When you're opting for custom ugly sweaters, make sure they are knitted! There is just no comparison to print.
Knitted v Print
You can't print on a knitted sweater. Well you can but it won't turn out well and it certainly won't last! So for custom ugly sweaters that are printed, that means that the sweater itself is actually a sweatshirt or a hoodie. The garment has been pre made and is ready to be printed on. As a customer, you simply select a color from limited choices and your design will be printed on the sweatshirt.
Knitted sweaters are entirely different. For a start the sweater hasn't been made yet. That's because your design will be knitted into the yarn from scratch! Due to this, color choices are endless. Whatever color you need is no problem. The design is then knitted in.
Print fades after a number of washes. Knitted sweaters won't fade. We use a yarn that can be washed time and time again. Due to this and the final product, the quality of the knitted sweater is far superior to the printed sweatshirt. Therefore, if the sweater is to represent your brand, you really need to opt for knitted! See the below sweater? That's fully knitted in. There were no limitations. So in print, print has to go on a certain spot whereas knitted designs can be all over. This one has the design on front, back and sleeves.
But What if the Knitted Sweater has already been made?
Uh oh! If you're asked to choose from a selection of knitted sweaters, that usually means they have been made and are good to go. That may not be a big deal to you as the color you need may be available. But the truth is that if the sweater has been made, the design will most likely be embroidered on as if the sweater is made, the design can't be knitted into the yarn. So you're not really getting a custom ugly sweater. You're getting an embroidered sweater. So make sure to ask before ordering!
How can I tell if the design has been knitted in?
Turn the sweater inside out. You'll see it for yourself.
This article was co-authored by Ross Culliton. Ross is the founder of Roody Originals, creators of original custom sweaters for brands