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Persimmon Ribbed Turtleneck

Persimmon Ribbed Turtleneck
Persimmon Ribbed Turtleneck
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The Persimmon Ribbed Turtleneck is a beautiful free knitting pattern perfect for colder temperatures. The ribbing of this knit sweater and the edging detail really make this pattern something special. Plus, the lovely, soft color of the yarn will look divine against anyone's skin. You can stay nice and cozy with the turtleneck detail and the slightly relaxed fit ensures almost every body type will look slimmed down and stunning. You don't need to be an expert in order to try your hand at this sweater knitting pattern. Before you know it, you will have a lovely addition to your cold weather wardrobe.

NotesTo fit bust/chest measurement:
Extra small/small - 28-34" [71-86.5cm]
Medium - 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large - 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large - 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3 X-Large - 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5 X-Large - 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust/chest
Extra-Small/Small 37" [94 cm]
Medium 40½" [103 cm]
Large 44½" [113 cm]
Extra-Large 49" [124.5 cm]
2/3 X-Large 55" [140 cm]
4/5 X-Large 63" [160 cm]

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles

Materials List

  • Caron® Simply Soft® (Heathers: 5 oz/141.7 g; 250 yds/228 m) - 4 balls (XS/S), 5 balls (M), 6 balls (L), 7 balls (XL), 8 balls (2/3XL), 9 balls (4/5XL)
  • Caron® Simply Soft® (Solids: 6 oz/170.1 g; 315 yds/288 m) - 4 balls (XS/S), 4 balls (M), 5 balls (L), 6 balls (XL), 7 balls (2/3XL), 8 balls (4/5XL)
  • Sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 st holders

Instructions

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Back

**With smaller needles cast on 82 (90-98-110-122-138) sts.
1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.
Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing for 2½" [6 cm], ending with a 2nd row and inc 3(3-3-1-3-5) st(s) evenly across last row. 85 (93- 101-111-125-143) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 16 (16-16-16½-16½-16½)" [40.5 (40.5-40.5-42-42-42) cm] Say goodbye to knitter’s block for Her Version or 17 (17-17-17½- 17½-17½)" [43 (43-43-44.5-44.5- 44.5) cm] for His Version, ending on a purl row.

Shape raglans: Cast off 2 (2-3- 3-4-4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81 (89-95-105-117-135) sts.**

Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2.
Rep last 2 rows (4-14) times more, then 1st row once. (95-73) sts. Purl 1 row.

Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2.
3rd row: As 1st row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows (1-1-5-3-2) time(s) more. (77-83-69-71-55) sts.

All sizes:
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 23 (21-23-16-16-8) times more. 33(33-35-35-37-37) sts.
Leave rem sts on a st holder.

Front

Work from ** to ** as given for Back.

Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2.
Rep last 2 rows (4-14) times more, then 1st row once. (95-73) sts. Purl 1 row.

Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2.
3rd row: As 1st row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows (1-1-5-3-2) time(s) more. (77-83-69-71-55) sts.

All sizes:
1st row
: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 15 (13-15-8-8-0) times more. 49(49-51-51-53-53) sts.
Shape neck:
1st row
: (RS). K2. ssk. K10. K2tog (neck edge).
Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
2nd row: Purl.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and alt rows, AT SAME TIME, dec 1 st at raglan edge (as before) on next and alt rows until there are 4 sts.
Next row: (WS). Purl.
Next row: ssk. K2tog. 2 sts.
Next row: P2.
Next row: K2tog. Fasten off.

With RS facing, slip next 17 (17-19- 19-21-21) sts onto st holder. Join yarn to rem sts. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
Next row: Purl.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and alt rows, AT SAME TIME, dec 1 st at raglan edge (as before) on next and alt rows until there are 4 sts.
Next row: (WS). Purl.
Next row: ssk. K2tog. 2 sts.
Next row: P2.
Next row: K2tog. Fasten off.

Sleeves

With smaller needles, cast on 38 (38-42-42-46-46) sts.
Work 2½" [6 cm] in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back, ending on a 2nd row and inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 41 (41-45-45-49-49) sts.

Change to larger needles and work 6 rows in stocking st.

Her Version only: Inc 1 st each end of next row and following 6th (4th-4th-4th-4th-4th) rows until there are 67 (59-63-81-83- 85) sts.
Sizes M and L only: Inc 1 st each end of following 6th rows until there are (73-77) sts.
All sizes: Cont even until work from beg measures 17 (17½-17½-16½- 16-16)" [43 (44.5-44.5-42-40.5- 40.5) cm], ending on a purl row.

His Version only: Inc 1 st each end of next row and following 6th (4th-4th-4th-4th-4th) rows until there are 59 (55-59-71-69- 79) sts, then on following 8th (6th- 6th-6th-6th-6th) rows until there are 67 (73-77-81-83-85) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 18 (18½-18½-17½-17- 17)" [45.5 (47-47-44.5-43-43) cm], ending on a purl row.

All sizes:
Shape raglans
: Cast off 2 (2-3-3-4-4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 63 (69-71-75-75-77) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2.
3rd row: As 1st row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows 2(3-2-2-0-1) time(s) more. 45 (45-53-57-69-65) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2.
2nd row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 17 (17-21-22-28- 26) times more. Leave rem 9 (9-9- 11-11-11) sts on a st holder.

Finishing

Sew raglan seams leaving left back raglan seam open.

Collar: With RS facing and smaller needles, K9 (9-9-11-11-11) from Left Sleeve st holder, dec 1 st at center. Pick up and knit 19 sts down left front neck edge. K17 (17-19- 19-21-21) from Front st holder. Pick up and knit 19 sts up right front neck edge. K9 (9-9-11-11-11) from Right Sleeve st holder, dec 1 st at center. K33 (33-35-35-37- 37) from Back st holder, dec 2 sts evenly across. 102 (102-106-110- 114-114) sts.
Beg on a 2nd row, work 9 rows in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back. Change to larger needles and cont in ribbing until Collar measures 9" [23 cm]. Cast off in ribbing. Sew left back raglan and Collar seam, reversing seam for turnback.

Sew side and sleeve seams.

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Abbreviations

Alt
alternate
Beg
beginning
Cont
continue(ity)
Dec
decrease(ing)
Inc
increase(ing)
K2tog
knit next 2 stitches together
P2tog
purl next 2 stitches together
P2togtbl
purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
Ssk
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
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Just started this one - have three on the go at the moment so this makes four lol. I could not resist the classic lines and style and happened to have the perfect yarn just waiting to become a sweater (this sweater). The array of sizes means I can make one for each of the girls in each one's favourite colour as well as one for husband and son and myself... oh! could be knitting this pattern all year!!

This sweater looks very nice. Looks like it has a great drape to it, which of course will make it very comfy to wear. I like the fact that there are so many sizes. It's written easy to understand for beginner I think I will have no problem making it

I am not a fan of turtle necks, but this pattern looks as though it would be easy to alter the neck to be shorter. I love that the pattern covers such a wide range of sizes. It isnt often you see patterns like this go well up into the plus sizes. I can make sweaters for the whole family with this!

I love the design of this sweater. The pattern is so versatile with so many sizes and even a women's and a men's version, and Caron's Simply Soft is a great yarn to work with.

Looking forward to making sweater. It would make a great layering piece for those really cold days. The stitching is simple enough but may take a while for me to complete. It will be in my yarn bag when the kids are at their summer swim lessons.

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