This sweater started as a design challenge to turn our bottom-up, saddle shoulder Purl Soho Pullover into a top-down, contiguous sleeve Cardigan… in a different gauge.

Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Instead of the original Pullover’s Worsted Twist, for this sweater I used Purl Soho’s lighter weight Mulberry Merino. Its lofty fine merino pairs beautifully with the strength and subtle luster of silk, making for the ideal three-season sweater!

Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Long story short… I did it. The Purl Soho Pullover now has a sister: the Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan. Just as fun to knit, just as wearable, just as classic! -Laura

Update: New Yarns

October 15 2021
Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

Because we love options, we knit up this classic pattern in two versions: one in our super light and cozy Brume, a blend of wool, mohair, and silk, and one in 100% undyed Andean highland Good Wool, a wonderfully natural choice. See the new versions here!

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Materials

Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

In addition to a Purl Soho Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan Pattern Download, you’ll need…

Gauge

25 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Sizes

NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

31 (35, 38¾, 42½, 46½, 51)

To fit actual chest circumference of 25-28 (29-32, 33-36, 37-40, 41-44, 45-48) inches, with 3-6 inches of ease.

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 31 (35, 38¾, 42½, 46½, 51) inches, buttoned
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 21¾ (22½, 23½, 24¼, 25¾, 26¼) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 12¼ (12¼, 12¾, 12¾, 13¼, 13¼) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Cuff: 15 (15, 15½, 15½, 15¾, 15¾) inches

SAMPLE: The sweater pictured here is size 42½, modeled with 6½ inches of ease.

Pattern

Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho

The Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan Pattern is available for purchase as as PDF download.

Update: New Color!

Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan | Purl Soho
March 6, 2017

Recent glimpses of spring have added pep to my step, but so has our new palette of Mulberry Merino!  Check out our latest story to see how the Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan is just right for celebrating these new colors! -Laura