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.

11 Comments

  • ADORABLE! I always knit myself a green sweater for the holidays. This might have to become my Christmas sweater. And I love the decorated version. It’s perfect!!

  • It’s gorgeous, I love that funnel neck and the detailing at the sleeve heads….now if I could just get my head around the notion of wearing heavy worsted wool when it’s likely to be 30 degrees Celcius for our Christmas!

  • T here are so many lovely features on this sweater for Christmas and I think now is the perfect time to release it. I’m finding the Salal is not taking time at all now that some details have been cleared up so I think Julgran would DEFINITELY be made up in even less than a month. Love it. Lu

  • It just looks too small? I have seen others wearing the designs and I always think they look stretched and too short/small, so the end result is not very flattering.

    • This is an intentionally cropped pattern, so it is quite short, but I think you may be confusing my pattern with something else, because this is the only completed version online at the moment. There’s no way for you to have seen others wearing it.

  • Hello! Purchased this pattern and I have a yarn I’d love to use for it but in order to get gauge, I had to go down to a size FIVE needle!! The problem is…the swatch is very stiff without any drape. I know it’s a very snug sweater but I feel the fabric was still too stiff. Sooooo, I have a craaaaaazy question: I was anticipating using size L or M if gauge had worked out better, but since I still want to use my particular yarn, do you think I could simply use my size 8 needles (which produce a much better drape) and go down a couple sizes? Is that nuts? I’ve never really played around much with sizing like this. I’d love to know your opinion, or if you’ve ever had to do something similar for a sweater. Thanks Andi!

    • It sounds like the yarn you picked out isn’t the right weight for this pattern. If it was my own project, I’d choose a different yarn and pattern pairing, but if you’re determined to use this yarn for this pattern, you can find out if your idea will work by measuring your swatch gauge and then dividing essential stitch counts by your gauge to see what measurements you’d end up with.

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