Deren Pullover by Jacqueline Cieslak

Deren Pullover

March 2021
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
Light Fingering
+ Lace
= Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
600 - 2425 yards (549 - 2217 m)
12 sizes by finished full bust circumference of 32-67.75"/80-169cm
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DEREN is designed to be a pattern to return to — both because there are so many ways to knit it, and because the detailed instructions teach skills that can be applied to other knitting patterns. Deeply wearable and fully adaptable, this top-down set-in sleeve sweater features a classic silhouette with seamless construction. The pattern includes 12 sizes, optional horizontal bust darts in 6 sizes, 4 original video tutorials, and 3 custom-fit formulas for adapting the sweater to your body.

Please note: the custom-fit formulas are available only in the full Embody collection and are not included when this pattern is purchased individually.


All of my garment patterns are #sizeinclusive up to at least a 60” full bust circumference.

DEREN is designed to be fitted in the shoulders and upper chest, with a small range of positive ease at the bust/chest and waist/hips. The pattern includes detailed instructions for selecting your size and a full schematic with 16 measurements.

In the pattern photos, Jacqui is wearing a size 9 with 4”/10cm of positive ease at the bust and no ease at the bicep.

In inches: (32, 35.25, 38.25, 41.75) [45, 48.25, 51.25, 54.75] {58, 61.25, 64.25, 67.75}
In centimeters: (80, 88.5, 96, 104) [112.5, 121, 128.5, 136.5] {145, 153.5, 161, 169}

To see how the sweater looks across the size range, check out the test knitting round up here!

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows over 4”/10cm in stockinette after blocking

Recommended needles:

  • Main needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 32”/80cm OR 40”/100cm circular; DPNs for sleeves if not using magic loop
  • Smaller needles for ribbing only: US 4 (3.5mm) 32”/80cm OR 40”/100cm circular; DPNs for cuffs if not using magic loop

Notions: stitch markers, locking stitch markers, darning needle, stitch holders or scrap yarn

This pattern is designed at a sport-weight gauge, which can be achieved with a number of different combinations of yarn. You can use a single strand of sport-weight or you can hold two strands of lighter-weight yarn together throughout.

If you hold a yarn double throughout, you will need to double the yardage shown below. Similarly, if you hold two different yarns together, you will need the full yardage in each yarn. If you choose a sport-weight yarn held single, you will need exactly the yardage shown below.

Please note that working significant adjustments to your sweater will affect the yardage.

Yards: (600, 700, 800, 900) [1050, 1200, 1350, 1500] {1700, 1900, 2100, 2300}
Meters: (550, 650, 750, 825) [975, 1100, 1250, 1375] {1550, 1750, 1925, 2100}

Yards: (950, 1050, 1150, 1250) [1400, 1550, 1700, 1900] {2050, 2250, 2450, 2650}
Meters: (875, 975, 1050, 1150) [1275, 1425, 1550, 1700] {1875, 2050, 2250, 2425}

Other suitable yarns:


Garnstudio Drops Kid-Silk
Knitpicks Aloft

Sugarbush Drizzle
Valley Yarns Southampton

Rowan Kidsilk Haze
The Farmers Daughter Mighty Mo


Isager Alpaca 1
Lang Alpaca Superlight

The Farmers Daughter Oh Dang
Ritual Dyes Fae


Holst Garn Supersoft
Custom Woolen Mills Spinner
Cloudborn Merino Singles

Malabrigo Mechita
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering

Ritual Dyes Maven
The Farmers Daughter Soka’pii

☀️ See pictures of other Deren sweaters and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #DerenSweater. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too! ☀️

Thank you to Kristina McGrath for her work as tech editor on this pattern, to La Bien Aimée for yarn support, and to Pom Pom Press for publishing the collection!