Turtleneck Top Pattern – For The Cold Winter Ahead

turtleneck top pattern

This 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!

turtleneck top pattern

turtleneck top pattern

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

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

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Pattern Download

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Turtleneck Top Pattern Layout

turtleneck top pattern

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.

turtleneck top pattern

turtleneck top pattern

turtleneck top pattern

Sew the shoulders.

turtleneck top pattern

Sew the sides.

Step Two:  Sewing The Sleeves

turtleneck top pattern

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

Pint the sleeves right sides together.

Stitch the arms from the wrist to the armhole

turtleneck top pattern

Turn the sleeve right side out.

Feed the sleeve inside the top.

turtleneck top pattern

 Align the sleeve stitching line with the sides seams

turtleneck top pattern

turtleneck top pattern

and sew the sleeve in.

turtleneck top pattern

Step Three:  Cutting and Sewing The Collar

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

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Length 18 18 18 18 18 18
Width 18 19 20 21 22 23

turtleneck top pattern

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

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

turtleneck top pattern

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

turtleneck top pattern

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

turtleneck top pattern

turtleneck top pattern

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

turtleneck top pattern

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.

turtleneck top pattern

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.

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One Response to Turtleneck Top Pattern – For The Cold Winter Ahead

  1. Jenni says:

    I wound up adjusting the front neckline a bit higher. It appears this pattern was adapted from a crew neck. I also decided to make my neck piece smaller for a turtleneck that wasn’t quite so slouchy.

    Thanks for sharing this!! I’ve made three new turtlenecks, and they are doing a great job of keeping me warm this cold winter!

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