Friday, December 16, 2011

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Yesterday I decided I needed a Christmas gift for a family we know, so I thought an ornament might be a good idea. 

As I searched through the Ravelry pattern database looking for something to inspire me, it occurred to me that an Ugly Christmas Sweater would make a fantastic ornament. 

I was right.

I'm not publishing an official pattern, but I am happy to share the charts and the general process for anyone who wants to make their own Ugly Christmas Sweater ornament.

I used Knit Picks Palette but any fingering weight yarn would work (I bought the original complete set of 30 balls when it first came out, so I had all the colors on hand),  I used size 2 needles, which gave me a gauge of 7.5 sts/in. The final measurements are about 3" across the sweater body (not including sleeves) and 3.75" in length.

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Gray boxes indicate "no stitch," which means CO 22 sts, then inc 1 st in Row 4. At the top, they show where the neck bind off occurs and additional rows are worked for each shoulder.

Black dots represent purl sts (i.e. first 2 rows are k1p1 ribbing)
Single squares of color (like for eyes or buttons or nose) indicate French Knot. 

I knit the front and the back, using the intarsia technique, although I did strand the white across the back of the tree trunk and the star, since they were so small.  Later, I added French Knots for the snowman's eyes and buttons, as well as the reindeer's eyes and nose.  I knit in the reindeer's head, but used duplicate stitch to add the antlers.

I left the shoulder sts live for the front and back and joined using a 3-needle bind off.  I picked up the sts for the sleeves and knit down to the cuff.  For the sleeve with the snowflakes, I knit it all in green and embroidered them on later.  The snowman's arms were embroidered using outline stitch.

For the tree, I had some stretchy silver beading thread  that I used to string the "lights" and the tinsel was silver metallic embroidery floss, which was a real pain in the rear to work with.  Oh, and I added some fringe to the snowman's scarf with short lengths of the green yarn and I embroidered a carrot nose, too.

I did all the embellishing and wove in ends before doing the seaming.

I seamed using mattress stitch (just a 1/2 st each side for the sleeves, but a full stitch each side for the body).

I didn't bother picking up sts and knitting a ribbed neck, although I originally planned to.


twinsetellen said...

This is awesome, Rox. and very fashionable this year - everyone is wearing the ugly christmas sweater!

Ann said...

That is awesome! Even now, weeks after Christmas.

AnneMarie said...

wow - these are great. It's hard to find the knitting instructions, so thx for including!

Unknown said...

Beautiful patterns I'm loading up my needles now
Thank you so much for sharing

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Nora N. Garza said...

You are so clever. Thank you for sharing this absolutely adorable Christmas sweater. Both sides are picture worthy.

Enterno said...

Very helpfull!