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TURTLEBACK JACKETS: Easy Sweater to Knit March 24, 2009

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in A Stitch in Time | Discussions.
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EDITED APRIL 24, 2011 TO INCLUDE CROCHET VERSION LINK! Now you can crochet this one with the FREE PATTERN! Get the link at the bottom of this post~

Rectangle shown below,  folded in half, arm-holes sewn.

Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters
Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters

Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters


Easy Knitted Turtleback SweatersEasy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters

Both of these Turtleback sweaters are made from a one piece rectangle, then folded in half, and finished with each side being stitched together to form arm-holes. Made using worsted weight and chunky yarns.

The knitted eyelet rib is made with #11 and #17 needles and chunky yarn.1″=3 sts
The k/p ribs: small uses #6 and #13 needles and worsted weight yarn; large uses #8 and #13 needles and chunky yarn. 1″=3 sts

Skill level: Easy

Annie’s Attic
Item # 837161

Easy Knitted Turtleback  Sweaters

$6.99

If you like The Turtleback knit Wrap, you can download the easy crochet version on Lion Brand’s Website here:


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1. Sophie B. - October 18, 2013

Hi, How much yarn do you need to knit this sweater?

Stella☆LunaC - October 18, 2013

Hi, Sophie! I bought 8 skeins of Paton’s Divine worsted. The pattern is pretty straight-forward; knit until it’s as big as you want it. Less yarn (600-800 yrds) will yeild a shrug, more (900-1200 yrds) will make a complete wrap… Hope that helps! :)

2. Pri - March 27, 2013

I need this pattern in Spanish. Can you tell me where i could find it. Im writting from Chile. I love it, but is very difficult to me understand this page.
Thanks
Pri

3. sherrie - March 18, 2013

hi, i am wondering if i did this just with knitting needles what size knitting needles will i need and what size wool im from uk, thanks

Stella☆LunaC - March 25, 2013

Hi Sherrie, to make the Turtleback, you’ll need a needle size 10.0 mm or larger, 100cm long, and bulky weight yarn. Hope that helps! :)

4. sravanthi - July 8, 2012

hello sandra,
can u suggest me on what patters does this turtleback sweater look more beautiful….

Stella☆LunaC - July 9, 2012

Hello Sravanthi! I used Patons Divine on size 13 US 36″ circular needles, for a fluffy warm wrap. The pattern is very easy and repeats, so the bulkier the yarn, the quicker it will work up. can’t wait to see some completed Turtlebacks!

5. Nani - February 7, 2012

Hi Sandra I hope that you still monitor this site. Is this sweater knitted in the round on the circulars or flat? I have been doing it in the round so far and it looks fab I’m just not sure how to end it. Thanks for the great pattern.

Stella☆MHorses - February 8, 2012

Hi Nani,
The Turtleback is knit as a rectangle, flat. The piece is knitted as a rectangle, then folded and sewn up both sides with a 7″ opening for the arms to go through. Voila! Hope that helps! :)

6. PT - October 27, 2011

Dear Sandra
Can you tell me again how to fold the rectangle for the turtleback jacket.
I am still trying to see that in my mind.
Is there a picture of the folding you can refer me to?

7. Celia Cid - September 12, 2011

This an easy and lovely sweater!!!Can you send me the pattern to my email please.

Thanks.

Stella☆MHorses - September 16, 2011

Will do, Cecelia- give me a day or to to get our sick 4-legged kiddo situated and I’ll send you the files. :)

8. Donna Stephens - September 2, 2011

Would you please send me the free pattern to knit of the Turtle Back. Is this okay for a beginner intermediate?

Stella☆MHorses - September 6, 2011

Hi Donna,
I’ll be happy to share the pattern! Send me an email to: sschwab@manyhorses.com and I’ll forward the pdf file I have. It’s an easy pattern, mindless knitting for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. :)
Sandra

anna - December 6, 2013

Hi Would i be able to get the pattern pdf for the circular shrug in the photo above please. My email is

Stella☆LunaC - July 23, 2014

Hi Anna, I’ll email you the pdf you requested! So sorry it took me this long, it’s been a long year with Mike’s liver transplant, and I get a little lost in the jumble!

9. De Coster Sonia - January 19, 2011

Hey Sandra,

I have a little question about the turtlback jacket. You wrote :

Fold large needle knitted ends tog and leave 7″ – 8 ” open each side for sleeve opening, sew or sc together.

Is it possible that you have to change to larger needles again at the end of the work?

