaters were knit from Irish sheep wool, which was heavy with lanolin, an oily substance that repelled water. The different cabled patterns were even believed to have different meanings, and some claim that different families knit different patterns into their sweaters. Whatever the origin of the cabled knits, today they are a beautiful way to stand out in a crowd.
A wide, chunky cowl neck adds modern style to the traditional cables, as well as extra warmth, and the thinner cabling along the poncho’s sides complement the beautiful pattern on the front. Our cable cowl neck poncho was produced in Ireland by Saol, a revolutionary textile company that takes traditional Irish patterns and makes them accessible in the United States with a glamorous and contemporary spin.