Joji Knits

Joji Locatelli

Joji Knits, designer Joji Locatelli was today’s guest on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird, all the way from Argentina! This made for a Great adventure for a live program.

Joji (pronounced Ho-Hee) says she learned to knit at about age 8, mom taughter her to a garter stitch scarf. Not exciting and the yarn was not a thrill so that was it till she was in University she started thinking about taking crafts up. At 24, she was about to get married but decided to quit smoking. Her mom had left some needles at her house and she picked up knitting again.

At first she didn’t have access to patterns, with her mom’s help she was able to improvise in her knitting. Then she found Ravelry. There she was able to follow her favorite designers and improve her skills, till she became a designer herself.

Joji and her current favorite design, Boxy

When she starts a design, she has an idea of what she wants to make but it sounds like the particulars work themselves out in process. In the beginning, she was so engrossed with what she was working on, she would forget to write things down as she worked on them. Even without completely understanding English her designs communicate classic beauty.

In spite of the changes in import/export laws, which makes it hard for someone like Joji to purchase yarn. she says ‘Don’t Worry’ she has a good supply at hand. Malabrigo is from Uruguay, right next door to Argentina! Sometimes, the colors she is sent by a yarn designer is not what she had in mind, and then she finds the design becomes based on the yarn itself.

Her latest design, Japan Sleeves, based on another of her cardigan designs, Old Romance, incorporates lacework from Japanese charts, and has been very popular among JojiKnits fans. Old Romance was very well received, which inspired her to continue the thought of the lace panels down the sleeves and the rest of the sweater constructed from that. Then she was sharing her inspiration for Japan Sleeves and the thought of stripes and her friend reminded her stripes in this would be like shawls that you see often. Working out the stripes in the short rows, but she loves that the design came together well.

Her website, https://www.jojiknits.com/ She can also be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joji.knits

Another of Joji’s designs that is popular is Boxy and Buttony. a next step after Boxy, by their nature as oversized and their boxy shape becomes comfortable and drapey. (Joji later shared that she personally likes the Boxy design so much she wears it all the time!) She also discussed how the feminine shape of Meridien comes together.

Joji says she gets most of her designing done in the evenings after her two boys go to bed. Her husband does freelance work as well, so this works for her family very well! Check out her designs in Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/joji-locatelli

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  1. Michele says:

    I absolutely loved the show today! It was so nice talking to Joji and her beautiful designs and she was so sweet. I look forward to yarn shopping for my Boxy sweater.

  2. Judy says:

    I thoroughly enjoy listening to your podcasts Marly, and one day I’d love to try using some of that Bijou Basin Ranch yak yarn that you have talked about.

  3. Love2stitch says:

    Loved listening to live podcast yesterday. Now I feel better too that I often buy pretty yarn and then let it speak to me about what it wants to become 🙂

  4. Lesa Vasiliou Tusti. says:

    Great interview. My first time listening, but it won’t be my last. Joji’s patterns pair fantastically with The Plucky Knitter yarn.

  5. deemg says:

    What a great podcast, I’m so thrilled that I go to call in and talk to Joji in Spanish! I love how she talked about how she writes patterns based on yarn. She chooses the yarn and then from there decides what the yarn will become. I do it totally reversed, explains why I’m not a designer 🙂

  6. Debbie says:

    Wouldn’t you just love to have access to Joji’s yarn stash? Very enjoyable interview and fun to dream about which two patterns I’d pick if I win the prize!

  7. hotknitter says:

    I love to hear people’s yarn stories. I also love to hear about people’s love of yarn since I love yarn too. Great interview.

  8. Michele says:

    It was so nice talking to Joji. I cannot wait to go yarn shopping and start the Boxy sweater. I’ve been intimidated to do a knit sweater but feel that if I want it bad enough, I can figure it out. Time for more YARN!!!

  9. Michaeline Reed says:

    I love Joji’s designs! She is one of my favorites. Any YARN in her hands is always going to bloom into something beatiful!

  10. Ellen says:

    I have knit several shawls from Joji’s pattern Imagine. No matter what kind of yarn used, I have been pleased. Have several patterns in my Ravelry queue, just have to see what is in my yarn stash that will work.

  11. Vicki Lynch says:

    As always, an entertaining show. I loved the story of how you posted and got help with the layover in NY. After all, you had precious cargo to consider with suitcases full of yarn and wonderful city to explore. I’m glad a local knitter was able to come through for you.

  12. Stephanie Axman says:

    I have followed Joji’s patterns for a while and finally decided to do the fall kal and try to do Buttony & Boxy. But there are so many of her patterns I love!! It was interesting to hear the due to laws she isn’t able to get yarn as readily as we do. It’s amazing that she manages to get her hands on such wonderful yarn. She has such a great eye!

    Loved the show!!!

  13. jsevensenJoan Evensen says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. I love Joji’s designs. Even though I thought Boxy might not be flattering, Joji convinced me that the right yarn will make it drape so it looks beautiful! (Like I need a reason for more yarn… 😉

  14. Suzanne says:

    I can’t imagine not being able to buy yarn whenever I wanted. I would probably want to squirrel away a large stash too. I am now super tempted to knit a boxy. It’s flattering but looks so warm and cozy.

  15. carrotmusic says:

    It was fun to hear Joji talk about her patterns and to hear her explain how her design process is yarn-driven. If I had enough yarn and enough time, I would have to knit quite a few of her designs. I especially like Meridien, Ecuador and So Close.

  16. Lydia says:

    I love Joji’s patterns, and have purchased so many and even knit a few, I now need to match up yarn to knit some more. She is such a fabulous designer and so inspiring.

  17. Mary Gladue says:

    Loved your interview with Joji. I have knit a few of her patterns. Her designs look great whether you use a solid or verigated yarn.

  18. Debra says:

    I loved listening to her adventures with yarn! It would be so heartbreaking not to be able to just sit down at my computer, order yarn, and have it shipped to me. I am glad she finds other ways to get yarn!

  19. Michele says:

    What Joji does with yarn is just beautiful! I cannot wait to make a Boxy sweater, as soon as I finish my Lipstick KAL.

  20. Penny Halverson says:

    I love Joji patterns! And now I know how to pronounce her name correctly. As always, a great interview, thank you for finding great guests.

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