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Roomy Relaxed Turtleneck

Roomy Relaxed Turtleneck
Roomy Relaxed Turtleneck
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Roomy Relaxed Turtleneck is made with a beautiful brushed yarn that provides a new look to the basic worsted weight pullover sweater. You'll love how easy it is to wear and fit, and it's super comfy too. The pattern provides instructions for six different sizes, so you can make this item to fit almost anyone in your life. Plus, the design is incredibly slimming and the feminine rose color will look great with any skin tone. You don't need to be an expert knitter in order to pull off this easy knitted sweater pattern. Check out the full pattern and see for yourself! You'll be amazed at how nicely this piece comes together.

Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, and 3X-Large are in parentheses.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge14 sts = about 4" [10 cm]; 20 rows = about 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeTo Fit Bust/Chest: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" [91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm], Finished Bust: 37 (40, 45, 48, 53, 56)" [94 (101.5, 114, 122, 134.5, 142) cm], Finished Hip (Lower Edge): 45 (48, 53, 56, 61, 64)" [114.5 (122, 135, 142, 155, 162.5) cm], F

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Dreamy™: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls 8372 Rose
  • Susan Bates® Needles: 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Stitch holders
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Special Stitches
M1 (make 1 knit) = Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and knit strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole – 1 st increased.
M1P (make 1 purl) = Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and purl strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole – 1 st increased.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time, as if to knit to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of stitches, knit these sts together through back loop – 1 st decreased.

Pattern Stitch

1x1 Rib (over even number of sts)
Row 1 (right side): *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 2: Knit the knits st and purl the purl sts, as they appear. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 1x1 Rib.

  1. Notes
    1. Sweater is made in four pieces: Back, front, and two sleeves.
    2. All pieces are worked from the lower edge upwards.
    3. Body is wider at the lower edge and becomes narrower up to the armholes.
    4. Turtleneck is worked directly onto neck edge after pieces are seamed.
    5. When finishing a piece, leave a tail about 36" [91.5 cm] long to use when sewing pieces together.

Back

Cast on 78 (84, 92, 98, 106, 112) sts. Work in Garter st (knit every row) until piece measures about 1" [2.5 cm] from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Sides
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Rows 2–10: Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 9 more rows.
Row 11 (decrease Row – right side): K3, k2tog, knit to last 5 sts, ssk, k3—76 (82, 90, 96, 104, 110) sts.
Repeat Rows 2–11 for 6 more times – 64 (70, 78, 84, 92, 98) sts.
Continue even in Stockinette stitch until piece measures about 16" [40.5 cm] from beginning, end with a wrong side row.

Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, knit to end of row—60 (66, 74, 79, 87, 93) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, purl to end of row—56 (62, 70, 74, 82, 88) sts.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—54 (60, 68, 72, 80, 86) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5–34 (40, 46, 50, 56, 60): Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 15 (18, 21, 23, 26, 28) more times—24 (24, 26, 26, 28, 30) sts. Continue even in Stockinette stitch until armholes measure about 9 (9½, 10, 10½, 11½, 12)" [23 (24, 25.5, 26.5, 29, 30.5) cm].
Place all remaining sts on a stitch holder.

Front

Work same as back to Shape Raglan Armholes.

Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, knit to end of row—60 (66, 74, 79, 87, 93) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, purl to end of row—56 (62, 70, 74, 82, 88) sts.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—54 (60, 68, 72, 80, 86) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5–34 (38, 40, 42, 48, 50): Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 15 (17, 18, 19, 22, 23) more times—24 (26, 32, 34, 36, 40) sts.
Note: At this point, front armholes should measure about 2" [5 cm] less than back armholes.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (right side): K2, [k2tog] 0 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) time(s), k3 (2, 4, 5, 5, 6) for left front, place next 14 (14, 16, 16, 18, 20) sts on a holder front neck, then place rem 5 (6, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts on another holder for right front—5 (5, 7, 8, 8, 9) sts rem on needle left front.

Left Front
Sizes Small and Medium only:
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—4 sts.
Rows 5–10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 3 more times—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Right Front.

Size Large only:
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, knit to end of row— 6 sts.
Row 4: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—5 sts.
Row 5: K1, k2tog, k2—4 sts.
Row 6: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—3 sts.
Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—2 sts.
Rows 9 and 10: Repeat Rows 7 and 8—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Right Front.

Sizes X-Large and 2X-Large only:
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, knit to end of row— 7 sts.
Row 4: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—6 sts.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4— 4 sts.
Row 7: K1, k2tog, k1—3 sts.
Row 8: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—2 sts.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Right Front.

Size 3X-Large only:
Row 2 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, knit to end of row— 8 sts.
Row 4: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—7 sts.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4— 5 sts.
Row 7: K1, k2tog, k2—4 sts.
Row 8: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—3 sts.
Row 9: K2tog, k1—2 sts.
Row 10: Bind off 1 st, purl to end of row—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Right Front.

