Saturday, April 19, 2014

Worsted weight Boxy

A few weeks ago, I started experimenting with Malabrigo Rios, because I wanted to make a worsted weight version of one of my most popular patterns: Boxy.
Lots of people liked this pattern, but many knitters told me that they were afraid of that much knitting...  So after a couple of years after I released the original version, I decided it was time to give it a go at the modified one.
What I remembered very well about Boxy was that it was crucial for the yarn to drape, otherwise it's just a big sweater, and not as flattering...  I needed a yarn that could be blocked and stretched to a very loose gauge, and possibly, that wouldn't shrink back to it's original state afterwards.
Rios is a 100% Superwash merino yarn with a very soft twist, and I thought it would be perfect for it.  It's available in a great variety of colors, it's quite inexpensive, and most importantly: I can buy it locally, which is very unusual.
The colorway I chose is called "Niebla", which means fog.  It's a soft mix of grays, beige, yellow and even a tiny bit of purple, which create a very neutral looking hue, but more complex than most neutral toned yarns.

 I made the whole prototype in less than a week.  It was so much fun to make, as my Mom and I were working the back and front at the same time (1 piece each), and we were racing each other.  It really is a very quick project, and the testers also were done in a very short time.

So gladly, the pattern was published very soon, so this can be your next transition weather staple (it is for me! only I am transitioning into winter)...

You can find it on Ravelry now!  And if you have already purchased the original one through Rav, you can get this new one 50% off (no coupon code needed, you just put it in the cart and the discount will be automatic).

Hope you like some instant gratification knitting for a change ;)



Alex said...

That is gorgeous!! I love Niebla- I don't think it's as popular because it doesn't grab a lot of attention on the shelf, but it's so beautiful knitted up.

Anneczka said...

Wow, I like it!

pjc5469 said...

I love it! I am working on the original Boxy in fingering for my daughter and on this one in the color Whiskey Barrel. I love, love, love your patterns and have many of them!!

Jill Jarvis said...

Oh I love this sweater too! I'm trying my hand at the boxy now. Question on what length of circular needles will be best?!

Jody M said...

I purchased this one today as I had the original, but not the time to do in fingering. I', very excited. I bought a superwash by Miss Babs and I am hoping to knit tonight! Great work, don't stop!

charo said...

Me encanta este jersey! No podría comprar el patrón en español?

Bone-A-Fide Dog Trainer said...

I'm having a an issue with gauge. I made 2 swatches and here is what I get. Please help me figure out what to do!
US 8--> 16 stitches and 26 rows in 4"
US 10--> 18 stitches and 24 rows

I don't want to an even bigger needle unless that is trust what is needed. Did I not stretch enough (the fabric was super open when I did)????