This Cable Stitch Poncho is a beautiful example of Irish design updated in a contemporary style. The chunky knit is reminiscent of the earliest Aran fishermens sweaters, made to keep fishermen warm as they worked on the harsh Atlantic seas. Knit from 100% merino wool, this poncho is a far cry from the originals in just about every other respect, being super soft to the touch and non-irritating to the skin. The cut of the poncho is resolutely modern, with a contemporary cowl collar that can be layered over a tee or collared shirt. The central cable pattern reflects the seafaring heritage of the original sweaters, representing the ropes of the fishermen and the promise of a good catch and hope for good fortune. The geometric patterning present on the rest of the sweater draws attention to this beautiful knit pattern, which prides itself on updating traditional Irish knit patterns for the 21st century.