Right Front
Return the 5 (6, 8, 9, 9, 10) right front sts to needle so that you are ready to work a right side row.

Size Small only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 1 st, knit to end of row—4 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5–10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 3 more times—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Sleeves.

Size Medium only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—5 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 1 st, knit to end of row—4 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5–10: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 3 more times—1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Sleeves.

Size Large only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—7 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—5 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1—3 sts.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Bind off 1 st, knit to end of row—2 sts.
Row 8: Purl.
Rows 9 and 10: Repeat Rows 7 and 8— 1 st.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Sleeves.

Sizes X-Large (2X-Large) only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—8 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—6 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4—4 sts.
Row 7: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 2 sts, ssk—2 sts.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Bind off 1 st, knit to end of row—1 st.
Row 10: Purl.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Sleeves.

Sizes 3X-Large only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—9 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—7 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4— 5 sts.
Row 7: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1—3 sts.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Bind off 1 st, knit to last 2 sts, ssk—1 st.
Row 10: Purl.
Fasten off last st, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Proceed to Sleeves.

Sleeves (make 2)

Cast on 28 (28, 30, 30, 32, 32) sts. Work in Garter st (knit every row) until piece measures about 1" [2.5 cm] from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Sleeve
Size Small only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Rows 2-8: Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 7 more rows.
Row 9 (increase row – right side): K1, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1—30 sts.
Rows 8–73: Repeat Rows 2–9 for 8 more times—46 sts.
Continue even in Stockinette stitch until piece measures about 17" [43 cm] from beginning, end with a wrong side row. Proceed to Shape Cap.

Sizes Medium (Large, X-Large, 2X-Large) only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Rows 2-6: Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 5 more rows.
Row 7 (increase row – right side): K1, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1—30 (32, 32, 34) sts.
Rows 8–67 (67, 79, 85): Repeat Rows 2–7 for 10 (10, 12, 13) more times—50 (52, 56, 60) sts.
Continue even in Stockinette stitch until piece measures about 17 (17½, 17½, 18)" [43 (44.5, 44.5, 45.5) cm] from beginning, end with a wrong side row. Proceed to Shape Cap.

Size 3X-Large only:
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Rows 2-5: Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 4 more rows.
Row 6 (increase row – wrong side): P1, M1P, purl to last 2 sts, M1P, p1—34 sts.
Rows 7-10: Beginning with a right side (knit) row, work in Stockinette stitch for 4 rows.
Row 11 (increase row – right side): K1, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1—36 sts.
Rows 12–81: Rep Rows 2–11 for 7 more times—64 sts.
Continue even in Stockinette stitch until piece measures about 18" [45.5 cm] from beginning, end with a wrong side row.
Proceed to Shape Cap.

Shape Raglan Cap
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, knit to end of row—42 (46, 48, 51, 55, 59) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, purl to end of row—38 (42, 44, 46, 50, 54) sts.
Row 3 (decrease row – right side): K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2—36 (40, 42, 44, 48, 52) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5–14 (20, 16, 18, 18, 20): Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 5 (8, 6, 7, 7, 8) more times—26 (24, 30, 30, 34, 36) sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Repeat Row 3—24 (22, 28, 28, 32, 34) sts.
Next 3 Rows: Beginning with a wrong side (purl) row, work in Stockinette stitch for 3 rows.
Next Row: Repeat Row 3—22 (20, 26, 26, 30, 32) sts.
Next 20 (16, 24, 24, 28, 28) Rows: Repeat last 4 rows for 5 (4, 6, 6, 7, 7) more times—12 (12, 14, 14, 16, 18) sts. Place remaining sts on a holder. Repeat to make second sleeve.

Finishing

Sew right back, left back, and right front raglan armhole seams.

Turtleneck
With right side facing, pick up and k8 sts evenly spaced along left front neck edge, return the 14 (14, 16, 16, 18, 20) front neck sts from holder to needle, pick up and k8 sts evenly spaced along right front neck edge, return the 12 (12, 14, 14, 16, 18) right sleeve sts from holder to needle, return the 24 (24, 26, 26, 28, 30) back neck sts from holder to needle, and return the 12 (12, 14, 14, 16, 18) left sleeve sts from holder to needle—78 (78, 86, 86, 94, 102) sts.
Work in 1x1 Rib for about 6" [15 cm] Bind off loosely in 1x1 Rib.
Sew left front raglan armhole seam and turtleneck seam. Sew side and sleeve seams.
Weave in ends.

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Abbreviations

k
knit
k2tog
knit next 2 sts together
p
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
[]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
*
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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I think I am in love. The lines and look of this sweater cry out to be started and to be worn... another of those patterns that can be done for three or four people in different sizes and colours. A slimming design is a bonus. Whoever designed this one wins all the prizes

This looks like a basic turtleneck sweater so it should not be too difficult to do. Although it is done in bulky yarn, it does not look bulky at all. I also like the fact that the instructions are in different sizes and have details for the different sizes. Beautiful sweater. Thank you.

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