The Christmas Jumper

We all have a few Christmas jumpers lurking in our past. We shudder at the thought of them but there is something about the Christmas jumper that goes hand-in-hand with wearing the paper hat out of a cracker and eating too much Christmas pudding – it just wouldn’t be the same without them!

My Mother was an avid knitter so in our household a jumper wasn’t just for Christmas, no, no, I had to endure them all year round. The one that I remember most vividly was pale pink and covered in alternate slices of chocolate cake and iced cherry buns. And, you guessed it, the cherries were red bobbles!  It’s no wonder that I spent my teenage years shunning the jumper altogether, preferring the safety of the sweatshirt, and for my adult life I have avoided all but the plainest of knitwear. Then along comes the motif jumper – the kooky, cooler, older sister of the Christmas jumper. My interest is piqued… I find myself not just liking them but actually wanting one.  They’re quirky and stylish and would definitely gain a nod of approval from my knitting matriarch (who still knits by the way, only now, her attention has turned to her grandsons).

I can’t decide between these… Love Label Swallow Jumper is a gorgeous rust colour and would look great with black skinny jeans and heels. A good choice for Christmas Eve drinks. This Love Label Bow Jumper is cute and sassy, wear with a pleated midi skirt and kitten heels for Boxing Day at the relatives.

The South Intarsia Question Mark Jumper is slightly more casual, so team with jeans and winter boots for a bracing winter walk. South Bird Intarsia Jumper would look lovely with a pair of coloured jeans and heeled boots.

But I think my favourite has to be this Joe Browns Cat Sweater, it’s red – perfect for the festivities with a hand-sewn beaded applique cat to add a little sparkle! I’m thinking these French Connection Noble Storm Trousers with a pair of Dune Doze Bow Ballerina Pumps and a Ted Baker Glitzie Bow Bag would make a great Christmas party outfit.

Will you be rocking a Christmas jumper this year? x

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