Types of Sweaters – Softest Sweater Material – Ugly Sweaters

December 17, 2021
Ugly Sweater Contest - Hot Chocolate Social - Soma Tech Intl - 2021


Sweaters are made in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. They can be worn for a fashion statement or to keep you warm. In recent decades ugly sweater contests and parties have been increasing in popularity all around the world. There is even a national holiday for it! National Ugly Sweater Day is recognized every 3rd Friday of December. This year, Ugly Sweater Day is December 17, 2021. Next year, National Ugly Sweater Day will be recognized on December 16, 2022.
Sweaters, shirts, and other garments have been hand-knitted from wool for almost 2,000 years. People can refer to sweaters as sweatshirts, jerseys, pullovers, raglans, slipovers, cardigans, jumpers, or turtlenecks. They can be made from all different materials like wool, cotton, cashmere, or synthetic materials like polyesters, polyamide, acrylic, elastin. They can even be a mix of both natural materials and synthetic materials.


Many different types of sweaters range from different styles and materials. Some are pullovers and some are open like cardigans. With such a wide variety, you can categorize them in many different ways. You can sort them by necklines, stitching, style, or material. Overall, there are 4 main categories cardigans, pullovers, tunics, and turtlenecks. Let’s rank them by popularity!

  1. Cardigans. A cardigan is a type of knitted sweater that is typically made from wool and has an open front. There are a few different types of cardigans that range from short, long, belted, and even sleeveless.
  2. Turtlenecks. A turtleneck sweater can be made from a variety of materials with a high rolled collar that covers most of your neck. A few different types of turtlenecks include the classic turtleneck, mock turtleneck, cowl neck sweaters, and funnel turtleneck sweaters. 
  3. Tunics. A tunic can also be made from a variety of different materials. The tunic style of clothing doesn’t even have to be a sweater, it can also be a regular shirt! This is a popular style of sweater because it’s a very comfy, stylish, long, and loose-fitted sweater.
  4. Pullovers. Pullover sweaters represent a large category of sweaters, despite being on the bottom of the list. Turtlenecks and tunics actually fall under the pullover category as a whole. This category of sweaters includes crewnecks, v-necks, quarter-zip, and sweater vests.


Sweaters can be made from all sorts of materials. Materials are chosen based on warmth, breathability, moisture-wicking, durability, and feel. They can be natural like wool, cashmere, cotton, or silk, and they also can be synthetic like polyester and nylon. 

  1. Cashmere. Cashmere sweaters are one of the more expensive sweater materials. Cashmere comes from the undercoat of cashmere goats. It’s known for being lightweight, warm, and incredibly soft.
  2. Wool. Wool is the most common material that is used for sweaters. Of course, there are different types of wool. Merino wool is the softest wool that is used for making sweaters. Have you ever had a sweater that makes you itchy? Itchy sweaters are most likely made from coarse wool, like shetland wool.
  3. Cotton. Cotton is a natural soft plant-based fiber that is grown to make not only sweaters but all types of clothing. Cotton fibers are strong, soft, and affordable. Cotton is best worn in the spring or fall because it’s one of the cooler sweater materials.
  4. Acrylic. Acrylic sweaters are made from a synthetic fiber that closely imitates the attributes of wool, but at a lower price. It’s a popular choice of material and is also used to make faux-fur clothing.


Every year Soma Tech Intl hosts an Ugly Sweater Contest for their employees. This year, Soma had a total of 13 participants with a variety of different sweaters! Not all of them are ugly, but it’s a fun way to get together, make some hot chocolate!

Soma Tech Intl Company Ugly Sweater Contest 2021
Victor Fernandes - Bruce Latourelle - Soma Tech Intl - 2021 Ugly Sweater Contest
Hot Cocoa - Hot Chocolate from Soma Tech Intl
Harnish Shah from Soma Tech Intl - Ugly Sweater Contest 2021

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