Extreme Turtlenecks — Oversized and Chunky Sweaters to Knit or Crochet

Posted by on Apr 23, 2023

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Oversized turtlenecks are a hot trend on the runway this fall, and luckily for those of us who prefer to make our own, there are lots of patterns available! Choose just one or make a few — for yourself or as gifts. Whether you knit or crochet, you’ll find just the perfect turtleneck for you right here! If you’re always cold in winter like me, then it’s time to embrace the "extreme" trend! Check out these knitting patterns and crochet patterns to make your own turtleneck. Aren't you feeling warmer already?

oversize pullover knit sweater pattern
Pam Allen

Danforth Pullover 

Here’s a fantastic sleeveless oversized pullover sweater. The slouchy turtle neck doubles as a hood. It knits up from the bottom in the round, and requires knowledge of long-tail cast on, increasing, decreasing, working in the round, and knit-purl combinations.

Chunky Hunter Vest
Two of Wands Shop

Chunky Hunter Vest 

This chunky vest is for those of us who both knit and crochet! Apart from loving the chunkiness and texture, I am intrigued by the pattern that combines both knit and crochet stitches. A bonus if you don’t knit: the pattern also comes with a crochet-only version. We also have a free version of this knitting pattern in hour how-to section. 

crochet cowl neck sweater pattern
Lisa Richardson

Crochet Cowl Neck 

You’ll need to register at Rowan to access this free pattern, but it will be worth it. It combines a relaxed fit with a fitted waist, plus a slouchy cowl. I think I would make this one in red. The pattern has small to x-large sizing, and you’ll need to know double and treble crochet. A great one for beginners!

ponco sweater knitting pattern
Berroco Yarns

Wisteria Poncho  

If you want a bit more of a challenge, this hybrid between a poncho and a sweater is for you! As opposed to sleeves, it has cuffs that join the bottom front and back hems. The pattern includes variable sizing and both row by row instructions and a knitting chart.

Heike Turtleneck Sweater Knitting Pattern

Heike Turtleneck

This sweater is a classic chunky style knit with a fairly substantial turtleneck. This knitting pattern is fairly simple and could be completed by beginners that feel comfortable  with clothing construction. This pattern is designed by Janukke who lives over in Germany, so you know it's warm! The turtleneck pattern is available in her shop.
turtleneck cape sweater knitting pattern
Thanh Nguyen

Turtleneck Cape 

Casual elegance is what you’ll get with this turtleneck cape. Use your favorite bulky yarn to knit in the round. Sizing from x-small to large in this free PDF pattern. I think it would look lovely in cream or ecru!

Lansdowne Pullover

Lansdowne Pullover 

This modern style turtleneck  gives a classic look with modern styling and accents. I love the option of the chevrons in the front, it gives the option for a splash of color.I also love the detail on the back of the sweater. This is an intermediate pattern and you will need to know the knitting technique of intarsia. This pattern is by Luara Chau of CosmicPluto, she offer many classic knitting patterns with a modern twist. I highly recommend checking out her shop!

knitted cardigan pattern cowl
Knitting Fever

Liwen Jacket  

I tend to prefer cardigans to pullovers, since they are easier to ditch when I need less layers, so I had to include this jacket from Knitting Fever. I love the different textures too! They are created using a combination of stocking stitch, seed stitch and cables ... all in a free downloadable PDF pattern.
easy crochet pullover sweater pattern
Bernat Yarns

Easy Crochet Pullover Sweater  

Here's an easy pullover crochet pattern made with soft boucle yarn and sized from x-small to large. This soft and cozy sweater could become the staple in your winter wardrobe! The free pattern includes all the details for finishing and seaming.

ribbed turtleneck knit sweater pattern
Schachenmayr Select

Classic Ribbed Sweater

Make this classic ribbed sweater and wear it without a belt for the oversized look. The free PDF pattern comes with small, medium and large sizing, so you can go up a size for extra slouchiness! Since it’s a classic, it can adapt well to neutral or even brighter colors.

cropped knit turtleneck sweater pattern
Bonnie Burton

Cropped Overlay  

This cropped overlay turtleneck sweater from Knitting Daily TV is worked flat and has lots of character! It’s made with chunky yarn, and sized from x-small to x-large. A free PDF pattern is available for download after registering on the site.

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  • by foxyred8
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    I always thought that oversized and chunky turtlenecks are perfect for staying cozy and stylish during the colder months. If you need to knit or crochet your own, exploring different patterns can help you find the right design that suits your style. Also consider reaching out to light in the box customer support for advice on materials and tools to get started. They can provide helpful tips on choosing the best yarns and accessories for your project. This way, you can make sure that your handmade sweater is both warm and fashionable.

  • by tracyberge
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    Good job!

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  • by foxyred8
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    Looks cool