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Cozy Cashmere Turtleneck

Cozy Cashmere Turtleneck

Ultra-soft cashmere and a cozy turtleneck is a match made in heaven. Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Cozy Cashmere Turtleneck drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

Ultra-soft cashmere and a cozy turtleneck is a match made in heaven. Add some bold, chunky stripes and you have one seriously irresistible sweater.

For this sweater we used the Knit Picks yarn Capretta Superwash in Sagebrush as the main color, Magnolia Heather as the contrasting color 1, and Tansy Heather as the contrasting color 2. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 300 stitches with US size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles. Knit straight until lower body measures approximately 12 in / 30.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Knit 150 stitches. Place the remaining 150 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue in established pattern until front piece measures 5.75 in / 14.5 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 63 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Bind off the next 24 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Knit across the remaining 63 stitches (these will become the right shoulder). Turn your work and purl back.

Right Shoulder

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, k to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 34 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 46 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Place the stitches from the holder or waste yarn back onto your needle. Beginning on the WS, knit to the end of the row in pattern.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 34 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 46 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.


Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.


With US size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles - or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for body – pick up stitches around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 6 in / 15 cm (Turtleneck will be deep enough to fold over.)

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium/loose tension. Edge should not be restrictive - if it is, bind off more loosely.


With US size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 124 stitches around the arm using MC, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row
K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Following Stripes instructions above, continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 0.75 in / 2 cm until sleeve measures approximately 13 in / 33 cm and you have 90 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Cut CC1 and CC2. Continuing in MC, transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.


weight |
4 ply

Main Color:

812 meters / 888 yards

Contrast Color 1:

278 meters / 304 yards

Contrast Color 2:

278 meters / 304 yards


26 stitches and 32 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 3 US / 3.25 mm needles


Circular 3 US / 3.25 mm

Circular 2 US / 2.75 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 40 in / 102 cm bust. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

46 in / 117.0 cm

Body Length:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

19 in / 48.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

13 in / 33.0 cm

Positive Ease:

6 in / 15.0 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CC2: Contrast Color 2

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

Sweater icon
Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Cropped Regular

Neck Turtleneck

Sleeves 3/4 Length

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Full Body Chunky Stripes; Sleeves Chunky Stripes
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40 in / 102 cm
The Cozy Cashmere Turtleneck by Bellish drop shoulder sweater illustration