Knitting Instructions: Henrietta

As already announced here are the knitting instructions for my turtleneck pullover Henrietta for you. This would certainly have gone a little faster, if I had written all my knitting notes not on individual sheets of paper, but in a notebook, but well … there are always things to learn! 😉

And I still have a lot to learn, because after all, I’ve knitted my first project at the beginning of this year, so I’m still a newbie. Okay, I have learned the basics (knit & purl stitches, cast on & bind off stitches) as a child from my grandmother, but I’ve never used this knowledge before, and therefore I am really proud of this pullover. It’s my first own knit design and for that reason unfortunately there is currently only one size (about S/M) available. I do know how to adapt the pullover-body to different sizes though, but I’m still too inexperienced to know, how sleeves and armholes have to change to be proportionally right, especially when it comes to bigger sizes. But maybe someone can help me with this!

My plan

At the beginning I’ve definitely just thought about what kind of pullover I want and that’s how my sketch looked like:

The white areas I wanted to have in stockinette stitch and the dashed areas in some kind of “rib”-pattern and because I still wanted a little “extra”, I have decided to include some trucks in the front + the left sleeve. Since both sleeves will be described separately in the instructions, you can also knit them both alike, but I like the asymmetry!

Especially the “rib”-pattern I really love, even though it’s not a really elastic pattern, it does not contract as well as a normal rib pattern and for that reason I’ve picked up less stitches for the hip area than I should have according to my calculation, but it turned out really well, not too tight and not too loose.

“Rib”- pattern

And that’s how it looks:


For the tucks I came up – after consulting with a few clearly more experienced knitters – with the following instructions, because picking up stitches from an already knitted part is something I still get confused with really quickly, so I’ve started each tuck with 2 circular needles, one circular needle then will be left “untouched”, while you knit the tuck with the other, then fold up and knit one stitch from each needle together. But read more about it in the instructions.


The collar was the next part where I was a bit uncertain (lack of experience). Would my head fit through it? And because I wasn’t sure, I decided to make it with a button closure … better safe than sorry! 😀


Up to the armholes I’ve worked the body in the round and then splited it up into front and back. I knitted the collar directly onto the body, which means that you do not bind off the front and back pieces completely as soon as you finished them, but you place the remaining stitches (after binding off the stitches for the shoulder seams) of the first knitted back onto a stitch holder, till you finish the front and then work all remaining stitches (from front and back) for the collar. But you can find the more precisely “how to do” in my instructions.

And since I couldn’t think of a way to make it work otherwise – because of my chosen tuck knitting technique – I knitted the sleeves in rows. You could also knit the sleeve without tucks in the round, but since (in my case) I always knit a little firmer in rounds than I do while knitting in rows, I didn’t want to risk any more unevenness in the knit.


And this is my Henrietta:
(find more photos HERE – @Instagram)

Material recommendation

I used 100% cotton yarn (cotton 8/4) from Stoff & Stil and I needed about 450g (9 balls). But since there is a significant discount if you buy 10 balls or more, I took 10 balls and paid only 16€ (in Germany) for the yarn (the pullover), the 2 buttons I already had. I like this yarn very much, I love how it “feels”, it’s easy to work with and it is even machine washable + there are so many beautiful colors, there should be something for every taste available.

Of course, you can also work with a completely different kind of yarn, the only important thing is that you get the gauge right. For example, if your gauge is too big with the specified needle size, try a smaller needle size, or if your gauge is too small, try a larger needle size. Do you have a different yarn, which also has a different gauge, unfortunately, you have no choice but to convert the instructions accordingly. You can do this with the help of the rule of three or you can use a knitting calculator and counting frame (for example by Prym).


Medium (with a little patience, also possible for less experienced knitters)
(My tip: If you have difficulties understanding a certain step in this or any other instructions: YouTube videos!)

And? Who has become curious now and wants to knit a Henrietta for herself?
Free knitting instructions: Turtleneck pullover Henrietta (pdf, 1,2MB)

Have fun trying my pattern!

And since I am a curious person and I would really love to see your versions, please tag your post (for example on Instagram) with #NNHenrietta & @ninanadel and/or send me photos! Thanks a lot! <3

* Please do not share or upload these instructions elsewhere, it has been created with great care and will be available for you and your friends here on my blog for free to download.
** I have to apologize for errors that may have crept into the instructions (no guarantee), but if you let me know, I will of course correct the instructions as soon as possible.