It’s so hard to figure out when the right time is to release a Christmas sweater pattern! I love Halloween and American Thanksgiving, so I don’t like the idea of talking about Christmas stuff before it, but when it comes to knitting, that can be necessary. Now is the ideal time to cast on a Christmas sweater to have it done in time for the season’s holiday parties, and Julgran is ready for you!
I knit the sample shown in these photos in under a month, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your own version done before Christmas Eve. Julgran is knit using a heavy worsted weight yarn on US 8/5 mm needles, so it works up quickly. Julgran can be worn as fresh off your needles, with the stockinette tree shaped by cables, increases, and decreases speaking for itself, or you can add a little kitsch and decorate your sweater with beads, pins, and more. I’m still undecided on which version I prefer!
This pattern features my usual top-down construction, but it’s only mostly seamless, due to the funnel neck. The cropped body is knit in one piece, starting with the upper back with the upper fronts picked up, knit down, and joined to knit in the round with waist shaping. Sleeves are picked up and knit using short-row shaping and are a ¾ length.
Stitch are picked up around the neckline for the funnel neck and then seamed down.
Julgran comes in seven sizes, ranging from a finished measurement of 29 in / 74 cm to 53 in / 135 cm. It’s intended to fit with 1-3 in / 2.5-8 cm of negative ease. You can get the pattern on Raverly or from the Untangling Knots shop.