The Ugly Holiday Sweater Grows Up and Becomes Cinderella


                         @ Amy Appel

The ugly holiday sweater. You know what it looks like it  - it's a baggy sweater with little reindeers and elves on the front that's designed to make you look like you're 20 pounds heavier than you actually are. Grandmas and moms nationwide wear them to holiday parties - the ugliest one wins top honors.  

If that isn't misogynist I don't what it is. I might not be the only one, but I won't wear one of those things even to win a gift card. I want something that's in the holiday spirit, but cute and fitted. Is that terrible? Something that's attractive and I'm proud of. Something that I'll wear more than once, rather stuff in the closet until next year's ugly holiday sweater contest. 

Clearly I'm not the only one who feels this way. Women are tired of wearing ugly to holiday soirees. Poisongirrls designed a holiday sweater, the Betty & Judy Lodge Sweater that has 1950s vibe that followers are knitting up for themselves. I especially love how Kristyglassknits has styled her Betty sweater three different ways - two different skirts and plaid pants! 

There are other Christmas-themed sweater patterns on Ravelry. They're cute, fun and not the least bit ugly. This one is free. However, I'm about the Betty. I've got her queued up for next year. This year? Maybe I'll find a red top and wear that! 


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