Knit the Look: Perfect grey turtleneck

Knit the Look: Perfect grey turtleneck

Oh hey, what a happy accident! I’d forgotten all about this photo from Vanessa’s blog last year, and just rediscovered it on the heels of Tuesday’s post about funnelnecks and midiskirts. This one, spotted outside the Miu Miu show last March, is more of an upturned turtleneck, which I personally prefer to a funnel, and this proportion is also a bit more wearable for those of you who were concerned about that. To emulate this gem of a sweater, all you need is Julie Hoover’s Veneto pattern, which, if you take away the color-blocking, is the perfect basic.* It’s a classically proportioned, well-shaped, set-in-sleeve pullover, knitted flat and seamed — which means it’s also highly adaptable. To turn it into something more like the sweater above, all you’d need to do is go up one size (for the slouch factor), extend the hem ribbing to more like 3″, continue a few stitches of ribbing up both sides of the front and back, leave a split hem when seaming the sides together, and knit the neckback to your desired turtleneck/funnelneck length. (You might find you want to pick up a few more stitches for the neck, as well — try it and see.) Veneto is written for two strands of lace-weight mYak held double, at a gauge of 5.5 sts/inch, so you could also sub a sport-weight yarn. Ysolda’s Blend No. 1 would be perfection.

Now if only I could help you with that amazing skirt. You can see more pics of both garments in Vanessa’s original post.

*Veneto really should have been in the pullovers installment of Make Your Own Basics — I’ll rectify that.


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19 thoughts on “Knit the Look: Perfect grey turtleneck

  1. My opinion: this is a gorgeous look, but…it’s definitely not for everyone!
    This is a great look for willowy or tall women who aren’t particularly buxom. If somebody is short and curvy, she will need a shorter or much longer skirt (above the knee, or ankle length, to create an illusion of length) and perhaps ditch the tight crew neck or turtleneck look. A high crew neck or turtleneck can be unflattering on many buxom folks. If I were to adapt this to fit a shorter, more curvy body type, I’d go for a longer skirt and a v-neck or an open, wide neck, or boatneck version of the sweater.

  2. I had totally forgotten about this pattern. You’re right that it is a great basic. It looks to me like the rib is carried up the entire sides of the sweater, which is an interesting touch. It also looks like the rib pulls in a little along the bottom to give a blousy look. I am cury and think turtle necks are one of my best looks. They elongate the body vertically. Thanks for reminding me of this pattern and making me think outside the box about how to use it.

  3. Beautiful. Funny, I just had a memory yesterday of The Perfect Gray Turtleneck that I wore all through junior high and high school (with my hip-hugger bell-bottoms that I had embroidered on the back pockets). I wonder when I got rid of it? I found myself yearning for it. This pattern would be a lovely place to start a replacement from Thanks!

  4. Okay, I love that look, and I’m a curvy albeit tall gal. That skirt is to die for! I love the contrast lining (?) of the pocket. Such a nice, subtle pop of colour.

  5. It looks to me as if the collar in the photo is actually a turned up split collar. I’m basing this on the sharp edge and the change in stitch pattern at the edge. Not that a slouchy upturned turtleneck isn’t a great look.

  6. Oh my LORD in heaven: just found your blog. I am binge reading all the posts and clicking through all the patterns. Love it! Thank you!

  7. Have you seen this pattern on Ravelry?
    Designed to be more form fitting than Hoover’s design or Vanessa’s blog photo, but interestingly has an optional cowl to be added (or not) to the basic crew neck sweater. I like the “Y” detailing down the side seams, and it, too, has the split seam.

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