Christmas sweaters

First, a disclaimer: I didn’t knit this.

Grant Butler over at the Oregonian/Oregonlive is collecting pictures of ugly Christmas sweaters. I don’t think mine is ugly; I think it’s kitschy cute! But I told him I’d send him a picture, anyway.

santa sweater

It’s so NYC. We lived in New York for 9 years, and this sweater at Nordstrom Rack just spoke to me. I think I’ve had it for 6 years or so, but I can’t remember.


I hate knitting intarsia, so I would never make something like this. But look at the detail! From the sequins on the gift and the beads on the hat…


To the beads for tire treads…


What’s not to like? What do you think? Cute? Ugly? Kitschy? Would you wear it? I love it. But only once a year.

19 responses to “Christmas sweaters

  1. The details are pretty amazing. And you’re right: It’s a thing of beauty. I firmly believe that the best Christmas sweaters are kitschy. And I love the concept of Santa as an NYC cabbie. Would he be naughty or nice with the routes he chooses to get to LaGuardia?

  2. I always thought he was looking out the back window, but you are correct. That is the front of the car, and he’s the cabbie. Thanks for stopping by! I’m enjoying looking at the parade of sweaters on your site.

  3. Oh my! That is something. If it’s from Nordstrom, do you think it’s wholly HAND knit???

  4. that is a piece of…art. Definitely art! The detail is amazing. A fine collectable!

  5. Love it – quintessential NYC Christmas. Wear it in good health!

  6. Wow! That’s a Christmas sweater.

    I’m not sure I’d wear it but it’s tons of fun to look at.

  7. Wow, yes, the details are pretty amazing. I would probably wear it, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. And, yes, only once a year. 😉

  8. i’m definitely on the kitsch art side of the fence (or is it ugly like ugly dolls are ugly?). if a sweater like this got into my hands, i have to admit i wouldn’t wear it, but i *would* make it into a cushion cover. that way, i (and others) could admire it on the sofa for the whole of the holiday season without having to wear it and get hot under the collar while baking cookies or roasting a turkey.

  9. It’s very kitschy, I’d never wear it in a million lifetimes but I can really appreciate all the lovely little details. What’s not to like about Santa in NYC at Christmas???

  10. Oh that sweater is awesome!
    My mom had a whole collection of Xmas sweaters that she used to buy every year at the Nordy’s after- Xmas sale. She would wear them to work nearly every day in December— her fourth grade students loved it!

  11. Love its xmas in NY theme, but could NEVER wear a xmas sweater……it’s just not British I guess. 😉

  12. Amazing detail, but I’m sorry, ugly to me. I’m just not a fan of wearing knit items with pictures on it, Christmas or no Christmas… unless, of course, it’s for someone between the ages of 2 and 5, in which case it’s forgivable. 😉

  13. Hehe thanks for sharing this. While I would never wear a holiday sweater, I love the detail on this.

  14. What a fun sweater! It is amazing that a store bought sweater has so much detail. Persimmons have always been one of my favorite fruits. We had a tree in the backyard and they remind me of my childhood. Crunchy and sweet, I just received a dozen of them last week from a friend who has a tree. Glad to see you are busy with your shop – good tidings and much success!

  15. Kitschy-cute! The detail is amazing! I’d wear it once a year!

    Happy weekend!

  16. Ummm, woof, in the nicest possible way.

  17. Intarsia is my idea of a knitting no-no. I’m not one for Christmas sweaters, but hey… if you’re going to wear one, you might as well go all out. 🙂

  18. It’s cute. I would never knit something like that, so yes, it’d be easier to buy one. I don’t normally wear “holiday” clothes like this, I just don’t like the idea of having something I can only wear for one month during the year.

  19. Knitting or wearing Christmas sweaters aren’t my thing–but they’re fun to look at!