FO: Boxed Pullover

This is my 500th post on Yards of Happiness. Wow! That kind of blows my mind that I’ve stuck to it this long. So thanks for reading with me. Now on to the latest finished object…

I have been staring at my overflowing stash and have really wanted to focus on using the yarn I have. At least making a big enough dent in my stash before Maryland Sheep and Wool and because I have some really beautiful yarn. I also really love this Madelinetosh Vintage color, Clue Board from 1984 and I wanted to use the rest of it (you may remember it as the accent color in my brioche cardigan I made in October). So I dug through my sweaters I’ve favorited on Ravelry, thought about something with a bigger gauge to make the 800 yards I had left work and landed on the Boxed Pullover.
Boxed pullover
This isn’t my usual silhouette but I’ve seen so many other people wear cute cropped pullovers that I thought, why not try it? Too often we just say this isn’t for me and miss out on something good. I’m glad I decided to knit this one because I love it. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. And if I didn’t like it I’d either give it to my BFF or just frog it, no harm no foul. The only modifications I made were to make the body pieces 2 inches longer than specified and make the sleeves 2 inches shorter – so I knew I’d have enough yarn to balance it all out. I think I had enough leftover that I could’ve added another inch to the body, but the 10 inches from underarm is the perfect cropped length for me. And since my arms are shorter, the original 13-inch sleeve would’ve been too long on me, know your measurements so you know what to modify to suit your shape better!
Boxed pullover
One of the reasons I wanted to try this silhouette is because I wear a lot of high waisted pants and I thought it would work. These are a pair of fun high waisted wide leg jeans that I love. I’ve also paired it with skinny jeans over a longer top too. Next I’m going to throw it on top of a short sleeved dress. I really, really love this color. It’s like a rainbow with a charcoal grey wash on top of it, it’s a perfect neutral in my book.
Boxed pullover
Also, this sweater is knit in pieces and seamed. That’s not my favorite technique but I told myself I really need to get better at it, so I’m going to also stop using excuses for things I don’t like to do to keep me from making what I like. And maybe the more I work on it, the better I will get. Maybe.

37 Replies to “FO: Boxed Pullover”

  1. Love it on you. It fascinating that the yarn looks so different when used solo rather than as a trim in the cardigan. It’s beautiful.

  2. I think it looks great ❣️ I think this is the year to step out of our comfort zone.

  3. I used to avoid seaming too, and decided to get over it. It is empowering to see any pattern now and know I can make it! Love your new sweater, and the color is so rad!!

  4. Happy 500th blog post! I really enjoy your work – it motivates me.

  5. Congrats on 500th post!! That’s awesome. I’m going to be attempting my first pullover sweater-a pattern by Jennifer Wood called Fall River. It’s like a cozy, baggy sweatshirt. Can’t wait to see how it comes out;)

  6. What a fabulous sweater! It looks just great on you — both the color and the style.

  7. Dana: love the look of this and the yarn – perfect. Congrats on your milestone blogging , and I hope you keep it up.

  8. Your yarn is beautiful knit up and while seaming is not my favorite technique either, it’s a good thing to master. Happy 500th blog post. Keep ’em coming.

  9. Another fab and fashionable success!

  10. I have been following your blog for some time. . You bring yards of happiness to everyone. I love your top and it looks great on you.

  11. The color reminds me of Rios Arco Iris but brighter and cheerier-it is you!

  12. This is such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and specifics of the project. The sweater is adorable on you😀

  13. Really gorgeous! Totally going in my queue…and perfect yarn for it.

  14. That looks super cute on you! I extended my Carbeth body by a few inches, and honestly now I wish I’d left it a little more cropped. I could always rip it back an inch or two and reknit the ribbing I guess.

  15. Congratulations on your 500th post! I have enjoyed and been inspired by your blog for a long time now. Thank you.

  16. That sweater looks great on you! Lovely happy color, and it does look great with those jeans 🙂
    Also, congratulations on your 500th post!

  17. Would you explain more specifically how you increase the gauge on this sweater (which looks fabulous, by the way). The yarn is what weight, for example? And what size needles did you use in knitting it? It looks great in the picture but doesn’t increasing the needle size produce a holey fabric? Your expert use of color and your incredible style really inspires me. And I love your gutsyness in jumping in and trying new things. Thank you for an exceptional blog!

    1. I got gauge with worsted weight yarn using 10 1/2 needles (I link to my Ravelry page). I’ve used this yarn before at this gauge so I knew how it would look.

  18. Oh, that looks so comfortable! And I love the colors. I would love to see it over a dress, too. Beautiful! ❤️

  19. Congratulations on your 500th post! This sweater is another winner. The fit and the color look great on you! Now that you have taken the plunge into cropped sweaters you have even more options to knit….although, that might make deciding on what to knit a bit harder. Decisions, decisions…. have a great weekend!

  20. Love the look. I’ve got that one in mind and had the same thoughts as you. You inspire me to knit onward for the boxy.
    PS: where do you buy your high waisted pants. I hate the mid rise and really hate the low rise but I’m at a loss to find high rise.
    🇨🇦💖🇨🇦

  21. I love your getting into the new year with techniques you want to improve! This is such a fun vintage stash beauty! Well done! You inspire me!
    Congratulations!
    May I ask about what weight of yarn you used with this knit?
    ♥️♥️♥️

    1. Sorry, I read the comments above! Regarding worsted weight, US10.5! And gauge! Thank you so much for posting these beautiful photos!

  22. It wasn’t until I saw a female of color djing that I could imagine myself doing that… and then I just saw the feature post on ravelry and thought the same about knit and ing a sweater in weekend!!

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