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Custom Fit Sleeveless Reversible Turtleneck Sweater - Free Crochet Pattern!

Updated on October 27, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

One Pattern Led To Another...

Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to crochet a sleeveless sweater! I own a couple of knitted ones, but it's just not the same as being proud of one you made yourself!

I was recently designing some dickie sweaters, and I used the same basic foundation to start out this sweater. I decided I wanted this sweater to be reversible to give it more mileage. So one side is done in stripes, the other side in solid silver. All of the yarn is Vanna's Glamour. I used a slightly oversized (H) hook to make it a bit more airy fabric. I really am happy with the results!

As always I have designed this in what I call "customizable size," so you can make it with any yarn OR thread to fit any size. I've added a little handy chart for you to refer to on front, back and side inset sizes to result in certain sizes.

I've decided this sweater is the perfect Christmas gift for my sister! My next one is going to be in a new yarn I've just discovered, Sensations Enchantment. It's a similar size to Vanna's Glamour but a much slicker yarn, and even more to my liking!

What You Will Need

3 skeina of Vanna's Glamour in "Platinum"

1 skein of Vanna's Glamour in Black

1 skein of Vanna's Glamour in White

1 skein of Vanna's Glamour in Gold

A Word About Yarn Selection...

Remember, you can make this in more than one color - do stripes if you want! Just remember to keep your yarns very similar in thickness so that your pattern won't be thrown off.

Wouldn't this make a great gift for someone?

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How To Make The Magic!

NOTE:

If you do not want a turtleneck, you can omit the neck section. Start with a chain large enough to fit comfortably around your neckline. Join the chain, fill it just to fit with single crochets, join, and proceed to the "Body" section of Directions, Row 2. It should work nicely.

TURTLENECK SECTION

Chain 12 (or desired height of turtle neck, extended)

Row 1

SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (11 SC). Ch 1, turn.

Row 2

SC in back loop only of each SC across. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece is long enough to fit comfortably around your neck, allowing a bit of slack. Slip neck seam closed. Flip work to side where seam is less visible.

Body, Row 1

Ch 1, work a round of SC evenly around edge. Join with sl st to first SC. Ch 1, do not turn.

Row 2

*SC in next SC, CH 1, skip next SC. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first SC. Sl st to first ch 1 space. Ch 1, do not turn.

Row 3

*SC in ch 1 space, CH 1, skip next SC. . Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first stitch. CH 1, do not turn.

Continue to work in pattern until your piece reaches your shoulder line. Join with sl st and fasten off.

SHOULDER PIECES

(Make Two)

CH 12 (or required amount to reach from the neck edge to the outer edge of your shoulder). SC in 2nd chain and in each chain across. Slip stitch the collar piece in place so that the stitch line will be even on the next new row. This requires stitching it slightly below where you normally would. Then chain 1, slip stitch bottom edge of shoulder piece where it falls, just behind the front side edge. (See photo!) Fasten off. Pull yarn ends to inside.

FRONT

ROW 1

Attach yarn to righthand first stitch of shoulder piece with right side of work facing. Ch 1, SC in back loop of each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

ROW 2

SC in back loop of each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

ROWS 3 & 4

Repeat row 2.

Row 5

*SC in next SC, CH 1, skip next SC, SC in next SC. Repeat from * across, Ch 1, turn.

Row 6

*SC in next ch 1 space, ch 1, skip next SC. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn.

SHOULDERS:

Attach desired color to upper right hand corner of front, with the front facing you.

ROW 1

SC in each stitch across over to neck edge. Slip stitch into adjacent neck edge. Slip stitch again one row UP on neck edge. Turn work.

ROW 2

SC in each SC across. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until shoulder piece becomes level with back edge of neck. Fasten off.

Repeat these directions for other shoulder.

BACK:

Row 1:

Attach desired yarn in upper right edge of shoulder. SC in each SC across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:

SC in first SC. *Skip 1 SC, CH 1, SC in next SC. Repeat from * across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3:

SC in first ch 1 space. *Ch 1, skip next SC, SC in next CH 1 space. Repeat from * across.

Repeat Row 3 until piece measures same length as front.

Place a stitch marker on each side at the point where you want the underarm to stop.

Now continue in pattern in sweater is your desired length on front and back.

Now, We Work The Side Panels!

NOTE: The armhole, side panel and bottom trim are worked in one long, fluid movement. Try on the sweater and recheck the fit. Measure carefully the width of the side panel you will need to get your total circumference. Remember that when you add say, an inch to each edge, you are actually adding four inches to the circumference of the garment since there are four side edges until it is seamed together at the sides at the end.

SO - that being said, here's a helpful little table for you!

If you want your total sweater to measure/ Make Front & Back Width Each/ And Make Each Edge Trim Width

28" / 10" / 2"

30" / 11" / 2"

32" / 12" / 2"

34" / 13" / 2"

36" / 14" / 2"

38" / 15" / 2"

40" / 16" / 2"

42" / 17" / 2"

44" / 18" / 2"

46" / 19" / 2"

48" / 20" / 2"

50" / 21" / 2"

52" / 22" / 2"

54" / 23" / 2"

56" / 24" / 2"

58" / 25" / 2"

60" / 26" / 2"

Attach desired side panel color to bottom corner edge on either front or back.

WORKING UP THE SIDES

SC evenly along the side of the sweater, about one stitch per row. Make your stitches look spaced like the ones in the regular rows. When you reach the corner, Ch 1, SC in the corner, and continue down the back side. You will go up the side all the way to the shoulder, down the back side, across the bottom, up and down the other sides, across the other bottom, and so on. When you finally reach the end, you will have completed one "row." Every time you reach a corner, do a ch 1, SC in same corner then continue on. Once you reach the end of your row, do a ch 1 and turn. From this point on, we will work in the back loop only of each stitch, creating crocheted ribbing for our trim.

Work your crocheted ribbing trim until your edge trim measures your proper fit measurement. Holding the right sides together, slip stitch side seam grabbing the back loop of the stitch nearest you, and the front loop of the stitch away from you. Keep your slip stitches a bit on the looser side so they won't create tension in the garment. On your last stitch at the armhole edge, work your slip stitch through all the loops of the stitches for a bit of reinforcement.

Weave in all of your ends everywhere.

Here, my SueSue "models" my almost finished sweater. Judging by how soundly she's sleeping, I guess you could call it "Schnauzer Approved!"

If you want a side slit on each side, simply leave a few inches open on each side bottom when you seam it up!

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      Essentially Ind 4 years ago

      Hmmmmmmm found it useful for me.......Thank you. :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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      Lisa LadyBug 17 months ago

      I'm having trouble with the pattern. Someone help! Thanks

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