Gemma Cardigan


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Designed by Hilary Smith Callis

Loosely named for the Latin word for “jeweled” Gemma is a simple cardigan with lace “necklace” at the collar that is knit in one piece from the top down with a circular yoke. Short rows are used to raise the back collar, and sleeves are knit down from the yoke. The very slightly puffed, three-quarter length sleeves have cuffs of the same lace as the collar. Gemma is a flattering cardigan that is sure to become a wardrobe staple!

  • Knit Picks Swish DK, 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls of Tidepool Heather (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 123 yards per 50g ball); 770 (880, 990, 1100, 1210, 1320, 1430) yards
  • Needles:
  • US 5 (3.75mm) circular needles (length needed is determined by size; XS-L should use at least 32”, XL-3XL should use at least 40”)
  • Same size of needles preferred for working sleeves in the round (e.g. DPNs, two circular needles, or circular needle long enough to use Magic Loop)
  • Other Materials:
  • 11 (11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13) !” (13mm) diameter buttons
  • Coordinating thread and sewing needle
  • 2 stitch markers, Scrap yarn, Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Sizes:
    Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
    21 stitches x 26 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch
    Skill Level: