I have a hard time calling this an ugly sweater because it turned out so darn cute!! I combined two of my favorite patterns to make this Christmas Sweater just in time for this weeks festivities. It’s my Skinny Stripe Sweater and Gingerbread Gift Card Holder combined! And of course the colors and embellishments are totally customizable!
I chose a gorgeous green from the Bernat Super Value line and used red and white to make candy cane stripes. You can make more or less stripes to suit your taste. The stripes are rounds of single crochet stitches and the main color of the sweater is double crochet so feel free to alternate as much as you’d like.
The best part is the Gingerbread Man Gift Card Holder that is sewn to front of the sweater! Instead of gift cards, I put candy canes in the tummy pouch! You can hand them out to your friends and family when you see them for holiday parties!
– Bernat Super Value in Kelly Green (2 skeins for the XS size), Red, and white for the Sweater
– Bernat Super Value in Topaz and white for the Gingerbread Man
– Crochet Skinny Stripe Sweater Pattern
– Crochet Gingerbread Man Gift Card Holder Pattern
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
– Candy Canes (optional)
Follow the pattern for the skinny stripe sweater. There a few sizes available HERE in this blog post and I would suggest going up a hook size and adding rows for length on both the arms and body for bigger sizes. As you can see below, you start with the main body part (leaving arm holes) and then add the sleeves later. The longer your stitch count around the body, the wider it will be!
The main body of the sweater works up quickly. It’s very easy rounds of SC and DC stitches.
The ribbing on the sleeve cuffs, neckline, and bottom take the most time! After doing the neck ribbing, I found a better solution…
If you follow this tutorial for the Back Loop Single Crochet Ribbed Border by Daisy Farm Crafts, you can actually just work the ribbing right onto the sweater instead of crocheting it separately and then sewing it on. I still used the same ribbing pattern as in my sweater tutorial, but used the technique that Daisy Farm Crafts used for working it directly onto your project!
Now to jazz this bad boy up!
Earlier this month I post this Gingerbread Man Gift Card Holder as an easy gift idea for Marly Bird & Friends 24 Days of Quickies. It works perfectly on the front of this sweater! I just love that you can stuff the tummy with fun treats. You will be the life of the party when you wear this!
Check out lots of quick crochet gift ideas HERE at Marly & Friends 24 Days of Quickies. A lot of the projects listed on her page would be great to use for sweater embellishments!
My best advice is to try on the sweater as you go and have fun with it! I am wearing the size XS and it is pretty small to be honest. Leave yourself the ability to add on rows at the end before you make the ribbed cuffs. And when it comes to personalizing this piece, there are no limits! I think some pom-poms might be a fun way to make this even more festive. I might wait until next year to spruce it up even more.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my crochet friends!