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Home : Patterns : Turtleneck Sweater

Free Knitting Pattern: Turtleneck Sweater

Lion Brand® Woolspun (old)
Pattern #: 972
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner + (Level 2)

SIZE: XS, Medium, Large, 1X
Directions are for sizes X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large). 
Finished chest: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)". 
Finished Length: 24 (25, 25, 26, 26)".
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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*Woolspun (old) (Article #370). 63% wool, 26% acrylic, 11% polyester; package size: Because of the nature of this yarn, we only give length, not not weight of the product, as the number of ounces can vary due to the textures of the skein. Each skein is 100 yds/91 m

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Turtleneck Sweater

Lion Brand® Woolspun (old)


8 sts and 12 rows = 4" in St st on size 13 needles. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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K 2, P 2 rib (multiple of 4 sts plus 2): Row 1 (RS): *K 2, P 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, k 2. Row 2: *p 2, k 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, p 2. Rep Rows 1 and 2 for k 2, P 2 rib.


Cast on 38 (42, 46,50,54) sts. Work in k 2, P 2 rib for 5 (5, 6, 6, 6)". Work in St st until piece measures 15 (16, 15, 16, 15)" from beg, ending with a WS row. Shape armholes: Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of next 2 RS rows -30 (34, 36, 40,44) sts. Work even until piece measures 24 (25, 25, 26, 26)" from beg. Bind off.

Work same as Back until piece measures 21 (22,22,23,23)" from beg, ending with a WS row -30 (34, 36, 40, 44) sts. 
Shape neck: Next Row (RS): K 11 (13, 13, 15, 16) sts, join another ball of yarn and bind off center 8 (8, 10, 10, 12) sts, k to end of row. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge on next 3 RS rows. Work 2 rows even. Bind offrem 8 (10, 10, 12, 13) sts each side.

Cast on 18 (18, 22, 22, 22) sts. Work in k 2, P 2 rib for 5 (5,6,6,6)". Work in St st; AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st each end of next RS row and every 4th row 9 (9, 9, 9, 10) times -38 (38,42,42,44) sts. Work even until piece measures 17 (17, 18, 18, 18)" from beg or desired length to underarm. 
Shape cap: Bind off 2 (2,3,3,3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of next 2 RS rows. Work 1 row even. Bind rem 30 (30, 32, 32, 34) sts.

Sew right shoulder seam.

With RS facing, pick up and k 42 (42, 46, 46, 50) sts around neck edge. Work in k 2, P 2 rib for 7 (7, 8, 8, 8)" or desired length for turtleneck. Bind off very loosely (or use knitting needle several sizes larger). Sew left shoulder/neckband seam, reversing seam for fold back collar. Sew Sleeves to sweater body matching underarm shaping. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Weave in ends.
Turn down collar.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Turtleneck Sweater Reviewed by robin pennell on 2011-05-29 ****
I knit this sweater about six years ago when I lost weight. It fit great except that I could have added length at the waist and arms. I used a thick and thin European yarn. I absolutely loved it...then I gained the weight back and I gave it away...
I plan on making another one!

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