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21 DIY Ugly Sweater Ideas

These crochet patterns are so ugly they're cute!

By: Emma Fiander, Editor,
21 DIY Ugly Sweater Ideas

Have you ever experienced something that was so ugly it circled back around and actually looked kind of cute? That is how the concept of the so-called ugly sweater was born. It's a sweater that is so hideous, it somehow looks good. These 21 DIY Ugly Sweater Ideas are a great source of inspiration for making your own crochet sweater that's just a little too unattractive. 

Ugly sweaters have become such a pop culture staple in recent years. What started out as a Christmas party classic has morphed into something much bigger and greater. Now you see "ugly" sweaters just about everywhere. They can be pretty polarizing, of course — some people love them while others totally hate the idea that they even exist — but no matter what your opinion is on the matter, there's no denying: ugly sweaters are here to stay.

Crochet Pullover Sweaters

Crochet Hooded Sweatshirt

The most classic of ugly sweaters, pullovers represent the roots of the trend. Whether your ideal ugly sweater is Christmas themed for a holiday party or just a general sweater you can wear any time of year, when you think of an ugly sweater, this is what you think of. These are the crochet sweater patterns for someone looking for a more traditional experience.

Crochet Jackets and Vests

Vintage Striped Jacket

These crochet sweaters are actually more like cardigans than your traditional pullover, but that doesn't make them any less ugly. In fact, these jackets and vests have a lot to offer when it comes to kitchy style. These sweaters are perfect for the person who likes to stand out and be as unique as possible. After all, with these crazy patterns, there's no way you'll blend in with the crowd.

Crochet Ponchos

Autumn Ivy Poncho

Ponchos are the sweater of the adventurer, and nothing says daring quite like an ugly poncho. You'll stand out on not one but two counts — the quirkiness of the "ugly sweater" and the boldness of the poncho. These are the crochet sweater patterns for people who are hoping to push the envelope even more than if they just showed up to the holiday party in a normal ugly sweater. 

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I wonder why they call this 21 DIY Ugly Sweater ideas when the the sweater projects here are so beautiful and worth a crocheter's time. Well, it's just a name. I haven't seen the 21 designs but I can't wait to start any of them. The first one definitely is the Vintage Striped Jacket. It is so lovely.

I wouldnt exactly call these examples ugly. Its more like the choice of colors maken them a rather interesting collection. After checking out a number of these offerings, I can definitely say its more color than design. With the right colors, some of these are actually not bad. Needless to say, I wont be using up any valuable yarn on these projects!


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