Style your way to the most eye-catching/clashing Christmas with these ugly Christmas sweaters!


Whether you knit your own, or if refer to buy your ugly Christmas sweaters, we have some brilliantly ugly ideas for you here. Some of them are free craft tutorials , some are pre-made ugly Christmas sweaters and some are patterns you can purchase.

We hope this selection of ugly Christmas sweater ideas brightens up your year and gives your nearest and dearest a very cosy Christmas.

1. Light up llama ugly Christmas sweater

Best for light up features

Here is an off-the-peg ugly Christmas sweater with a difference – this one contains lights! As well as a brilliantly-comical acrylic-knit llama, you get a scattering of multicoloured LED lights festooned around your llamas neck.

This is dry clean only, light lovers – don't put this ugly Christmas sweater in the washing machine. But what a way to light up your Christmas party!

Find the Ugly Christmas sweater on Amazon

2. Knit your own baubles

Best for vintage sweater style

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We feel a bit mean calling this an ugly Christmas sweater – but it is awesomely retro and a great choice for those of you looking to knit your own ugly Christmas sweaters.

It's a DK pattern which opens up a whole host of yarn options for you too – chose fabulous neons yarn to up the ugly quota even more!

Find the baubles Christmas jumper pattern on Amazon

3. Pizza reindeer cat ugly Christmas sweater

Best for over-the-top style

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Okaaaay. There a whole lot to unpack with this particular ugly Christmas sweater.

First off, we can't get past the festive pizza that is all over this ugly Christmas sweater. Festive pizza, eh. And that antler cat who looks strangely at home at the heart of it all.

It's so mad that we just love it. Not really knitted, this is a super-soft polyester spandex stretchy fabric with printed images. No real lights, just printed ons, but it is still hand-wash only to protect the printed design.

Find the pizza cat Ugly Christmas sweater on Amazon

4.Family-friendly ugly Christmas sweaters

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The classic festive portrait of families in matching Christmas jumpers is one of the reasons the craze for ugly Christmas sweaters has got so huge. but not all ugly Christmas sweaters are family friendly. This knitting pattern, available as an instant download, fits the bill perfectly.

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You can personalise the reindeer in the design with bows or beads to mix it up for different family members, but you'll get a grumpy face each time, which we just love! Best of all, the pattern is available as a free download.

Find the Reindeer sweater pattern on Lovecrafts

5. Ugly Christmas sweater ornament

Best for gifting to your Christmas-sweater-loving friends

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Here is a great ugly Christmas sweater ideas for those who already have all the seasonal sweaters they need – an ugly Christmas sweater ornament! Get yours personalised with a name and the year from Personalised Penguins on Not on The High Street,

Find the Ugly Christmas sweater ornament on Not on the Highstreet

6. All things bright and ugly Christmas sweater

Best for all over colour

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We feel a bit mean calling this bright knitted jumper ugly, but those colours are pretty clashing – on purpose, of course!

Not just an ugly Christmas sweater, these acrylic knits are designed and produced in the U.K, supporting British manufacturing, just and fair business practices and with 50 percent of profits donated to charity.

Find the Ugly Christmas sweater on Etsy

7. National treasure beautiful Christmas jumper

Best for David Attenborough fans

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When it gets cold outside, we want to do nothing more than cosy up on the sofa with our favourite nature documentary on the telly and a huge tin of festive choccies. And if we can do that while wearing a knitted portrait of national treasure David Attenborough on our festive knitwear, that is all for the good.

We will wrestle anyone for the last Quality Street golden coin or anyone who says that this is an ugly Christmas sweater.

Find the beautiful, not ugly Christmas sweater on Etsy

8. Waving tree ugly Christmas sweater

Best for teenagers

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The downloadable PDF of this ugly Christmas sweater knitting pattern cots just £3.60 from Lovecrafts and lets you start knitting yours instantly, in both children's and adult sizes. Make one for all the family!

Find the ugly Christmas sweater knitting pattern on Lovecrafts

9. Vinyl craft your own ugly Christmas sweater

Best for learning vinyl crafting

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Fancy trying your hand at your own design using craft vinyl? We show you how in our guide to using iron-on craft vinyl to create any style you want.

Make your own ugly Christmas sweater with our vinyl craft guide

10. Beginners guide to ugly Christmas sweaters

Best for Christmas upcycling

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If you want to craft your own ugly Christmas sweater, try our super-simple sewing project, upcycling two old jumpers into a fresh festive look!

Find the How to sew your own Christmas jumper project

11. Make an ugly Christmas sweater card

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Clash up your Christmas cards, ugly Christmas sweater style, with our great free downloads and step-by-step guide on making your own ugly Christmas sweater card, complete with pom pom neckline trim! There is a great printable paper featuring a whole host of ugly Christmas sweaters as part of the set, too!

Find the free Christmas jumper patterned papers

Make a Christmas face mask

Finish off your festive look wirth our snowman face mask.

This makes a brilliant gift for loved ones who need to be public-facing in the run up to the holidays. They get added protection from airborne virus and a brilliant Christmas look!


Find the how to make a Christmas face mask tutorial.


Hannah BellisKnitting Editor, Gathered

Hannah has worked on Gathered for 3 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at

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