Themis by Robin Melanson


June 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
995 - 1660 yards (910 - 1518 m)
31¼ (35, 38, 41¼, 44½, 47¾, 51)" circumference at chest, buttoned
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“This light cardigan has a pattern of diverging ribs on the upper sleeve, which is accomplished by discreetly placed increases and decreases. Themis is the name of a group of asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since the yarn color was inspired by meteorites, I thought it fitting that the garment should have a related name. When I think of the colors that make up the yarn, and of the materials that make up the asteroid belt, I am reminded that all the heavier elements in existence were formed inside stars millions of years ago, and blown into our universe by supernovae. This thought always has a way of putting things into perspective, don’t you agree?” – Robin Melanson


  • Garment is composed of 5 separate pieces – Right Front, Left Front, Back & two Sleeves – all pieces are worked flat.
  • After garment is seamed, the wide buttonband panels are picked up and worked directly from Right and Left Fronts.
  • Small buttons are sewn on to finished cardigan to correspond with button loops.

Approximately 995 (1060, 1160, 1295, 1415, 1530, 1660) yards of fingering weight wool yarn
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 275 yards/50g): 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins
Photographed in color “Meteorite”

25 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch with Gauge Needle, before and after blocking

27 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in Eyelet Ribbing pattern with needle two sizes smaller than Gauge Needle, relaxed after blocking

One pair of needles in size needed to obtain Stockinette Gauge listed
Suggested Size: US 4 (3½ mm)
One pair of needles and one 24” or 32” circular two sizes smaller than Gauge Needle for Eyelet Ribbing
Suggested Size: US 2½ (3 mm)

31¼ (35, 38, 41¼, 44½, 47¾, 51)“ circumference at chest, buttoned
Sample shown is size 35” with 0” ease on model

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Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.