Myth has it that the “fisherman” sweater, characterized by its prominent cable knit design, was used by seamen as a kind of ID card. Some hypothesize that wives knitted these sweaters with designs specific to their family clan so that if their husbands should drown, their bodies could potentially be identified by the knit pattern of his clothing. Creepy! Today, we largely reinterpret these cozy cover-ups as “chunky cable knit sweaters.” Use the ultra-warm goods as fall jackets now, and come winter, layer them to create an armor against cold. Check out our affordable picks after the jump!