christmas jumper finch balled

After I failed to even start my Christmas sweater last year, I began to think about when the best time would be to knit one, and I came to the conclusion that there really isn’t a good time to sit down and focus on knitting a holiday sweater. It feels strange to have it be your main knitting project in the summer or fall, but if you wait until you get that holiday spirit going, you won’t finish your sweater with much time to wear it. This was a problem that I thought about a lot this Winter, and I realized the best thing to do would be to work on my Christmas sweater a little bit each month so I never would feel the need to focus on it for a long time. Treating it like a long term project made it seem much more appealing.

Knit a Christmas sweater KAL schedule

The pattern I chose, The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford, is made up out of four pieces, so I decided to try to knit half a piece each month. I plan to have all of my pieces knit by the end of October, and I can seam and finish the sweater in November so it will be ready to wear in December. The sweater won’t compete with my holiday knitting, and I also won’t finish my sweater months before I get to wear it. In order to motivate myself to stick with it, I’m going to commit to sharing my progress updates here on the last Friday of each month. I think it’s the perfect solution, and I’d like to invite everyone to play along! Will you knit a Christmas sweater in 2014?

13 Comments

  • This sounds like a great idea! I actually have this yarn for a fingering stranded colorwork pullover that I know will take a big commitment. So, I may make it a one year project and maybe it’ll stop looming over my head. And the colors are red, green, and royal blue. Those are seasonal colors so, it can definitely qualify as a Christmas pullover.

  • This is such a great idea. I love this jumper and already have the pattern. I am going to order the wool this weekend and join you in this project. Slightly cheeky question but is there going to be a KAL?

  • This is a brilliant plan! I might have to join in on this as it seems much more reasonable (and logical!) than any of the other options 🙂

  • That’s a really good idea! Sounds like the year you make your Christmas sweater 🙂

    I’m feeling inspired by your idea too, maybe I’ll make a colorwork sweater using a similar timeline. I’m really loving the Meltaway Pullover in the new Interweave Knits issue and would love to have one but I’m always so intimidated by large projects!

  • Yes,yes,yes! I think this is a great idea, I want to make this jumper for Christmas too, but have lots of things I want to make besides, breaking it up into manageable amounts is excellent. I have the pattern, so just need to get the yarn. Are you putting it onto Ravelry or just your blog?

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