Cria in Progress

Sometimes a knit comes along that’s both challenging and a bit boring. Cria, by Ysolda, manages to be both and thankfully, having taken some photos of it today I’m suitably inspired to continue on with renewed interest.

It all started out so promisingly. I’ve never made anything quite like it – I’ve done my fair share of top down garments but what Ysolda has done with this piece is, to the best of my knowledge, entirely unique. Here’s how it looks from the back.


The top of this cardigan is, as some of the best knits are, entirely an exercise in trust. A few sketched diagrams in the pattern, with a whole bunch of tables and numbers, seemed almost crazy and impossible the day I sat down to start it. But I kept on because, well, I want this cardigan and I have worked with Ysolda before and know to trust her. So trust I did and when I realised that starting out with two little rectangles of garter stitch was going to magically turn into the shoulders and neck of a cardigan, I started texting friends immediately saying ‘I don’t believe how she’s done this! It’s amazing!’

Yes, two little rectangles of garter stitch. About 2inches across. That’s right. Somehow these 2″ pieces become shoulders and you join them up and do a load of short row shaping (my personal knitting nemesis is a short row or fifty). And suddenly you have the beginning of what is obviously a cardigan, in a way it wasn’t before.

I watched the opening of the Olympics and kept on. I never watched much more of the Olympics after that. My love of sport watching being almost non-existent, I lost interest after the glamour and glitz and pop-history of the opening, but by then the top of the cardigan was done and I moved onto shaping the prettily puffed sleeves.

I thought a lot about Anne of Green Gables while making these sleeves.


They’re kind of puffed and if you know Anne of Green Gables even a little bit you’ll know she longed (in the movie at least – I can’t recall from the book) for deliciously puffed sleeves. I may have even put this on and said to Sean ‘Look! Puffed Sleeves!’. My Anne moment. He is forgiven for wondering what on earth I was talking about.

And because the sleeves are puffed, I have decided to keep them short. The pattern provides options for long or short and I think given we’re moving dangerously into spring (i.e. weather not suited to long sleeved cardigans as much) I think I’ll keep them short, doing the few rows of garter stitch Ysolda suggests, thus ensuring it’s a trans-seasonal piece. The yarn, by the way, is Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Redwood. Love it.


I’ll get there. Soon I hope. The long rows of stocking stitch are good for late night knitting and bus knitting but it’s getting rather big for the bus and I don’t always stay upright in the evening long enough to manage much.

And I seem to have caught another case of the hat knitting bug. Isn’t it always the way? In the middle of big projects, the desire to knit small, quick things is never, ever as intense as it is then.

And by the by, I’ve made another Mug Mat. Or Mug Rug. This one is for me and is now prettying my desk at work. I’m sick of the entirely utilitarian approach to my professional workspace. It’s just colourless and lifeless. A little bit of colour, somewhere to rest my tea cup and teapot, alleviates the dryness just a bit, even if at the end of the day it’s still just a desk.

red mug rug



14 thoughts on “Cria in Progress

  1. The trust factor is interesting. I am not a visual person so I can’t always look at directions and figure out how things are going to work. I have to just follow the directions and cross my fingers! I love the color you’ve chosen and really like the puff sleeves. I am probably the only female on the planet who did not read the Anne of Green Gables series.

  2. Short rows! You had all the clever excitement at the beginning, leaving you with all the stocking stitch at the end. Keep slogging on! I actually like the boringness of stocking stitch; it means I can read or watch a movie.

    Good luck!

    • Generally I do too – I just get frustrated when it seems to be slow going. It’s that boring middle section when it feels like there’s no progress – but that’s about to change I think!

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  3. This one is in my list and may be this winter’s sweater I make myself, but hmm. I didn’t notice the puffed sleeves. I well remember Anne’s desire for poufed sleeves (and how I adored Matthew for getting her the dress with them, and wondered what gabardine was; wasn’t it a brown gabardine?) but I’m not so sure on poufed sleeves on myself. I’ll be looking forward to more pics as you soldier on!

  4. I love how the cardigan is turning out – I may just add it to my queue. Oh and I distinctly remember Anne desiring poufed sleeves – and I never watched the movie (I got too frustrated by the changes they were making) so it must also be in the books.

  5. What you’ve done so far looks lovely!

    I can relate to the desire to do something else when working on big projects. My intarsia blanket is now just 236 rows ( or 47,200 stitches) from the end! But I’m pushing on because the way we’ve moved into spring so quickly, it’ll soon be too hot to sit under an 8ply blanket to knit it! So I’m being completely monogamous at the moment. Fortunately, the constant change of colours keeps it interesting, if somewhat slow!

  6. Sometimes it just takes trying it on, and realizing you’re in the homestretch, to want to keep going. You’re almost there – and what a beautiful finish line it will be! Well worth it. Such a gorgeous color, too.

    Great post, too – it’s fun to hear how others deal with the trust thing. I, myself, have a hard time with it. It tends to shut me down. As does not knowing if I’ll have enough yarn. But I do love patterns that are interesting and that you think, “How could this possibly work?!” and then they do. I’m making her Marin shawl/scarf now, and it’s a little mind-blowing to me that it’s working out exactly how it’s supposed to!

  7. Such a great colour! I do like a little pouf sleeve (not so much the leg o’mutton poufs that Anne had in the movie version!). This is the only pattern I quite like from the book (did you buy the book, I can’t recall?). Got to love an interesting construction method!

  8. ahh, the joy of good faith in knitting! Great cardigan and colour; such a luscious deep red. Ysolda certainly knows how to write good pattern, doesn’t she?

    looking forward to seeing more of your new hats too…

    (Anne with an e longs for puff sleeves in the book too, from my memory 😉 )

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