I’m very thrilled to get started on my jacket. i’m glad i finally found the patern.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Greetings Sonia

Stella☆MHorses - January 19, 2011

Hi Sonia,
Well, I will have to dig out my pattern, because I can’t seem to track back to the original post in here to see what I actually wrote down. I’ll dig out the pattern again, but if memory serves me, yes you start out working 6 rows with larger needles and then switch to smaller, then back to larger for the other edge.
I copied it verbatim, so I’m guessing that the edges are started and finished with larger needles, so when you fold it and sew up the sides, both sides of the seam will match.

I’ll update when I find that patter (or the original post) :)

Happy Knitting!
Sandra

10. Rosita Brown - December 20, 2010

I’m a crocheter but can do basic knitting so I must give this a try. Thanx for posting & your ideas!

11. Freda - May 31, 2010

Hi,

Does this come in a crochet version pattern also? It is so cute and I would love to make it. Thanks

Sandra - May 31, 2010

Hi Freda~ It would be very easy to make one in crochet, and there are patterns out there for it too! I found one at Annie’s Attic, the very same site that has the knit version I’m making.
Here’s the link to get the pattern, and you can download it to pdf. and not have to pay shipping!
http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/detail.html?prod_id=80220

Hope that helps, and we’d LOVE to see what you make-do come back and share!
Blessings,
Sandra

Freda - June 2, 2010

Thanks Sandra, anniesattic’s version is ok,but not as cute,lol.I’ll look awhile longer,but will probably end up making this crochet version. Thanks for taking the time to look for it,for me.

God Bless,
Freda

Sandra - June 2, 2010

Hey Freda,
This is a really easy pattern, you simply knit/crochet a rectangle 38″ long, then fold the ends together and leave armhole openings of 9″. I found a simplified explanation at this blog tonight: http://loomlady.blogspot.com/2010/04/shrug-for-princess.html It also lists a book I want to get eventually: Easy Turtleback Jackets
Hope that helps, I know you can do it!!! ♥♥♥

De Coster Sonia - January 19, 2011

Freda,

I have found this :

http://www.maggiescrochet.com/uptown-downtown-shrug-pattern-p-683.html?zenid=9bc5fa9d43104e1178be9f5818bf0c24

They are very lovely, i think, i hope you like them to.

Greetings,

Sonia

12. Carol - March 25, 2010

Sandra, Hope you can help me, I want to make this for my DD, she wants it in worsted weight yarn, and a long sleeve, she is small boned, but has a C cup boobs.

Is there and would appreciate it very much, if you know how to convert to the above.

BTW,she is5’3″ tall

Sandra - March 25, 2010

Hi Carol!

You can make it in the worsted weight yarn, no problem. Go here to see another book I’m going to order; it has 8 new versions, including a shorty shrug that your DD might love! I can’t wait to get/download the new book at Annie’s Attic: Easy Turtleback Jackets

Let me know when you make yours!

Cheers,
Sandra

Carol - March 27, 2010

Sandra, thanks for the info, but I couldn’t figure out to make it long sleeved so I went with this pattern http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/rena_venus/rena.html, this pattern is just folded differently, look at the schematics on the right side of page it’s not fancy no shawl collar
Re: the Annie’s Attic book, I had seen that before patterns seem to be a little to lacy for me or my DD.

Sandra - March 27, 2010

Hi Carol!
I REALLY like that one with the sleeves, have already printed it off. As for the shawl collar, it would still be one if you folded it over. If you do any of those Turtlebacks in just a rib stitch, (k2, p2) like mine is going to be, there won’t be any lacing…Once you get the rectangle dimensions, you can do just about any knit pattern that you like. That’s the beauty of this simple garment!!
Thanks for sharing that pattern link with us!
Venus Sleeved Shrug
Folding the shrug, a diagram:
Schematic

Cheers!

13. Sandra - March 13, 2010

The pattern is simple and calls for the following needles and yarn:

#6 – 29″ Circular knitting needles
#13 – 29″ Circular knitting needles

Chunky Weight Yarn: 6-7 Skeins Berroco -Peruvian Quick – 100g/103 yards

Gauge: 3 sts- 1″ on #11 Needles, 3 rows – 1″

Turtleback is made as follows:

Cast on 180 st with #13 – 29″

Work 6 rows for pattern: K1, P1, or K2, P2, then change to smaller needles and work pattern for 38″ or desired length. Bind off loosely. Fold large needle knitted ends tog and leave 7″ – 8 ” open each side for sleeve opening, sew or sc together. Collar and flounce are formed by turning one end of ruffle back around neck.

