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Turtleneck Sweater Pattern for Children

Laura Truffaut generously offers the free use of her basic kid's turtleneck pattern for our 2008 campaign for Afghan youth (7-14 years). This sweater is knitted from the top down and mostly in the round.

Size: This sweater fits children 10-12 years old.

Assorted skeins of sportweight yarn, for a total of 1075 yards. (Note: sweater has a long body.)
Ideal for using leftover bits of sportweight yarn, remember to divide your leftover yarns into 2 portions for matching the sleeves.
Please use wool yarn (or other animal fiber) to maximize the sweater's utility in the harsh Afghan winter.
Double-pointed or circular needles, sizes 3 and 4, or size to get gauge.

Gauge: 6 sts and 7 rows / inch in stockinette.


The sweater is knit from the top down. Work back and forth at the beginning. You will shortly join the sections and begin working in the round.

With #4 needle, cast on 54 stitches (sts). Do not join.
Set-up row: on the knit side, K1, place marker (pm), K1, pm, K10, pm, K1, pm, K28 sts, pm, K1, pm, K10, pm, K1, pm, K last st.
Purl the next row and all wrong side rows.
Neck shaping:
Working back and forth, increase by 8 sts on each right-side row as follows:
*Work to marker, m1, slide marker (sm), K1, sm, m1; repeat from *.
(Note: "m1" means make 1 -- cast on a new stitch or perform any increase that you prefer.)
Continue until there are 4 sts before the first marker, for a total of 78 sts.
Continue knitting back and forth, now increasing by 10 sts on each knit row as follows:
Increase 1 in the first st. * Work to the marker, m1, sm, K1 (seam st), sm, m1. Repeat from *, ending by increasing 1 in the last st.
Continue until there are 16 sts (14) before first marker, for a total of 138 sts.
On the next knit row, increase before and after each seam st (8 increases).
Complete row, cast on 14 sts.
Join and continue working to the first marker, which marks the beginning of the round.
Round sequence: sleeve, back, sleeve, front. Stitches: [30, 48, 30, 48, + 4 seam sts] (160 total sts).
To complete the upper body:
M1 on either side of each seam st (8 increases) every 2 rounds 12 times.
Work even until 56 rounds [8 inches] are completed.
Slip live stitches for each section onto stitch holders or scrap yarn, in the following sequence:
54 sleeve sts, 74 back + 2 seam sts, 54 sleeve sts, 74 front + 2 seam sts.

Sleeves (work two the same way)
With #4 double-pointed needles or two circulars, cast on 6 sts, K54 sleeve sts from holder, cast on 6 sts, place marker and join.
Work 1 round, then begin sleeve decreases:
Decrease 1 st on each side of marker every 6th round 2 times, then every 8th round 7 times.
Continue until sleeve measures 11 inches.
Change to #3 double-points and knit one round, decreasing as follows: K6, [K2tog, K5] 6 times.
Continue in K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Bind off the remaining 42 sts in ribbing.

Work body:
Slip front and back body stitches onto circular needle.
Cast on 6 sts, work across front, cast on 6 sts, pm (side seam), cast on 6 sts, join front and back, work across back, cast on 6 sts, place a marker (to mark the beginning of the round), and join.
Work in rounds until length from underarm to bottom measures 12.5 inches.
Decrease by 18 sts evenly distributed on last round before starting the ribbing (154 sts).
Change to #3 circular needle and K1, P1 for about 2 inches. Loosely bind off 154 stitches in ribbing.

Finishing and turtleneck:
Graft underarms and weave in all ends.
With # 3 short circular or double-points and right side facing you, pick up and knit 90 sts around neck edge.
Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6 to 8 inches.
Bind off in ribbing using a larger needle and making sure to keep the bind-off sufficently elastic to go over the head.

Designed by Laura Truffaut with Sweater Wizard.
© 2010 by Laura Truffaut
This pattern is to be used for charitable purposes -- to knit for the children of Afghanistan.



Laura's Turtleneck Sweater for Kids



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