Crochet Sweater

Crochet Turtleneck Sweater

I made this sweater for my 11 years old daughter who is on the petite side. It can easily be adjusted for bigger kids or adults.

To make a smaller or bigger size:

1) decrease or increase the number of starting chains given below. The opening formed by joining the chain to form a ring, should be at least big enough to allow you to pass the sweater on your head.

2) Add or remove chain to have an equal number of chains for each of the four sides plus 4 chains for the corners (see rough sketch below)

3) Work the pattern described below to the repeat rounds

4) Repeat round 3-4 until when the 2 corners are joined the opening is wide enough for the arm opening.

5) Finish remainder of sweater by following the sample pattern below

Here is the sequence of the sweater construction

1st-  work the sweater top down

2nd – work the sleeves

3rd –  work the turtleneck 


Red Heart Soft- color Navy

5 mm hook

stitch markers


ch = chain

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

RRM = remove and replace (stitch) marker

sc = single crochet

blsc = back loop single crochet = slip stitch


working the turle neckline
rough sketch – How to distribute the beginning chains

Chain 68 (16 ch for the front, 16 ch for each side, 16 ch for the back, and 1 ch in each corner) 16×4=64 +4 =68 

join to form a ring

Round 1

Ch 3 , 1 dc in each of next 15 ch, 1 dc on next ch (put a stitch marker on that dc),      *1 dc on each of next 16 ch, 1 dc on next st (put a stitch marker on that dc), repeat from * two more times

Round 2

 ch 3,  1 fpdc, 1dc, 1 fpdc, *alternate between dc, and fpdc to stitch with marker, 2 dc (increase) in the marked stitch, (Remove and replace stitch marker between the  2 double crochet just made) repeat * around, to 3rd ch

Round 3

ch 3, 1 fpdc, *alternate between dc and fpdc (dc on dc and fpdc on fpdc) to the 2 dc increase, 1 dc on the 1st dc, 2 dc between the 2 dc (RRM beween 2 dc), 1 fpdc in 2nd dc increase , repeat from * around to 3 rd chain

Round 4

ch 3, 1 fpdc, 1 dc in next dc, *alternate between fpdc and dc (fpdc on fpdc and dc on dc) to the stitch marker, 2 dc (RRM beween the 2 dc just nade), repeat from * around to 3 rd chain

Repeat Round 3-4 until you have the desired length to separate for the sleeve

for my daughter’s sweater I made it up to round 15

Round 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 as Round 3

Round 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 as Round 4

Round 16 – separate for sleeves


Start as round 4, when you reach the 2 dc increase of round 15, 1 fpdc on the 1st dc increase, 2 dc between the 2 dc (remove stitch marker) place stitch marker on next dc – this will make it easier when working the sleeves), skip to the next 2 dc increase, put a stitch marker on the 1st dc increase, 2 dc between the 2 dc (remove stitch marker, 1 dc in 2nd dc increase, continue working pattern 1dc, 1 fpdc

work second sleeve separation the same way

Row 17

work pattern, 1dc, 1 fpdc without increase

repeat round 17 until you have the desired length of your sweater

For the pictured sweater I worked 23 more rounds 


At the end do not fasten off 

start the ribbing, I used the ribbing while joining method

Ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook,  7sc, sl st to  3rd ch of ch 3 of sweater, sl st to fpdc of sweater, ch1 turn, skip ch 1, skip  2 sl st, 8 blsc, ch 1 turn, 8 blsc, sl st to dc of sweater, sl st to bpdc, ch 1, turn 

work this way until you work all stitch on the sweater, fasten off and sew the 2 sides of the ribbing  to close

body competed


Round 1 – join yarn at  the marked dc , ch 3, 1 fpdc, Work in pattern (1dc, 1 fpdc), sl. st. to 3rd ch 

sew this part

At the end you will sew this part

for my daughter I start decreasing in the next row so the sleeves would not be too wide. The decrease is optional. If you like the sleeves to be wide you do not have to decrease, just work the pattern to the desired sleeve length. Remember that you will be adding ribbing

Round 2-  ch 3 Work in pattern, decrease at end by skipping the last dc and fpdc togther the 2 fpdc on each side of the skipped dc

Work the sleeve to the desired length. I made few more round decrease for my daughter’s sweater

work ribbing for the cuff the same way that you did for the bottom of the sweater.


You can customize this part. Make it as long or as short as you’d like

Attach yarn to center of sweater. I like to attach it at the center back.

Round 1 – ch 3, work in pattern (fpdc on fpdc, dc on dc) until  the fpdc before the 2 dc increase, fpdc together the fpdc and the 2 dc increase, dc in next dc, repeat around

Round 2 to desired height – work pattern  fpdc on fpdc, dc on dc

Fasten off and Voila!!! you just finished your beautiful crochet turtleneck.

Turtleneck Sweater - Free Crochet Pattern by Hookoflove

4 thoughts on “Crochet Turtleneck Sweater

  1. Hello, I have started this awesome pattern but I have a question. I am stumped after Round 4.
    I see that I am supposed to alternate between FPDC and DC up until the stitch marker but then regarding the first Dc increase should I place a FPDC on that stitch then go ahead with the increase of 2 DC in between the increase from the previous row then finishing it off with a DC in the last DC st of the increase of the previous row? It would be very similar to Round 3.
    If this does not sound right, I am alternating DC and FPDC until I run into the first st of the increase and do nothing with that, moving along to just placing 2 DC in the space between where my stitch marker is.
    I know that sounds very complicated I am having a hard time explaining it. I appreciate any help I can get with this. Thank you!


    1. Hi,
      Sorry for the delayed response. For some reason your comment went in my spam folder.
      All increases (2 dc) are done between the 2dc increase of the previous row. You also work either a fpdc or a dc on the 2dc increase of the previous row. No stitches are ever skipped.
      Ex: If you worked a dc on the last st before the 2 dc increase of the previous row then work a fpdc on the 1st dc increase. If you worked a fpdc on the last st before the 2 dc increase then work a dc on the 1st dc increase.
      Then work 2 dc increase between the 2 dc increase of the previous row.
      for the 2nd dc increase look at the following st. If it is a dc then work a fpdc on the 2nd dc increase if it is a fpdc then work a dc on the 2nd dc increase
      Then continue working in pattern by working fpdc on fpdc and dc on dc.
      Hope this is helpful


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