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Boxfot – CD Box by Stephen Hartley

 

 

Boxfot is a uniquely constructed felted box.  I use mine to hold about a dozen CDs.  It could be used to hold just about anything you want.  This box is made of four pieces, each done in the round.  As Boxfot is entirely made of knit stitches, it can easily be made by a beginner.  However, the criss-crossed striping will make you look like a pro.

 

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS

Felted size - approximately 6”H X 5.75” W X 5.75”D.

 

 

MATERIALS

Yarn – 1 skein each (220 yards – you won’t use the whole thing) Cascade 220 in 3 colors.  The box pictures used Blue Bell (MC), Black (C1), Charcoal Gray (C2).

 

Needles – Size 10 US 16” circular needle

 

Notions – 5 stitch markers (you may want the one to mark the beginning of the round to be a different color)

Tapestry needle

Button or other closure

PATTERN NOTES

You will be making your box with only 4 pieces.  The area in red in the picture to the right marks one of the four pieces.  Using mitered squared ends, the top and the bottom will natuarally square off.

 

K = knit

K2Tog = knit two stitches together

pm = place stitch marker

sm(s) = slipping marker(s)

 

GAUGE

Since it is felted, it probably doesn’t matter that much, but my gauge was 15 stitches for 4 inches.

PATTERN

1 Piece of the Box

Using the color that you want to be the middle of the top,  and  your circular needle,

Cast On 35, pm, CO 1, pm, CO 70, pm, CO 1, pm, CO 35, pm,(beginning of round). Join, being careful not to twist

 

Round #

Type

Color

Cast On

Straight

MC (Blue)

1

Decreasing

MC (Blue)

2

Decreasing

MC (Blue)

3

Straight

CC1 (Black)

4

Decreasing

CC1 (Black)

5

Decreasing

CC1 (Black)

6

Straight

CC1 (Black)

7

Decreasing

CC2 (Gray)

8

Decreasing

CC2 (Gray)

9

Straight

CC2 (Gray)

10

Decreasing

CC2 (Gray)

11

Decreasing

MC (Blue)

12

Straight

MC (Blue)

13

Decreasing

MC (Blue)

14

Decreasing

MC (Blue)

15

Straight

CC1 (Black)

16

Decreasing

CC1 (Black)

17

Decreasing

CC1 (Black)

18

Straight

CC1 (Black)

19

Decreasing

CC2 (Gray)

20

Decreasing

CC2 (Gray)

Bind Off

Straight

CC2 (Gray)

The pattern is made up of decreasing rounds and straight rounds.  Use the chart below to finish the piece, changing colors at the beginning of a round.

 

Decreasing Round - For all decreasing rounds,

K even until 2 sts before the marker,

K2Tog, sm, K1, sm, K2Tog,

K even until 2 sts before the marker

K2Tog, sm, K1, sm, K2Tog.

K even rest of round

 

Straight Round  - For all straight rounds,

K even, slipping all markers.

 

 

You will end up with a striped piece that looks similar to the one to the right.   The mitered sections should create an angled edge at each end, the piece will not lie flat.  Repeat the above to make four pieces.

 

 

 

Finishing Pre-Felt

Weave in loose ends using the tapestry needle.

 

Using the tapestry needle and matching yarn (CC2), sew up the inside (bound off edge) of each piece.  Since the box will be felted, the stitch doesn’t matter.  I used a whip stitch to give it a little more bulk.  These inside seams will become the corner edges of the box. 

 

Using the tapestry needle and matching yarn (MC), sew the outside (cast on edge) of each piece to each other forming a box.  Again, the stitch doesn’t matter. These seams will become the middle of each side of the box, including the top and bottom.  When finished, you will have a completely enclosed box.  The top and bottom should form a cross as pictured to the right.

 

 

Felt

See our felting tutorial for instructions. 

 

Finishing Post-Felt

Once felted, you will need to cut a slit around three sides of the top of the box to form the lid.  Use the picture as a guide.  My lid is approximately 1 inch from the top in the front, tapering back to be even with the top on each side.  Fill the box with CD cases (mine held 12) to dry in the desired form.  I let mine slant back a little to give a more interesting look.  Allow to dry overnight, then remove CD cases and turn upside down with the lid open to finish drying.

 

Once dry, attach the closure to the body and lid.  I used a button and an elastic hair band to make my closure.

 

 

 

Fill with your favorite CDs and enjoy!

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