I actually took exception to the ‘ugly’ in the Ugly Sweater Contest. The point of an ugly sweater contest is not to have a sweater that is ugly, but one that is so unrestrainedly, over-the-top crazy Christmas fantastic that it defies logic or rational explanation.
At least, that was my take on it.
To make your own tacky Christmas sweater, you will need:
- Worsted Weight Yarn – a lot of it. I used the better part of 3 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (the 7oz skeins)
- Fun Fur (optional)
- K/10.5 (6.5mm) hook
- Glue gun and plenty of hot glue
- Cotton balls or batting
- Silver cord or similar
Obviously, once you have the basic sweater you can decorate with whatever you have on hand, but this is what I used.
Size: Men’s Large
Finished Measurements: Chest: 38″ circumference, Length: 25″
My gauge was 9 sts/ 6 rows = 4″ in dc.
Rnd 1: Ch 60, join to form loop. Ch 2, dc in each ch around. (60 dc) Join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2. Dc in each dc around. (60 dc) Join.
Rnd 3: Ch 2. *Dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 1. Repeat from * around. (90 sts) Join.
Rnd 4: Ch 2. Dc in each dc and ch-sp around. (90 dc) Join.
Rnd 5: Ch 2. *Dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 1. Repeat from * around. (120 sts) Join.
Rnd 6: Ch 2. Dc in each dc and ch-sp around. (120 dc) Join.
Rnds 7-12: Ch 2. Dc in each dc around. (120 dc) Join.
Rnd 13: Ch 2. *Dc in each of the next 3 dc, dc inc in next st. Repeat from * around. (150 dc) Join.
Rnds 14-18: Ch 2. Dc in each dc around. (150 dc) Join.
Rnd 19: Time to make the armholes! Ch 2. Dc in each of the next 42 dc. Skip 33 dc, dc in each of the next 42 dc. Skip 33 dc, join rnd with first dc made. (84 dc)
Rnds 20-36 or desired length: Ch 2, dc in each dc around. Join.
Rnd 1: Join at underarm, ch 2. Dc in each st around, placing extra stitches as needed where sleeve meets body. (I added four.) Join rnd. (37 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2. (Dc dec), dc around until 6 sts reamin. (Dc dec), dc 4. Join. (35 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2. (Dc dec), dc around until 6 sts remain. (Dc dec), dc 4. Join. (33 dc)
Rnd 4-18: Ch 2. Dc in each dc around. (33 dc) Join. (I changed color for round 6.)
Rnd 19: Ch 2. Dc around, evenly spacing 4 decreases. (29 dc) Join.
Rnd 20: Ch 2. Dc around, evenly spacing 4 decreases. (25 dc) Join.
Rnd 21: Ch 2. Dc around, evenly spacing 4 decreases. (21 dc) Join.
Rnd 22: Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (21 sc) Join, finish off.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Weave in all ends.
To tack-ify your sweater, use your imagination! My boys and I wound silver cord all the way around the yoke and cut multi-colored lights out of felt. We used the glue gun to attach them and hold the cord in place. Then we glued on felt snowflakes and our felt gingerbread man, with pompoms for ‘ornaments’ and smaller snowflakes as well as the features on the gingerbread man. We glued on cotton balls for the snow, but I think some quilt batting would have held up better. For the ‘garland’ on the sleeves I held three strands of yarn (including some green Fun Fur) together and made a chain with my biggest hook. Then, a little hot glue had it stuck on in no time.
See? Nothing to it!