I hate Christmas jumpers. There I've said it.
I dislike how ugly they are and how they don't go with any of my other clothes. I hate that they only get worn for maybe 2 days a year and then are likely to be chucked out. The whole thing just seems wrong to me.
Every year I tell myself I will knit myself a nice Christmas jumper. But I always leave it too long and then I can't find a pattern I like and then it's too late.
So this year I decided to get it done as my first real project of the year. I found this pretty cardigan design and used Paintbox Yarns Simple Aran, in a mixture of cream and light and dark green. (I thought it was green and blue when I first saw the pattern!)
It's knitted from the bottom up which I found a little weird - most projects I've done like this have been from the neck down. It did mean I couldn't try it on to check it was a good length, I had the same problem with the arms. I kinda feel like I lucked out on both as I think the fit is good.
I also believe all cardigan's should have pockets so I added a couple using the pattern from a cardigan I knitted a couple of years ago (and has spent the last 2 years locked in my locker at work!) I'm very pleased with how they came out, although a little high to walk around with your hands in them.
And what I really like, is that it is a pretty cardigan which will sit nicely over jeans/trousers or a dress and I can wear for the whole month of December if I want to. No need to feel embarrassed this year on Christmas Jumper Day! Roll on December.