mainstay cardi by Lori Versaci
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mainstay cardi

Knitting
August 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1575 - 2575 yards (1440 - 2355 m)
XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X) for busts 30 (34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 54)"/ 76 (86, 97, 107)(117, 127, 137)cm
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This seaworthy crew neck cardigan, features optional pockets, modern lines, shirt tail hem and comfortable fit. It is sure to become a mainstay in any wardrobe!

Simple stockinette stitch is outlined in classic 1x1 rib. The cardigan version of mainstay, it is approximately 4” longer than its namesake, but has the same accented shirt tailed side vents and beautifully curved, deeper crew neckline and relaxed fit throughout. Just like mainstay, the mainstay cardigan is the kind of sweater that you want to wear time-and-time again. And, it can be knit with or without pockets!

Shown here in a M, it is knit in The Plucky Knitter Sweater, which is beautiful, hand-dyed merino with 10% nylon, for added durability. Mainstay cardi will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come!

SIZES
XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X) for bust 30 (34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 54)“/ 76 (86, 97, 107)(117, 127, 137)cm

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
CHEST (Buttoned; includes approx 6”/15cm positve ease)
36 (40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)”/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5)cm

BACK LENGTH
(2” longer than front)
27 ¾ (28 ¼, 28 ¾, 29 ¼)(29 ¾, 30 ¼, 30 ¾)”/70.5 (72, 73, 74.5)(75.5, 77, 78)cm

YARN
The Plucky Knitter Sweater 90% merino, 10% nylon; 270 yards per skein: 6 (7, 7, 8)(9, 9, 10) skeins or

The Plucky Knitter Crew 75% merino wool, 25% cotton; 300 yds per skein: 6 (7, 7, 8)(9, 9, 10) skeins or

The Plucky Knitter Traveler DK 65% extrafine SW merino, 20% Mulberry silk, 15% yak; 275 yards per skein: 6 (7, 7, 8)(9, 9, 10) skeins or

Light DK or Sport weight yarn: approx 1575 (1700, 1850, 2025)(2225, 2400, 2575)yds/1450 (1550, 1700, 1850)(2220, 2200, 2350)m.

NEEDLES
Size 5 US (3.75mm) straight and 16”/40cm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS
Stitch markers and stitch holders or waste yarn
7 buttons

GAUGE
24 sts and 32 rows = 4”/ 10cm in St st (blocked). Take time to check gauge.

CONSTRUCTION
Front, Back and Sleeves are worked separately from the bottom-up and joined. Neckband stitches are picked up and worked.