boxiing

From The Boys

My knitting rampage continues with marled yarns (again) and these boxy boyfriend sweaters. I’m always super nervous to knit sweaters because 1) time 2) $$$$ 3) risk of looking like a frumpy handmade gift from your Aunt Linda. That’s why I’m doing some super research to determine what makes the difference between a beautiful product vs a gross blob. Here’s where I’m focusing:

  • Use great yarn, only the best. Can be plain but high quality
  • Sweater style — I’m going for a straight crew neck pullover, with either a saddled shoulder (top middle photo) or raglan sleeve (top right photo)
  • Add an interesting detail // marled yarn (all of the above), contrasting shoulder color (top middle photo), minimal pattern (top left)
The Patterns

And here are the knit sweater patterns that I’ve tracked down, and hopefully one of them will turn out to be not awful!

  1. Mix No. 1: Crew neck pull-over.  Basic, straight bodice. I would shorten the sleeves. $8 pattern
  2. Stonehaven: Basic saddle shoulder sweater.  I would omit the garter details on the front “pocket.” $6 pattern
  3. Top-Down Seamless Sweater: This one is a men’s sweater pattern, but has has the great set-in saddle sleeve. $6.50
  4. Sweatshirt Sweater: Basic raglan sleeve pattern that is made to look like a sweatshirt.  I would omit the front pocket. Free
  5. Seamless Raglan Sweater: Basic sweater that could be a bit boxy. $10 (in book)
  6. Blank Canvas: This sweater is a bit more fitted than the others, which is a different look, but will come out more tailored. $8
  7. Pullover: A raglan sleeve boxy sweater. Free
  8. Raglan Sleeve Pullover: A basic raglan in bulky yarn which means it knits up quickly and a bit bulky and boxy. Free
  9. Crew Neck Jumper: A basic men’s sweater pattern.  A nice boxy look. Free

sweater inspiration: isabel marant / j crew / unknown / madewell / rachel comey / carhartt