Keeping the baby warm during winter time is my number one priority, and this knit turtleneck dickey does the job the brilliantly. Kids in general don’t feel cold as much as adults, they are constantly running, jumping and it’s quite hard to keep them still. Having too many layers not only makes a kid clumsy, but you also risk getting the baby sweat and walk outside with a wet shirt. This turtleneck dickey could be a lifesaver in such cases, especially for kids that don’t like wearing scarfs. It works like magic with a light fleece jacket protecting baby’s neck from the wind without having an additional layer. Try it out and let me know whether you like it in the comments section.
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> 16” Circular Knitting Needles 5 mm (US8/UK6) for the body part;
<> Schaffhauser Wolle SUPERSTAR yarn (DK) – 83% Acrylic, 17% Viscose, Color # 82, 50 grams – 100 meters – in total 3 balls; If you have difficulty to find aforementioned brand of yarn, use any worsted weight yarn (4).
Turtleneck dickey size:
Toddler size for head circumference 49-52 cm
Gauge: 15-16 sts – 4 inches (10 cm) – in stockinette
Note for knitters:
Knit in two strands of yarn.
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together.
skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it’s done.
pm – place marker
sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch
BO – bind off
st(s) – stitch(es)
M1L – make one left increase: make 1 left: pick up bar bringing left hand needle from the front to the back, then knit the bar through the back loop.
M1R – make one right increase: pick up bar bringing left hand needle from the back to the front, then knit the bar through the front loop
Knit turtleneck dickey instructions:
Cast on 56 stitches plus 1 extra stitch if you are going to use invisible joining method. Place marker and join in round. Rib k1, p1 until neck part reaches 15 cm.
If you are planning to knit a different size of this dickey below you can find a few simple math formulas on how to redistribute stitches between shoulders, front, and back parts.
56sts/3 =18.6 sts
18 sts – front part
18 sts – back part
10 sts – one shoulder
10 sts – another shoulder
Round 1: k10, pm, k18, pm, k10, pm, k18.
Round 2: k2, p8, pm, k2, p16, pm, k2, p8, pm, k2, p16.
Round 3: k2, M1L, k8, M1R, pm, k2, M1L, k16, M1R, pm, k2, M1L, k8, M1R, pm, k2, M1L, k16, M1R.
Round 4: [k2, p10, pm, k2, p18, pm] – repeat twice.
Round 5: [k2, M1L, k10, M1R, pm, k2, M1L, k18, M1R, pm] – repeat twice.
Round 6: [k2, p12, pm, k2, p20, pm] – repeat twice.
Round 7-16: repeat in the same way alternating rounds with and without increases.
At this point your shoulder has to be about 7 cm.
Round 17: In the next round we are going to bind off shoulders’ stitches, binding off also one stitch from one raglan line and 1 stitch from another raglan line. K1, BO raglan st, shoulder sts and one more raglan stitch, knit all stitches of the front part and knit one raglan st, and repeat again binding of shoulder sts and knitting back part.
32 sts front part.
32 sts back part.
Continue working flat.
Front part of the turtleneck dickey:
Row 1: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 2 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k24, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 3: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 4 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k22, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 5: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 6 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k20, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 7: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 8 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k18, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 9: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 10 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 11: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 12 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 13: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 14 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 15: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Row 16 (RS): sel s, k1, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k1, sel s.
Row 17: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.
Bind off 16 sts: slip the first sts, knit the next one. Then lift the first slipped sts over the second one and drop it off the needle. *Now you have one stitch on your needle. Knit the next stitch and lift the back stitch over front stitch and drop it off the needle. Repeat from* till the last stitch. Purl the last stitch and lift back stitch over this purl stitch and drop it off the needle. Cut the yarn.
Back part of the turtleneck dickey:
Attach the yarn on the wrong side and repeat everything as for the front part.
On wrong side weave in ends.
Consider knitting an adult size dickey by following this pattern.
I’m new to knitting & need something to help keep me warm that will stay in place but not too bulky & not a sweater per say. This is really nice, and I’d love to try & make it for myself; therefore, I was wondering if, by chance, you had the pattern written in adult size. I would be willing to buy it…
Being disabled & wanting to keep warm, while others are comfortable with the air conditioner, is hard for me as I’m always cold, & it makes my joints & even bones hurt (if that’s possible, but that’s how I feel), due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy (because of Chemotherapy), & now Osteopenia (before Osteoporosis), also due to Chemo.
If you have it available, please let me know and how much it would cost. Thanking you in advance.
Have a wonderful day! 😊
Hi Milagritos. Thank you so much for your feedback. I do really sorry that you go through all that bad things and I hope you can get well as soon as possible. Try eating more fresh and green vegetables and drink more water. Unfortunately I do not have a written adult pattern but if you have the same gauge as mine you can cast on 68 or 70 sts. (72 or 74 works well too if you have a large head size). After than you will need to knit rounds with increases. As soon as you bind off shoulders, make same decreases for the front and for the back parts. Let me know if you have other questions, I will be happy to help
Your turtleneck looks so cozy. My favorite part of the turtleneck is the neck part.
Happy you like it! Stay warm and healthy!
That’s the thing that I meant to be. Thank you for telling me.
Hi, I love this pattern but am not sure how to alter it so it fits an adult (want to make a birthday gift for my mother). Could you advise? love from Poland
Hi Zuza. if you have the same gauge as mine you can cast on 68 or 70 sts. (72 or 74 works well too if you have a large head size). After than you will need to knit rounds with increases. As soon as you bind off shoulders, make same decreases for the front and for the back parts.