Denise or Denephew? by Ned Renfield

Denise or Denephew?

Bulky (7 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
330 - 400 yards (302 - 366 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

At the line on page 3 where you separate the sleeves from body, it ays “There should be 19 stitches before marker 1, 48 stitches bewteen markers 2 and 3 and 19 stitches after marker 4’, the correct counts are 21 stitches before marker 1, 48 stitches between markers 2 and 3 and 21 stitches after marker 4.*

Had omitted a purl row in the yoke - the ravelry download has been updated and is now correct, so just re-download if you get to the error at row 13.

My sister-in-law was about to have a baby, and I wanted to make something gender-neutral since I didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl (hence the pattern name). Turned out to be a baby girl (her name is not Denise, though!). This chunky shawl-collared cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down, increasing along the raglan lines. The body is worked flat on a 29” circular needle, and the sleeves are picked up and knit in the round from the top down on double pointed needles, making it very easy to lengthen/shorten if the recipient is proportioned differently. Body length can also be adjusted simply by adding extra stripes in multiples of two. The chest measurement given (22”) should work for a 2T, but will also probably fit a slightly larger/older child if the body and sleeves are lengthened.


  • ≈220 yards of the main color
  • ≈110 of the second color (I used EXACTLY three skeins of the Northampton Bulky and cut it very very close).
  • US 10 circular needle, 29”
  • US 10 DPNs, set of 5
  • 4 stitch markers

Stitches: Stockinette stitch, seed stitch, M1 (picking up a loop from the gutter between two stitches), and a tiny (easy) bit of short row shaping in the collar

The pattern calls for going down a needle size for extra density. In general, I knit very tightly, so I used a US 10, but a looser knitter might want to go smaller than that.

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so please please please let me know of any errors or unclear instructions so that I can correct them as soon as possible! Thanks!