Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fresh Off The Needles: Boxy

Oh yes kids, it's time for yet another FO!  And look, it's even a recent knit!  I'm just on a roll here!  But really, it would be absolutely crazy of me to wait around to snap a few photos or to blog about this knit considering just how often I wear it.  Seriously, since this pullover has been off the needles I've been wearing it non-stop!  So much so that I'm probably the only person on the West Coast that wants it to rain just so that I can wear this knit.  Atomically messed up, right??

The only reason why I'm able to blog about this FO so quickly is because I wear this pullover so much that taking photos of it just happened by chance on one of the (many) days that I was wearing it.  The Mister and I were driving around town when I mentioned that I needed to take FO photos of it "while it still looked good" (you know what I'm talking about!!).

Me: I better take pictures...and soon.  I've been wearing the crap out this thing!
Mister: Why don't you take pictures of it now?
Me: ...
Mister: Seriously, let's take pictures of it right now...that way you can stop harassing me about it.
Me: Mmmm...I dunno, I feel bloated...I don't have any lipgloss on...I'm also feeling lazy.
Mister: I highly doubt anyone would notice if you were bloated in that thing.
Me: The bloated essence will come through in the photos.
Mister: That doesn't even make any sense!  Hey...we should take photos over there (points to an old roundhouse)  
Me: That looks cool.  Are we allowed in there?  I don't want to get busted for trespassing.  Cause if we do, I'm so telling them that your Cialis* had kicked in and we needed somewhere to go.

*Please note that the Mister does not take Cialis or any medication of that kind.  He'd kill me if he knew I just blogged that conversation!

Anyhoo, I definitely love how this pullover turned out...even if I did have an issue with (the lack of) alternating skeins.  This was an insanely wonderful mindless knit and it had worked up much faster than I had anticipated, which is always a lovely surprise.  I'm so use to knitting garments that are more on the fitted side and so I honestly thought this would take me a week or two longer than norm to finish up.  But lo and behold, I managed to get this off the needles and even blocked and ready within a month and for when I went to Seattle for Vogue Knitting Live!

I didn't do too many mods to the pattern, just a few tweaks and shortening the length enough to compensate for my vertically challenged measurements.  The pattern itself was clearly written and super easy to follow.  I loved the fact that the designer had given instructions for both seamed and seamless construction options.  DId you know that this is my first time knitting a Joji pattern?  Even though I seem to have at least half of her designs in my queue?  Oh yeah, and it definitely will not be the last!!  I've already got Grown Up Girl on my radar AND the yarn picked out from the stash!

I absolutely love the simplicity of this design.  It has just enough interest in the shoulder detail to keep from being anything but plain.  The design is perfect for showcasing those skeins of beautiful tonals, although with that said I've seen a few Boxys knit up in yummy stripes and there was even one done up in a gorgeous blue ombré.  

I know I say this with practically every project I knit, but I really do want to knit another Boxy.  I think it is completely essential that I have one knit up in a grey (of course!) for my fall/winter wardrobe.  I can already picture myself wearing it with a pair of capris and some funky heels (or booties!!).  Or maybe some bright skinny jeans, boots, a long chain necklace, and leather driving gloves.  

Hmm...yes, I think it's a must that I knit another.

When I first cast on this pullover I really wasn't sure if this boxy style would suit my short frame.  I thought it might make me look even more squat than I already am, but I think shortening the length by 2 inches and keeping the style cropped really helped.  In case you're curious and/or wanting to knit up a Boxy of your own but aren't sure if you can pull it off height-wise, I'm a mere 5 feet and a bit (with high emphasis on "the bit" part).  On slightly warmer days when I can still get away with wearing Boxy, I've been pairing it with skinny jeans and flip-flops and think I still look ok and not at all tater tot-ish.  But I still highly recommend a heeled boot.  But that's just me.  That's just my style.  That's just how I roll.

I am not by any means a busty girl but I love how the hemline automatically becomes asymmetrical due to the "natural" lift from the chest at the front without having to knit any extra length at the back.  I also love how well the fabric drapes and flows without clinging to any unwanted bumps.  I used just over 2.5 skeins of Wollmeise Twin (so about 1300 yards of fingering weight) and think I might use Twin again for the the next one.  Although I'm also thinking about using a hank of Wollmeise's Lace-Garn...cause really, how awesome would it to be able to knit an entire garment without the worry of having or needing to alternate skeins?  And definitely very minimal ends to weave in!  My only problem: my stash lacks any Lace-Garn in grey colourways.  Surprising?  I know!  And from what I can tell, Lace hanks have been absent in the shop updates pretty much all month long.  Not that I've been checking up on the shop activity or anything like that...


Have I mention just how comfy this pullover is?  No?  Well, let me tell you, Boxy is soooo incredibly comfortable.  I could seriously live in it.  Having a so-called "fat day"?  Who cares when you're wearing Boxy!  Ate too much and now you're feeling bloated?  No worries!  Boxy's got your back and will make sure no one notices.  And the best part of it all?  When matched up with skinny jeans or leggings (but make sure they aren't see-through or overly tight!!) and a pair of knee high boots, Boxy will make you look effortlessly chic.  Emphasis on the effortless.  Now that's my kind of style and my kind of knit!

Do you see now why I want to knit another?  A neutral colour Boxy would totally be in high wardrobe rotation come fall and winter.  It would be stupid of me to not knit another.  Right?  

Right??!? know what?  I think maybe I should go dive into the stash for a bit...or maybe take a gander around a few yarn shops, locally and online.  Just in case...

:: Pullover Details ::
Pattern: Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Wollmeise 80/20 Twin
Colour: "We're Different" Petit Poison Nr. 5 Medium
Needles: Signature Needle Arts Circular 3.75mm (US 5)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Boxy


  1. Looks wonderful!
    So tell us, Cialis or no Cialis, did you go for a roll in the roundhouse anyway? ;)

    1. Hahaha!! ;) Sadly, no. There was a man watching us...I don't think he liked the idea that we were there!

  2. FABULOUS! There aren't that many designers around that do patterns for handknits that don't look kinda... "handknit"... do you know what I mean? I mean that (in the most positive way possible) this looks so chic on you that it looks like you got it from a wonderful shop. I've never heard of Joji before, but I'm going to go and check out the other designs asap. Thank you for such a fantastic review!

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean!! I always worry that my knits will look too "homemade". I mean, yes, I made the item but I don't want it to be overly obvious! So thank you so much for the awesome compliment!! :)

      Joji has some fantastic patterns and I really can't wait to knit another of her designs! Let me know if you do end up knitting something of hers! :)

  3. Awesome and you completely rock this! If I thought I could rock it like this I would totally make one.
    The colour is fabulous on you and the bloated comments made me giggle.

    1. Thanks Kelly! :) Haha...I was hoping no one would get offended by the bloated comments, so I'm glad you had a giggle! ;)

  4. this post was more than fantastic! hahah i can not wait until i get my yarn for my boxy! squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    1. Thanks Rebecca!! :) Like I've said before, I think this design would look fantastic on you!!

  5. I love your boxy and the color you knit it in!

  6. This looks awesome! I love the colour and the shape. I think I need to check this pattern out.

    1. Thanks Kat! Definitely check out the pattern! I think this would be great knit up in linen for those warm days you get over there in Australia! :)

  7. This is seriously fabulous on you and the color is amazing! (I went and clicked "buy" on Ravelry before writing this comment, hehe, thanks for the enabling!) Hilarious :: your conversation with the mister :D

    1. Thanks Preeti! :) Hahaha, I've never denied the fact that I like to enable people! I really hope you enjoy knitting this pattern when you get around to it! ♥


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