Holiday Sweaters - Christmas and
Hanukkah Sweater Designs
Every year, when
the weather turns cooler, Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters turn up in the mall.
For the most part, these sweaters are
poorly made in factories overseas, mass produced
and knitted from itchy synthetic
yarn. Turn them inside out, and you will
find too many little yarn ends, all waiting to come
undone. And if you
are looking for Hanukkah sweaters, you will have a hard
time finding anything at all.
Don't you wish you could just tell someone
what kind of holiday sweater you want, and
have it appear in your size and colors?
Instead of spending hours searching for
a Hanukah or Christmas sweater, have one
custom knitted just for you. In this
store, everything comes in your size.
You can choose the colors,
the style -
pullover or cardigan, crewneck or v-neck, long
sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves, very
long length or shorter cropped length - it's
all available here.
A hand knitted custom designed Christmas or
Chanukah sweater can be your own personal
heirloom sweater, to be worn at each year's
holiday celebrations, to show up in family
photos again and again, a cherished vintage
piece which you will proudly look forward to wearing, and which will add to your joy of the
season. ("I can tell it's Christmas - Uncle
Charlie's wearing his sweater!")
Below are photos of different designs for hand knitted
holiday sweaters. Each of them is unique, custom designed for the individual customer.
They are a joy to design and hand knit.
For your own sweater, you can choose from
traditional Christmas and Hanukah designs,
like Christmas trees, a snowman, dreidels, a
menorah, Star of David buttons, etc. Or, have an
"ugly" sweater designed. Every year, I
get requests for Christmas and Hanukkah sweater
designs that are designed to shock the
relatives - ugly, outrageous sweaters.
They are great fun to wear. (Be sure to
see the "coal" and "candy" pockets on the bright
red ugly Christmas sweater shown at the end of
Some of these holiday sweater designs are
classic and speak of tradition and heritage;
other designs are more playful and fun. You may have some
ideas of your own for your Christmas or
such as details for
the size of the sweater, the way it will fit,
your choices for the colors
your choices for the designs.
Because this is a one-person business, only a
limited number of these hand knitted holiday
sweaters are designed and knitted each year.
Orders are accepted year-round.
When you are ready, I will be happy to take your order.
sweater shown below is a classic, traditional
snowman design. The crewneck long sleeve
pullover is shown in color Yale blue, with a
pure white snowman. What makes this design
so special is that Noel, the gentleman who received
the sweater as a Christmas gift, has a bright red
narrow-brim hat, flat-topped from years of
constant use, which is one of his prized
possessions. Imagine Noel's surprise when he
opened up the gift on Christmas morning and saw
his own personalized snowman!
The photo below shows a close-up of the
snowman design. You can really see the
bright orange carrot nose, the hand embroidered
"Noel" beneath the snowman, the red and blue
striped scarf - and of course the infamous
flat-topped red hat.
What could be
more traditional than a Christmas tree design -
here's one of my favorites, knitted in loden, a
shade of dark green, and decorated with hand
sewn antique glass beads, set against a
background of color "natural". The tree is
topped with a knitted gold star. A
star on the top of a Christmas tree is a
tradition which goes back hundreds of years,
mentioned as far back as the mid-1800's in Hans
Christen Andersen's story, The Fir Tree. It is always a pleasure to
knit these vintage Christmas sweater designs.
The colors "red hot" and "loden" are good
choices for a traditional Christmas design, with
the color "natural ivory" as a background and
for the lettering "Merry Christmas".
This particular Christmas tree design was on the
front of a solid "loden" crewneck pullover
sweater; the back and sleeves were completely
Why are Hanukkah
sweaters so hard to find? It's true, they
are few and far between. Traditional
Hanukkah designs such as a menorah, hand
embroidered dreidels, complete with authentic
Hebrew letters on them, and gold embroidered
Stars of David can be combined in your own
Hanukkah design. There are wonderful
Hanukkah buttons, such as hand painted dreidels
or Star of David buttons. Whether you want
a vest, a long sleeve or three-quarter length
sleeve pullover, or a long tunic-length cardigan
with beautiful buttons and a couple of deep
pockets (where else would you keep your
grandchildren's Hanukkah gelt?), here's your
chance to have your own personal Chanukah
heirloom sweater designed and knitted just for
This traditional Hanukkah design was created
for a lovely lady in Tennessee. She told
me she'd searched for years to find a beautiful
heirloom sweater to wear to her family's
Hanukkah celebrations. I was proud to
design and knit this sweater for her. The
main color is called "Paradise", a gorgeous shade
of blue which makes a fine background for the
other designs, especially the colorful candles
on the menorah.
