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A la mode is a classic V-neck pullover with couture detailing. The front is a little shorter than the back to create a gradual slope, and the back is a bit wider than the front, with a slight billow created by short rows. Wear it with flats or heels, by itself or over a collared shirt, with a big, poofy skirt or with skinny jeans or cropped pants. Multiple pattern stitches give a la mode lots of texture. Pebble stitch on the bodice gives a baubled look that contrasts with the triangular pattern on the sleeves, which is created by lozenge stitch. The front, back, and sleeves are knit separately and pieced, and the collar, shoulder saddle, and cuffs are done in twin rib. If you love textured knits and have some experience with pattern stitches, you'll find a la mode to be a fun project that will keep your interest. While the stitches themselves aren't hard, they do demand that you pay attention, so this is not a mindless knit. CONSTRUCTION The front (a bit narrower than bank), back and sleeves are worked separately from the bottom-up and joined. Short-rows are used to shape sides and back (back is longer than front). The sleeves are set-in with saddles that are sewn between the front and back shoulders. The neckband is picked up around the V-neck after the pieces are sewn together. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit and purl inc and dec shot rows maintaining patt st GAUGE 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches/ 10cm in Pebble Pattern, blocked. Take time to check gauge. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Chest: 32 (36 1/4, 39 1/4, 43 3/4, 48, 52 1/4, 56 3/4, 61, 621/2)"/ 81 (92, 100, 111, 122, 133, 144, 155, 159)cm Length in back: 21 3/4 (22 1/4, 22 1/2, 22 1/2, 22 3/4, 22 3/4, 22 3/4, 23, 23)"/ 55 (57, 57, 57, 58, 58, 58, 58, 58)cm

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  • YARN Berocco Captiva 60% cotton/ 23% poly/ 17% acrylic: 13 (14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25) skeins
  • Or Approx Amount of DK weight yarn: 1200 (1350, 1500, 1650, 1775, 1975, 2100, 2325, 2400) yds/ 1100 (1225, 1375, 1500, 1625, 1800, 1925, 2125, 2200)m
  • NEEDLES Size 6 US/ 4mm needles, or size to obtain gauge

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Lori Versaci is the designer behind VERSACIKNITS. Interested in the use and mixture of texture, shape and finishing details, Lori has introduced classic garments with a fashion twist since 2009. Lori works from studios in New Jersey and Maine, where she also enjoys yoga, sailing, her four children, three dogs and husband (not necessarily in that order). You can find out more about VERSACIKNITS on ravelry, twitter, facebook or at