Thursday, March 7, 2013

Knit In Progress: Boxy

Boxy - Yarn
Sooo...I had cast on a new project at the start of the month.  I have a feeling this one is going to take me a looong time to finish, as already it's proving to be the epitome of black hole knitting (just like Nuvem was).  But I guess anything that involves knitting endless amounts of stockinette - and stockinette in the round, no less - would be lumped into the black hole knitting category.  Ha, and I want to knit Viajante (well, I still do), which I'm sure will be for sure a black hole knitting project.

So why am I subjecting myself to this kind of knitting?  Well, I wanted a totally mindless knit to work on while I take care of a sick Munchkin, and currently a sick Brett (seriously, this season of sick can just leave this house now).  I wanted something that didn't involve any kind of thinking whatsoever while I argued bargained yelled at chatted with my mobile service and internet providers (my bills are insanely high).  I needed something that I could pick up, put down, and carry on knitting without having to spend the first 10 minutes trying to figure out where I am every time I get around to working on it.  So what kind of mindless knit fits this criteria?  One that has you knitting a tube of stockinette for 16 inches.

Let me introduce the newest project to grace my needles: Boxy by Joji Locatelli.  Yes, the designer behind the popular knits Pole, Grown Up Girl, and the Jenica Hoodie, to name a few.  I was immediately drawn to the clean and modern lines of this design when I first saw this pattern pop up on the "Hot Right Now" list on Ravelry.  I can see myself wearing this simple pullover with skinny jeans, maybe leggings (I have a love/hate relationship with leggings...especially the ones that women wear as pants, but obviously aren't when you can see the wearer's underwear!), with flip flops on a warm summer day or knee high boots on a fall day.  Depending on the colour, this pullover would make for a great transitional piece.  I just hope that I can pull off this look without coming out looking like a moldy ketchup-doused tater tot.

Boxy - Swatching

I was also hoping to knit this up in a shade of grey since that will go with everything in my closet, but realized after combing through the stash that I didn't have any sweater quantities of grey in fingering weight.  Weird, I know!  This pattern calls for Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which I seem to have plenty of in the stash.  But not in sweater quantities.  Not wanting to buy more yarn (gasp!), I decided to go with Wollmeise in the 80/20 Twin base.  Surprisingly I have yet to use Wollmeise to knit up a garment, just shawls.  And before I make my final decision as to whether or not if I should destash the rest of my Wollmeise collection, I thought I should at least knit a cardigan or pullover from it to see if I like it.  Now, before some of you freak out and before I start getting offers on my stash, I just wanted to say that yes, I'm a bit up in the air about Wollmeise.  I absolutely LOVE the colours and how insanely and vibrantly saturated they are, I'm just not sure if I love the yarn itself.  You see, both the Pure and Twin bases are 8-ply yarns.  Yes, you read that right.  Eight.  Previous experiences have made me a little annoyed at how easy it was to pull up a ply within a strand with my horrifically dry cuticles.  It had completely irked me to bits that no matter what I did, I couldn't get that pulled out ply to lie back down like the rest of its brothers and sisters.  I hope my issues doesn't turn any of you off from trying out and knitting with Wollmeise, cause seriously, photos cannot do the colours of these yarns any justice!  They are simply stunning in real life!

Boxy - WIP

Anyhoo, back to the pullover.  I'm currently 5 inches in on the body and plan on knitting to at least 14 or 15 inches before starting the shoulder shaping.  The pattern originally has you knitting the body to 16 inches "for a cropped look", but being the vertically challenged person that I am, 16 inches will not be "cropped" on my short frame.  Hopefully not having to knit those 1 or 2 inches will mean that I'll have enough yarn to even finish this project.  I have no idea what I was thinking...or even if I was thinking, but for some reason I thought 2 skeins would be enough.  And it would be enough if I was knitting a regular fitting cardigan or pullover (for those of you not familiar with Wollmeise, their put-up is quite generous and you really can get an adult garment knit up using only 2 skeins).  But this project is an over-sized pullover that requires me to knit 370 stitches per round.  I'm not totally freaking out just yet, as I do have a third skein in the stash.  But it's from a different update.  The 2 skeins I'm using are from the same update, from the same type of grab bag, and are pretty much a perfect match.  This third skein, however, is noticeable a tad darker and the plan was to use it for the sleeves, which is totally do-able considering the construction.  You'd never be able to tell that the yarn used for that part was of a different lot.  But now I think I'm going to have to use a fair amount of that third skein.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'm being overly paranoid.

Until then, I'm going to knit like the wind and hope that the faster I knit, the least likely it will be that I will have to use that third skein for anything more than the sleeves.  Cause, that will work...Right?  ♥


  1. ohmygoodnes.. i already know i'm gonna love this!!! i know i LOVE boxy. in fact it's been in my queue.. and you've probably got me thinking of bumping it up in line now.. xoxo can't wait to see this!! xo

    1. Rebecca! You should totally cast on a Boxy too! Because it's beyond easy peasy you can knit a few stitches in between your work knitting! I've been eyeing all the FOs on Ravelry and wishing mine was done already! :p

  2. I know what you mean about Wollmeise - the colours are fabulous, but it wasn't the easiest yarn to knit with. I'll definitely be working with it at least a few more times though - I have a gorgeous skein that I'll be using for my Viajante, and my Mom fell in love with the Lintilla scarf I made and would like one for herself, so at some point I'll have to start looking for a green-y skein of Pure or Twin.

    Your Boxy looks beautiful so far - can't wait to see it finished!

    1. Ooohhh...what colour will you be knitting your Viajante in? Hahaha, Lintilla seems to be THE pattern of the moment. I know a handful of knitters who have to, or are currently, knitting a Lintilla because a mom/daughter/co-worker fell in love with theirs! Good thing it's such an easy and mindless knit!

      I can't wait for Boxy to be finished either...the colour is definitely out of my comfort range of what I have knit with in the past, but I have a feeling this will become my go-to pullover for the weekends! :)

    2. My Viajante will be in Flaschenposte (sp?). A really lovely teal/turquoise/grey mix. I really love that colour you're knitting with, though - the skein I used for Lintilla was really similar, and had that vivid mauve (although it was mixed with a black-y plum). It's going to look fabulous on you!

      I love the Lintilla pattern! The softness of the ruffles appealed to me a lot more than the more angular Hitchhiker that everyone was making (although I love how many of those have turned out). The Wollmeise really does magical things in Martina Behm's patterns, or maybe it's her patterns that really bring out the character of the yarn. In any case, I'm looking forward to starting on another Lintilla or similar at some point.

    3. Oh man Jacqueline! I LOVE Flaschenpost! I only have that in Pure I think? But would love it in lace. SUCH a gorgeous colour! I can't wait for you to knit it up so that I can drool all over it! :)

  3. This is very simple, but so effective! I love the design and I will definitely make one for myself:) Have a nice day


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