Context is everything.
A Mitered Crosses blanket* draped across a sofa? Lovely.
A Mitered Crossed slung over your shoulders? Awkward.
A visit to Seattle's gum wall? Disgusting but fun.
Wearing Seattle's gum wall. Just disgusting. (Also a little lobster-ish.)
*By the way, you should totally buy this pattern and knit it right away because it is so much fun to knit.