Start Choosing Holiday Sweater Patterns Today! But Who Gets One?

Most knitters and crocheters I know are extremely generous people. In an ideal world, we’d choose beautiful holiday sweater patterns for everyone on our lists, perfectly customized to each individual’s style and taste. But, no matter how early you start, it’s just not possible.

Handmade sweaters take tens of hours, hundreds of dollars, and thousands of yards of yarn (if not far more of each!), and no matter how much we love our family and friends, not everyone is getting a sweater this year. Narrowing down the list and finding a reasonable balance can be agonizing, and everyone approaches the challenge differently.

Some only make sweaters for themselves and make only accessories as gifts. Some only choose holiday sweater patterns for their mom and other close family members. Some choose just one special person to get a sweater each year.

If you’d like to make someone a sweater this Christmas, but you aren’t sure who makes the cut, or if you aren’t sure whether Aunt Cleo is really “sweater-worthy,” check out this handy flowchart!

Decide now which holiday sweater patterns you are willing to tackle this year!

Obviously this is just for fun, but it gets you thinking about what really makes someone a worthy recipient of a handmade sweater. It may feel conceited to think about your crafting this way, but just because a gift is handmade doesn’t mean you don’t need to consider whether the value of the gift is appropriate. There’s nothing more crushing than giving a handmade gift that isn’t appreciated.

Remember: there’s nothing wrong with knitting or crocheting someone a beautiful accessory or home décor item instead of committing to a full-on garment! You don’t owe anyone anything—handmade gifts should always be given freely.

So what about for the rare, the few, the “sweater-worthy?” Here are a few holiday sweater patterns to knit and crochet that are guaranteed to become treasured heirlooms for years to come.

Left to right: Monterey Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Grand Forks Pullover by Cheryl Toy, Tangled Up in Gray Pullover by Sloane Rosethal, Charles Pullover by Michele Wang.

Luxurious Sweater Knitting Patterns

Handknit sweaters are the height of luxury, and the possibilities are endless, but all that work is only worth it if the recipient will truly appreciate the time and effort put in. The most arduous of cable knitting patterns is a pleasure when knitted for an appreciative loved one!

Once you’ve figured out who on your list is “sweater-worthy,” pamper them with a classic colorwork design like the Grand Forks Pullover or a sweater that uses an opulent, plush yarn like the Charles Pullover. Or, check out one of these five other luxurious knitting patterns!

Is your intended recipient fashion-forward? They’ll love the delightfully asymmetrical Tangled Up in Gray Pullover. Do they always have a fan running? Maybe something lighter like the Monterey Tee!

Remember, you shouldn’t feel bad for deciding someone is just getting an accessory (or even a store-bought gift!) this year. Want to knock a bunch of easy gifts out of the way? Check out these easy knitting patterns that are perfect for holiday gifts.

Left to right: Icicle Sweater by Natasha Robarge, Library Cardigan by Nicoletta Tronci, Pinyon Pullover by Melissa Leapman, Crimson Hooded Cardigan by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.

Luxurious Crochet Sweater Patterns

A well-chosen crochet sweater is an incredibly generous gift for a lucky recipient. Crochet fabric is so versatile, allowing you to make crochet sweaters that are light, lacy, and drape-y, or thick, warm, and durable. It all depends on what the recipient will appreciate most.

On the light and lacy side is the Icicle Sweater, a lovely, seamless design with waist shaping, a subtle funnel neck, and bell sleeves, providing a beautiful, feminine look. The Library Cardigan is also wonderfully lacy, with openwork fabric that has incredible drape while still keeping the wearer toasty warm.

A cozier option, and a great holiday sweater pattern for those who love cables, is the Pinyon Pullover, a classic turtleneck sweater that almost looks knit thanks to cables and popcorn stitch. Another favorite, also featuring intricate stitchwork, is the Crimson Hooded Cardigan, a charming design that features sleeves with thumbholes!

Whatever holiday sweater pattern you choose, and for whatever craft, be sure to at least consult a little bit with your intended recipient to ensure they’re at least generally on board with the design. For best results, borrow and measure a piece of their clothing which fits them well and is similar to your chosen pattern.
How do you decide who’s worthy of a larger project like a sweater? How many sweaters do you make as gifts in a year? Let me know in the comments!

Yours in Stitches,
All photos by Harper Point Photography

Not ready to make them a sweater this year?


One Comment

  1. at 7:47 pm July 31, 2018

    thank you for an interesting and fun article !
    I specially like your flowchart. It’s whimsy, yet it’s so true. I have used several flowcharts during my studies, and designed a few myself since. This one made me smile hugely, with its redundant bits and the fact that it all boils down to ‘do you really want to make them a garment, or some accessories, or something else entirely”.
    Thank you for a healthy dose of laughters.

Post a Comment