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Colorwork Knitted Turtleneck Sweater

Rich fall colors, appearing as dotted rows, weave their way through this slightly cropped turtleneck. Multicolor bands lend a striped appearance to the hem, collar, and cuffs.

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: XS (S, MEDIUM, L, XL)
Note: Sizes for most Better Homes and Gardens knitting projects are noted in the instructions. When one size is written out in capitalized letters, it is to note the size of the modeled garment. The instructions are written for the smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, before you begin, circle the numbers pertaining to the size you are knitting or crocheting.

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 36 (38, 40, 42, 43 1/2) inches
Length: 18 (19, 20, 21, 22) inches

Related Article: Common Knitting Abbreviations

Related Article: Knitting 101

What You Need

  • Coats & Clark Red Heart, TLC Essentials, 100% acrylic, worsted-weight yarn (4 1/2 ounces per skein): 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of Falling Leaves (2958) for A
  • Coats & Clark Red Heart, TLC Heathers, 100% acrylic, worsted-weight yarn (5 ounces per skein): 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins of Port Wine (2495) for B
  • Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles
  • Yarn needle


In Body Pattern with larger needles, 18 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches/10 cm. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

Special Abbreviations

Wyif: With yarn in front.
Yb: Yarn back.
Sl1p: Slip first stitch purlwise.

Stitches Used

Ribbing (over 15 sts; a rep of 4 rows)
Row 1 (WS): Wyif, sl1p, p14.
Row 2: As Row 1.
Row 3: Wyif, sl1p, yb, k14.
Row 4: As Row 2.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Ribbing.

Body Pattern (a multiple of 4 sts + 2 sts; a rep of 8 rows)
Row 1 (WS): With B, knit.
Row 2: k2-B; (k2-A, k2-B) across.
Row 3: p2-B; (p2-A, p2-B) across.
Row 4: k2-A; (k2-B, k2-A) across.
Row 5: p2-A; (p2-B, p2-A) across.
Rows 6-7: Rep Rows 2-3.
Row 8: With B, knit.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Body Pattern.

Notes: When working with two colors in one row, carry unused strand loosely along WS of fabric. When changing color, bring new strand from under present strand for a "twist" to prevent holes.


With smaller needles and A, cast on 15 sts. Work Ribbing Rows 1-4 for 40 (42, 44, 46, 48) times. Rep Row 1 again. Bind off knitwise.

Upper Body
With RS facing, using smaller needles and B, pick up and k82 (86, 90, 94, 98) sts evenly spaced along one edge of Ribbing. Note: It works best to pick up 1 st in each slip st along edge with 1 st at either end. Change to larger needles and beg Body Pattern. Work even to approx 10 1/2 (11, 11 1/2, 12, 12 1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping
Bind off 12 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Work even on 58 (62, 66, 70, 74) sts to approx 18 (19, 20, 21, 22) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shoulder and Neck Shaping
Bind off 15 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts each shoulder edge once. Bind off rem 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts.


Work as for Back to approx 15 1/2 (16 1/2, 17 1/2, 18 1/2, 19 1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Neck Shaping
Pattern across first 21 (22, 23, 24, 25) sts; join new balls and bind off center 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts; work to end of row. Working sides separately and at the same time, bind off at each neck edge 3 sts once, 2 sts once, and 1 st once. Cont in pattern on rem 15 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts until piece measures same length as Back, ending with a WS row. Bind off rem sts for each shoulder.

Sleeves (make 2)

With smaller needles and A, cast on 15 sts. Work Ribbing Rows 1-4 for 22 (22, 22, 24, 24) times. Rep Row 1 again. Bind off knitwise. With RS facing using smaller needles and B, pick up and k 46 (46, 46, 50, 50) sts evenly spaced along edge. Change to larger needles and work Rows 1-7 of Body Pattern. Including new sts into pattern as they accumulate, inc 1 st each edge NOW and every 4th row 0 (0, 4, 4, 8) times, every 6th row 1 (12, 10, 10, 8) times, and every 8th row 8 (0, 0, 0, 0) times. Work even on 66 (72, 76, 80, 84) sts to approx 21 1/2 (21 1/2, 22, 22 1/2, 23) inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Bind off.


Join shoulder seams. Set in sleeves, sewing bound off sts to sleeve sides for square armholes. Join underarm and side seams.

With smaller needles and A, cast on 15 sts. Work Ribbing Rows 1-4 until neckband, when slightly stretched, fits around neck opening. Rep Row 1 and bind off. Sew short edges tog. Pin neckband around neck, placing seam at center back. Sew in place.


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