Joji + Milo: A Perfect Match of Pattern and Yarn

By Ann Shayne
June 12, 2017

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  • My Bizance Milo is on its way!!! Is that the most gorgeous color of pink, or what? I have a hard time believing I’ll ever be able to knit something that does it justice, but I’m darn sure going to have a blast trying!!! I had already begun to swatch another Joji sweater – Trevor – so I’ll have to decide whether to set it aside and start Granito with MDK or continue with Trevor. Decisions, decisions, decisions …..

  • This is the first combination of pattern and yarn that has tempted me to break my “only knit from stash” resolution this year. Trying … to… stay … strong …

    • Oh me too Carol C, everything for the past couple of years has been from stash. Just this weekend I was looking at that pattern on Rav and trying to decide if stash would yield any thing. Oh this yarn is so pretty……………nothing in stash………………………………….

    • You and me, Carol.

  • OK, here’s my dilemma: The pattern specs fingering, this Manos Milo is sport, and I have the perfect wool/cotton DK in stash. Welcome thoughts from other commenters – doable? My yarn is Cestari Ash Lawn Collection 75%wool, 25% cotton … so I’m cognizant there would be a drape difference, but I did buy this yarn with Joji’s Boxy in mind …

    • Go with the gauge you need for your yarn by finding the bust measurement stitch count that yields your needed measurement. Keep on track with length etc., as you go. Presto chango. I did Granito out of a Malabrigo DK yarn. Looks great. Just finishing second that is a mash-up of this and a similar pattern with a different way of working the tip short rows. Yum.

      • Thanks! So I think you mean choose my size based on the gauge I like in a swatch. I’ve seen a few DK versions on Ravelry … First I should finish the Joji MKAL shawl in progress!

        • Maggi,

          Don’t want to rain on your parade but my Boxy experience gives me some hesitation in endorsing your plan. I used sportweight instead of fingering and even though (a) I knit the smallest size and (b) I like a very roomy garment, it was not wearable due to swamping me. It was beautiful on my friend, though. She dip dyed it in indigo and wants a dozen more. Not sure where I’m going with this…

  • This yarn – does she pill?

  • I am failing miserably on my yarn diet this year. I do love a linen blend and “features a pocket at each side, ever ready to…give you the confidence that you could successfully harvest a few acorns and get them home in good order.” How am I supposed to resist the implied squirrel power?

    • Lol implied squirrel power! I am a strong believer that all pockets should be functional. No fake pockets! Maybe it’s a sign of age but I am thinking the pockets will be handy for single Kleenex storage.

      • I have additionally been long anti-epaulet as I have no ropes to hang from my shoulder …

  • This sweater looks like the one that is an immediate Old Friend. And the yarn looks gorgeous – I look forward to hearing what folks think of the merino-linen combo. Such colors…

  • Hey Ann. Had to find this post after we talked at TNNA. After reading it, I want to not only knit the sweater — but in the same yarn . . . .that’s not mine. 🙂

  • Love this sweater except for the crew neck. I’m a top-down newbie — can you do a v-neck or scoop neck on a top-down?