Happy Knitting!

14. Alanna - March 13, 2010

Thank you so much for the images posted here. I have been searching the web for something I could wrap my mind around to figure what folded to what LOL Now I can SEE it!
After I finish my first triagular shawl I’ll give a Turtleback a try!
Alanna in Florida

15. Katherine - March 13, 2010

Sandra, You said cast on with #13, but in directions you say Work 6 rows then change to #13. Can you please clarify this.

Thank you
Katherine

Sandra - March 13, 2010

Hi Katherine!

My apologies for the error~ I’ve edited it to read correctly now. Here’s the link: http://sandrashappyplace.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/easy-turtleback-jackets-the-book/#comment-187

16. Irene - March 9, 2010

In the Spring/Summer 2009 Vogue Knitting, on the cover
is a beautiful knitted sweater. For a very experienced knitter
(not me yet)
but is sooo beautiful. It is called Botanica Medallion cardigan.
go to Vogueknitting.com and
type in Vogueknitting Spring/summer 2009 and click
on the link further down and see the pic.
Can also get the pattern by typing in Botanica Medallion cardigan.
Maybe someday :)

Sandra - March 9, 2010

Hi Irene!

I actually have that magazine in my searches on Ebay. I hope to make it someday as well. I LOVE that pattern!

…someday we will be Botanica Medallion cardigan-worthy ♥♥♥

17. maritza madrid - February 18, 2010

Wonderful…… very easy to do it…… I loved………I want to do it…..!!!!! I am chilean and I like very much to crochet…….thanks a lots to show it.
Regards
thanks

18. Ana Maria - January 30, 2010

Really? !!!!!

Thank you, sweetie!

Have a nice week end with your beautiful family.

Hugs,

19. Ana Maria - January 28, 2010

Dear Sandra,

I would like to make one turtleback, but I live in Brazil and I don´t know what needles numbers and yarns kind I need to use…
Sorry, my bad English.
I hope that you can understand me.
Best Regards,
Ana Maria.

Sandra - January 28, 2010

Hello Hola Ana Maria!
The pattern is simple and calls for the following needles and yarn:

#6 – 29″ Circular knitting needles
#13 – 29″ Circular knitting needles

Chunky Weight Yarn: 6-7 Skeins Berroco -Peruvian Quick – 100g/103 yards

Gauge: 3 sts- 1″ on #11 Needles, 3 rows – 1″

Turtleback is made as follows:

Cast on 180 st with #13 – 29″

Work 6 rows for pattern: K1, P1, or K2, P2, then change needles to #13 =29 and work pattern for 38″ or desired length. Bind off loosely. Fold large needle knitted ends tog and leave 7″ – 8 ” open each side for sleeve opening, sew or sc together. Collar and flounce are formed by turning one end of ruffle back around neck.

Enjoy!

Ana Maria - January 29, 2010

Dear Sandra,

I´m very happy because you sent me the pattern!
I didn´t expected!
I´m so exciting!
Thank you again,
Big hug,
Ana Maria.

Sandra - January 29, 2010

You are very welcome! and your English is perfecto! Hugs back XOXOSandra

20. Marianissa - January 7, 2010

Dear Sandra,

Thank you very much for the tips!
I felt stupid when I realised it is just a rectangle! :)

I’ll try to find some time to knit one, or two… or more! My colleagues will want it too!

Thank you once again!
Greetings,
Ana Rita (Marianissa)

Sandra - January 7, 2010

Hello Ana Rita! Thanks for your comments! That’s the beauty of these shawl sweaters, the mindless simplicity :)

Have fun and post when you get one completed!

Blessings,
Sandra

21. arleen - October 23, 2009

thanks, Sandra!
happy knitting :)
aa

22. Sandra - October 22, 2009

Hi Arleen!
I haven’t finished it yet, but according to the pattern, the finished length of the rectangle is 34-38 inches.
There is a new pattern book for this and 7 other versions, by Annie’s Attic, it was just released this week~ and you can download it to .pdf format for $7.95 and don’t have to wait on the mail. Here’s the link to the book:
http://www.anniesattic.com/detail.html?prod_id=76946

Go to http://www.anniesattic.com and type in “turtleback” in the search bar to see the 3 pattern offers :)

happy knitting!
Sandra

23. arleen - October 21, 2009

Dear Sandra,
wow!! this is awesome!!
Is it really just a rectangle?
May I know the length of widht of the rectangle?

thanks :)

happy knitting :)


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