Black Sheep Irish Fisherman's Sweater

A man's wardrobe is incomplete without our cable-knit crew neck sweater.


We took the undyed, naturally brownish-gray color of black sheep wool and combined it with a bit of white wool to get this distinctive, heathered color. This is a traditional cable-knit crewneck sweater that is a classic of Irish style and culture. Slip it over a collared shirt for a casual look and to take off the chill. Rib-knit finish at neck, cuffs, and hem. Pure wool. Hand wash or dry clean. Ireland.
Sizes: M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 217 reviews


198 of 217 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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  • 5/5

    Surprise ! - 10/23/2014
    By: from WA. State

    Excellent craftsmanship , beautiful artistic knit.

  • 5/5

    Stylish, great fit - 10/23/2014
    By: from Houston, TX

    Comfortable and warm which is helpful while traveling to cooler climes. Solid, quality product.

  • 1/5

    Hold Your Nose - 10/23/2014
    By: from Bergen County, NJ

    The sweater was very handsome. However, it smelled like a barn and the odor would not go away after several days of airing. I had to return it and I had wanted this sweater for several years.

  • 5/5

    It Even Washes Well in the North Pacific - 10/19/2014
    By: from Los Angeles

    I love this sweater, and have taken it on two Alaskan bear hunts. On the second trip, I took it off as the weather heated up in the afternoon and tied it around my waist on a coastal return from a stalk. Apparently I lost in on the beach. We found it three days later in the surf. I hung it on a scrub alder and let the rain rinse it out; the sun dry it out; and then shook it to get remaining sand out of it. I wore it on the plane rides home to Los Angeles!

  • 5/5

    Well Made - 10/14/2014
    By: from Madison, WI

    This sweater is well made, warm, and handsome. Another great purchase from Orvis.

  • 5/5

    Great Sweater - 10/6/2014
    By: from Canada

    I purchased this sweater for myself and its as good as I hoped it would be, fits great and my wife liked it also. I live in Canada and it is almost cold enough to start wearing it.

  • 4/5

    great sweater - 10/5/2014
    By: from vail, colorado

    warm, versatile, well made. perfect fall/winter layer.

  • 5/5

    Charming wooly! - 9/19/2014
    By: from Hampshire
    Top 1000 Contributor

    An XXL size in most Orvis items I've purchased has meant too much material in the waist area. I ordered an XXL sweater presuming that it would be slightly large for me and therefore loose, roomy and not to fitted, which is what I was hoping for. The XXL in this sweater is true to size and fits snuggly and although not as roomy as I'd hoped for, given previous sizing on other items, it is a keeper! Fairly heavy in weight, a lovely rustic feel to it and it smells like a sheep... I like the fact that it's not a tight knit and although it is a bit scratchy, a thin T shirt or normal shirt can be worn underneath. It looks perfect under a tweed jacket or coat and will definitely be welcome when the temperatures drop. It may stretch a little with wear, but that will only add to its charm.

  • 5/5

    Beautiful jumper - 9/17/2014

    This is a beautiful, thick, cosy jumper. Perfect for walks on chilly autumn days.

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