Turtleneck Top Pattern – For The Cold Winter Ahead

turtleneck top patternThis is the turtleneck top pattern.  It will make one of the most simple, but versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

Dressing in layers is the key to staying comfortable in the winter months and as a bonus, helps you save some money on heating.  Placing your thermostat to 17C (62F) to 18C (64F) degrees and throwing on a few more blankets or a lovely rag quilt will be a great help to your pocket, and if money is not an issue then think of the environment.  Taking these small steps does more for the environment than virtue signaling in some social media account as it is the trend these days.

This turtleneck top pattern is great for layering, as well as a standalone piece.  It's one of the easiest patterns to sew for how useful it is!

This is a long sleeve lightly fitted top with aturtleneck top pattern 9″ rolled neck to keep you from the cold that eliminates the need for a scarf.turtleneck top pattern

Matched below with a super cool jacket, but will also look great under a cardigan.


  • 2-3 yards rib-knit or any two-way stretch knit with 30 to 50% stretch
  • thread to match


  • sewing machine
  • pins or fabric weights
  • coverstitch (optional)
  • rotary cutter (optional)

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Sewing Skill: Confident Beginner

This project is for stretch knits only and has only six stitching lines, making it perfect for beginners.

Please read the following tutorials before starting the project if you are a complete beginner.

I am using a coverstitch to make the hems,  but if you do not have one you can use a twin needle to finish the hems.  Here is the very best tutorial on using a twin needle on knit fabrics.


Body Measurements

Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Bust 32-34 34-36 37-39 41-43 45-47 49-51
Waist 24 27 30 33 38 41
Hip 33 37 40 43 48 52

How To Download Your Turtleneck Top Pattern

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Pattern Download

Download Pattern HERE

Turtleneck Top Pattern Layout

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How To Make Your Turtleneck Top

There is no seam allowance included with the pattern. I recommend a 3/8″ seam allowance.

This top is like any other so we start sewing at the shoulders.

Step One:  Sewing The Bodice

Rights side together pin the shoulders and the sides.

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Sew the shoulders.turtleneck top pattern

Sew the sides.turtleneck top pattern

Step Two:  Sewing The Sleeves

If you are using a coverstitch, sew the hem first.  Then fold the sleeve in half and,turtleneck top pattern

Pint the sleeves right sides together.

Stitch the arms from the wrist to the armhole

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Turn the sleeve right side out.

Feed the sleeve inside the top.

turtleneck top pattern Align the sleeve stitching line with the sides seams

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and sew the sleeve in.

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Step Three:  Cutting and Sewing The Collar

Cut the fabric on the stretchiest side of the fabric, normally this is on the horizontal (width).

Length 18 18 18 18 18 18
Width 18 19 20 21 22 23

Sew the rectangle on the small size to make a band. A rectangle is compose of two sides of the same length and two sides of the same width. turtleneck top pattern

With the exception of the small size (18 X 18), every other side is a rectangle.

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Turn the band right side out and fold the band in half making the collar.

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Working with the top wrong side out, feed the collar inside the neckline, raw edges of both top and collar together.

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Pin the collar matching the stitching line with the center back of the top and continue pinning all around the neckline. Sew.

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Step Four:  Hemming The Top

I am using a Coverstitch so I am turning the hem in 1″, then sewing on the right side of the top leaving 3 stitching lines. This is the final step.

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I will be using this turtleneck top pattern to make a few Christmas gifts because this top is both a key element in anyone's wardrobe and an easy project to make when you don't have much time to sew.

As always, wishing you happy sewing and a lovely Sunday to all, many blessings!  Leave your questions, suggestions for next week's project in the comments section below and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and Instagram.

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27 Responses to Turtleneck Top Pattern – For The Cold Winter Ahead

  1. Deb Rowlands says:

    I note others have advised there is no collar piece for this pattern and in 2019 you were going to rectify this. Just made sure my version is current by downloading latest and found still no piece June 2021

  2. Neo says:

    Okay this pattern seems good but I’m having trouble finding which size is which? The post gives finished measurements for 4 sizes, but the pattern has 6 sets of lines, and i can’t find labels anywhere.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi, Neo I am Confused by your question. The post? Where are you reading that? have you taken a look at the chart above? The top is from S-to 3XL, the pattern goes from Small (inside) to 3XL to the outside. Hope this helps but if you are still having questions could you send me an email with a screenshot so I can see where is the confusion.

  3. kitblue says:

    The pattern is perfect for me. Many thanks.

  4. Vlierbloesem says:

    I took the liberty to put a link to this page in my blog. Hope you agree.

  5. Laverne Ames says:

    I just printed the pattern of the turtleneck top and It does not fit together. I printed it in portrait and wonder if that has anything to do with it not fitting together. Should I be printing in landscape instead? I really want to make this turtleneck. Please help. Thankyou

  6. rajasthan cab says:

    This is the first time I visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here keep up the good work.

  7. Karen says:

    Mayra, I think some of the confusion surrounding the size of the collar is due to a typo in the instruction just below the collar size chart in Step 3. Should “Sew the rectangle on the small size to make a band” actually read “Sew the rectangle on the small SIDE to make a band”?

  8. April says:

    Hi Mayra
    Ready to cut this top out but can’t find the rectangle on the small size for the cowl

  9. Paris says:

    This is an awesome tutorial! Can’t wait to give it a try?

  10. Lisa Goldring says:

    This turtleneck pattern came just at the right time!
    I don’t see a pattern piece for the actual collar. I get that it is 9″ tall, but how long should I cut it? I’m making a size small.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      UPPPPSSSSS!!!!! thanks for letting me know, yes that is missing getting right on it!, give me an hours to update the post. Thank you!

  11. J B says:

    Great simple pattern — I’m looking forward to making it. FYI: I have repeatedly had an issue with trying to pay via PayPal on the Payhip site. When I complete the transaction with PayPal it sends me back to Payhip like it should, but the page hangs and I cannot go forward. At this point the Paypal transaction is complete and you get paid, but I can’t get to the pattern. If I then close the hung Payhip page, go back to your Download-pattern-here link and start over, it will work if I say I’m going to pay nothing. I’m using Firefox as my browser. Next time I’ll try another browser and see if it is better

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi JB, you need to long into Payhip and payPal and have both apps/window open, so you can pay with your PayPal account first then download, The price need to be changed to the amount you would like to donate first if this step is missed you will download for free.

  12. Migdalia Garcia says:

    me encanta. muy bien explicado. un abrazo desde el Mar Caribe

  13. shauna Holt says:

    Love your patterns Thank you, one question with this pattern what size do I cut the rectangle for the collar

  14. Elise says:

    What size rectangle is cut for the collar? Unless I missed it somewhere, I don’t see that information anywhere.

  15. Nancy Hughes says:

    I really like the fit and style of this top, but I can’t find the length and width to cut for the turtle neck per size of the top. I’ve looked on the pattern and on this page. Can you help?

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