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Versatile Turtleneck


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The versatile turtleneck is a great option to a scarf for winter outings. It knits up quickly on a circular needle, and the simple ribbed pattern makes a perfect on-the-go project, even for a beginning knitter. Use any worsted weight yarn that gives an approximate 4 stitch per inch gauge (I've used Red Heart in the photos, but have also used blends with wool, silk or mohair). Don't worry if your gauge isn't exact - the finished turtleneck has a lot of stretch. I've knit dozens of turtlenecks as gifts for relatives, friends and local charities. Several teens asked for another - they were wearing them as headbands, neckbands, and even hats! The pattern includes gift tags to print, which include these options. I've also included a pattern for a matching watch cap. Both the turtleneck and watch cap include 5 sizes, and will fit a young child to large adult. Each requires a similar amount of yarn. (X-Small: 2 oz/57 grams) (Small: 2.25 oz/65 grams) (Medium: 2.5 oz/72 grams) (Large: 3 oz/86 grams) (3.25 oz/93grams). BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit on a circular needle. Cast on, knit, purl, knit 2 together (decrease), bind off. GAUGE 4 sts.= 1"

Recommended with this pattern

  • Tapestry needle.
  • 2 to 3.25 oz. knitting worsted yarn, depending on side.
  • #8 circular knitting needle.

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I've retired from a wonderful career in graphic design and now spend my time volunteering for local animal-related organizations -- from fostering tiny kittens for adoption to assisting visitors at Seattle's award-winning Woodland Park Zoo. My knitting experience goes back decades, and includes co-authoring the now classic how-to book "The Knitters Guide To Sweater Design," published by Interweave Press. Almost all of my knitting goes to help non-profit groups, especially my "cat hats" which are sold at fairs and special events. All proceeds from these patterns go directly into the PayPal account of South County Cats, an amazing all-volunteer non-profit that provides free and low cost spay/neuter, TNR (trap. spay/neuter and rescue/release) of feral felines, plus foster/adoption of adoptable kittens and cats.