Cria is a very simple design, but the construction and details keep things interesting. Worked from the top down it begins with a small garter stitch rectangle for each shoulder, from which stitches are picked up and the sleeve caps, fronts and back are worked downwards in one piece. Short rows are used to angle the shoulders, with all of the shaping worked at the back, a detail that echoes the construction of traditional button down shirts. The front and back yokes are worked in garter stitch, with the sleeve caps in the stockinette stitch used for the main part of the cardigan, adding definition to the tailored style.
The garter stitch edgings are worked simultaneously with the body and slipped stitches between garter and stockinette stitch are used to prevent the edges folding under. As shown buttons can be positioned only on the garter stitch section of the yoke or all the way down as preferred.
No shaping is worked to decrease at the waist, but the drapey yarns shown will naturally follow your curves, and the gentle a-line flatteringly increases to the hips. If substituting a yarn that creates a less clingy fabric you may wish to add more definition at the waist. If you prefer to wear the cardigan buttoned at the bottom make sure to take your hip measurement into account and add more increases as necessary to maintain the a-line shaping. Alterations to the body length should be made evenly in between the increase rows.
Scrap yarn for holding sts.
1/2” / 12mm buttons – 3 or more for the body and 10 for the cuffs on the long sleeved version.
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Sportweight or very light double knitting yarn with a suggested gauge of 6.5 sts per inch / 2.5cm.
Cria is designed to use a drapey yarn, fibres such as alpaca, silk and superwash wool are ideal. These yarns are very likely to create a fabric that grows lengthwise when washed, this is taken into account in the pattern. Be sure to hang and weight your swatch. Cria features yarns worked at a fairly loose gauge, and the required stitch means that substituting heavier double knitting yarns could be a possibility, but a different row gauge will likely need to be taken into account and this will obviously create a different effect.
Altering the body length will require a change in the yarn required of approximately 3% per inch / 2.5cm for the long sleeved version and 4% per inch / 2.5cm for the short sleeved version.
Ysolda’s long sleeved version – Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca/Silk Sportweight (80% superfine alpaca, 20% silk, 280yds/256m, 3.53oz/100g) in lon-dubh (blackbird).
Ysolda’s short sleeved version – Du Store Alpakka BabySilk (80% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 145yds/133m, 1.76oz/50g) in colour 323.
Amanda’s version – Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% superwash wool, 15% silk,10% cashmere, 360yds/329m) in Olivia.
Short sleeves 715[760, 815, 860, 900, 950, 1005, 1055, 1105, 1165, 1220, 1275, 1300, 1390, 1455, 1500, 1545] yards / 655[695, 745, 760, 825, 870, 920, 965, 1010, 1065, 1115, 1165, 1190, 1270, 1330, 1370, 1415] metres
Long sleeves 1020[170, 1140, 1190, 1255, 1310, 1375, 1435, 1505, 1575, 1645, 1700, 1750, 1845, 1925, 1970, 2040] yards / 935[980, 1040, 1090, 1145, 1200, 1260, 1310, 1375, 1440, 1500, 1555, 1600, 1685, 1760, 1805, 1865] metres