The design shows simple dreidels, complete
with authentic hand embroidered Hebrew letters,
scattered across the front of the sweater, a
gold Hanukah menorah with brightly colored hand
embroidered candles, and the words, "Happy
Chanukah", along the bottom border of the
sweater. The single gold Star of David at
the top of the sweater adds a beautiful final
touch. The quality work and craftsmanship
in this design speak to generations of heritage
Here's a similar heirloom
Hanukkah design, this time a Yale blue crewneck
pullover with a more detailed, elaborate
European menorah holding
striped blue and white candles, the colors of
the Israeli flag. There are
three dreidels, each with authentic Hebrew letters on them, and a bright
red gift box, complete with silver bow.
The gold Star of David, traditional symbol of
the more ancient "Shield of David", crowns the design
with a touch of historical elegance.
This Hanukkah sweater is a classic, to be
cherished and treasured, and worn to family
gatherings and holiday parties each year. It
was a pleasure and a joy to design and knit. My customer was delighted with her new sweater.
She told me that she could not wait to wear it to
her family's Hanukkah dinner in the fall.
This particular Hanukkah
sweater shows how individual each sweater really
is. Designed to be a vest rather than a
long sleeve sweater, it was created to be
colorful and fun. The dreidels on this
baby blue sweater vest are pure white, outlined
with a border of gold, and then each hand
embroidered with an authentic Hebrew letter,
each in a different color.
This Hanukkah custom design was truly a labor
of love. It took hours and hours to design
and knit, and was worn by a senior lady in
Florida, who would go each year at Hanukkah to her
town's community center and read Hanukkah stories
to the children. This was her hand knitted
custom designed "Hanukkah storyteller's vest".
This closeup photo shows a large gold menorah, with the words
"Happy Chanukah" beneath it.
can be spelled any number of ways, for instance,
"Hanukkah", "Hanukkah" and "Chanukah".
Wikipedia shows that the spelling "Hanukkah" is
most commonly used in the United States, while
"Chanukah" is often used in Europe. You
can have it spelled however you want on your own
Against a main color "soldier blue" background, the gold menorah with its
brightly colored candles, complete with tiny yellow "flames" above each one, add
to the colorful nature of this beautiful Hanukkah sweater design. The
edges of the bottom and the sleeves are knitted in a narrow border of gold, to
match the menorah.
Every year, I get requests
for "ugly" holiday sweaters. Yes, I can
design ugly, outrageous Christmas sweaters -
ugly, but fun, too! If you are going to a
special Christmas or Hanukkah party and want to
... shall we say, shock the relatives - an
designed sweater can be just the thing.
A sweater is like a blank canvas, on which
you can place any number of holiday designs. Designs can be placed on the sleeves and the
back of the sweater, not just the front.
For instance, this photo shows the back of a
sweater. Across the shoulders, the words
"Santa's Elf" appear knitted in color
"California gold", against a background of "red
Santa's Elf wore this sweater to a holiday party last Christmas. She
was quite a hit. Apparently, her office hasn't been the same since.
What's the most outrageous sweater
I have ever designed? This has to be the winner.
It was completely covered with hand knitted
custom designs, on the front, back and up both
Across the top is a row of real, functional,
tinkly silver bells,
each one sewn on by hand. The Christmas
tree is topped by a knitted gold star. There are
three "gift" boxes, each with a real bow sewn onto the surface of the sweater.
The words "MERRY CHRISTMAS" are knitted in gold
across the bottom of the tunic-length sweater.
My favorite part of this
custom design is the "CANDY" and "COAL" pockets.
They are real working pockets, nice and deep,
and each edged with fluffy
white "fur" such as you would find on
hat. In one pocket, candy can be stored
for good little children. And in the other
pocket, "coal" can be stored for those who have
not been quite as well behaved. Imagine
the fun you would have at a party with this
This custom knitted Christmas sweater was truly a labor of love. It
took over a week to design and knit, and required hours and hours of patience
and hard work. When I was finished, I had
worked on it for so long that I really wanted to keep it!
When my customer received the sweater, she
said, "The sweaters are wonderful! ... I also
found candy coal for the pocket. I
can't wait to see [her friend's] face when she
opens the gift ... It is so awesome to see the
finished product. The sweater is beautifully
And yes, I do knit Santa's
hats! Sometimes, a Christmas sweater just
needs a matching hat. Or, the hat can be
worn alone, for instance, with a business suit
to a company party after work. Amazing how
wearing a hat can cause so many comments.
I hope that looking at these
Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters has entertained
you and provided you with some ideas for your
own personal design. Maybe you have an annual holiday event that
you look forward to each year (or not), or a
family celebration or party. This year,
you could show up in a beautifully designed
and hand knitted custom holiday sweater, in your
favorite colors and with all of your favorite
design features, a personal heirloom sweater
that will be your own signature look. It
will make your Christmas or Hanukkah
celebration that much more special, knowing
that you look your best.
Because each sweater is unique and different,
prices will vary. Your sweater will be
priced according to the complexity of the design and how
long it will take to knit. Prices range from $195.00 to $425.00.
Why not tell me what you want, and I will knit
it for you in your size and colors.
Send me an email, and we will get started on your own custom design sweater