Ideas for ugly Christmas jumpers

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Ideas for ugly Christmas jumpers
The ugly Christmas jumper is now a kitsch style must-have (Getty Thinkstock)

Ugly Christmas jumpers, like the one sported by Mark Darcy in the 2001 romantic British comedy, “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” used to be the dreaded, home-made Christmas gift, knitted by Nans all over the country and left under the tree with the expectation that they would be worn on Christmas Day itself. Things have changed. The ugly Christmas jumper is now a kitsch style must-have, worn by celebrities and designed by highly respected brands. Choosing the right ugly Christmas jumper is an important annual event.

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Classic choices

Classic ugly Christmas jumper designs can include Christmas puddings, snowmen, Father Christmas, Rudolph, Christmas trees, wrapped presents, snowflakes, angels and sprigs of mistletoe or holly. The design might present these images in a comedic light. An oversized Christmas pudding is a lot more fun than a regular-sized one. When Rudolph is depicted with huge, boggly eyes, the comic effect of the jumper is heightened. Other classic ugly Christmas jumper designs aim to emphasise the magic of Christmas. Snowflakes knitted in sparkly wool is perfect for such a concept.

Keep it simple

Some of the best ugly Christmas jumper design are simple in nature. Choose one image and place it in the centre of the jumper and make sure it takes up the entire body area of the jumper. A big, red background with a huge, green Christmas tree placed in the middle of the jumper can be really effective thanks to its simplistic design.

Ideas for ugly Christmas jumpers
One image is enough (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Fill ‘er up

Simplicity and classic isn’t for everyone. One of the best characteristics of the ugly Christmas jumper is that the “uglier” it is, the better. There are some ugly Christmas jumper designs which are so “busy” that it’s hard to spot a speck of background behind the intense chaos going on with the selected figures in the foreground. A great example might include rows and rows of snowflakes in the background and a Christmas scene including a line of pretty houses, accompanied by Father Christmas with his sleigh and team of reindeer in the foreground. When going for chaos, take the opportunity to fill up the back of the jumper and both of the sleeves with even more Christmas images too.

Ideas for ugly Christmas jumpers
"Busy" sweaters are popular (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

3D and tassels

If the idea is to appear as silly as possible in your jumper, be creative and add volume wherever you can. Sew on a huge red ball to represent Rudolph’s red nose and add a long brown tassel to the back of the jumper as his tail. Stitch on some tinsel or add some real Christmas baubles to your knitted Christmas tree for a really novel ugly Christmas jumper design. Cotton wool balls are excellent for depicting snow or for adding life to the beard and hair of your ugly Christmas jumper’s portrayal of Father Christmas. If your jumper centres around a snowman, knit him a real scarf which can be tied into a real know around his neck to keep him warm.

Ideas for ugly Christmas jumpers
Get creative with cotton wool and other materials (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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