Monday, December 01, 2008

'Knit' a holiday sweater

Apparently, ugly holiday sweater parties are all the rage in some circles. Guests are invited to wear their most garish holiday sweater --the one with glitter, bells, reindeer, Christmas trees, Santa -- the more bling the merrier. Vintage stores report a run on holiday sweaters this time of year.

Now you can 'knit' your own holiday sweater and make it as wild and amazing as you like, thanks to the folks at

Browse their gallery of holiday sweaters, then 'knit' your own, selecting the style, color and embellishments.

Confession time -- do any of you own a holiday sweater like this? Do you wear it?

The closest I come is a fleece top with a snowman and birds -- and yes, I do wear it.



Anonymous carol said...

I received one as a christmas gift from my MIL, immediately chucked it to the back of a drawer, found it and gave it to a friend's mother. I felt like a christmas tree in it.

1:13 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Nope, and nope. I'm very bah humbug about the holiday most of the time.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

I love glitter but the holidays are the only time I feel justified in wearing sparkly things. (Maybe a Rita nomination would also bring out the closet sequin-wearer in me.) I have some very shiny stuff that I wear with joy. My favorite is a pair of rhinestone earrings shaped like Rudolph complete with red nose. I get lots of comments on those. My sweaters tend to be a bit more circumspect these days but I have a few older ones that glitter.

Cindi, I'm glad you brought this up because I'm going to go unearth all my holiday finery since it's officially December today.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Flo Moyer said...

I would wear that sweater if it didn't have the Santa.

No Christmas sweaters, but I do have three older Christmas sweatshirts. I really need/want a new one, but all that I see right now are light up ones--I draw the line there.

I'm about to make what I consider a "Christmas sweater", but it will be a cardigan in Victorian red. I've decided to put a hood on it and trim it in chocolate fun fur.

Flo--also an author who LOVES to knit.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

FLo -- your red sweater with the chocolate fun fur trim sounds gorgeous! Send a picture when it's done. What pattern are you using?

5:10 PM  
Blogger Katminder said...

absolutely! I have several, all bring me great derision from my family and friend! The worst one has jingle bells! I realize not just anyone could pull these off, not the sweaters, the style! Besides, it gives people the thrill of thinking they are more stylish than me and the grandkids love 'em! Sometimes its fun to be silly!

6:26 PM  
Blogger Katminder said...

That site is hilarious! I made several dahling sweaters for my friends... they'll look so festive at Christmastime.

7:06 PM  
Blogger BeadKnitter said...

I have several christmas sweaters and vests. I had my own yarn shop for several years and wore them to work between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now I don't get to wear them much cos I'm home most of the time. I do love a good gaudy Christmas sweater.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Three cheers for Silly. All bets are off from December 1st through the 31st. I've had many a silly sweater or sweatshirt in my day and hope to have many more. And, although I won't admit it anywhere else, I've been known to don sequined reindeer antlers if the moment is right.

11:43 PM  
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2:08 AM  
Blogger georg said...

I don't mind silly. Which is perhaps silly of me...

But there are a couple of dogs around here who are getting reindeer antlers for Kissmoose.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Flo Moyer said...

Thanks, Cindi. I'm thinking of trying one on Knitty:

Only I would put buttons on it and probably ribbing at the bottom. It does have the hood look I want. Then I would just add the fur trim.

Or, I did a couple of sweaters of my own pattern and I found a way to add a hood. I might try that only with buttons. (Picture of sweater mentioned is on one of my blogs.)
Thanks for asking. I love talking knitting.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I wore my holiday sweaters up until a few years ago when someone asked me if I was going to one of these parties. Don't wear them anymore.

12:28 PM  

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