Turtleneck pullover: Tilda

It’s finally happening! Today I would like to introduce you to my first own knitting pattern. 🙂
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TILDA (by Nina Nadel)

Tilda is a figure-hugging turtleneck pullover with a decorative stitch pattern that is placed slightly to the side at the front & back and a central placed decorative stitch pattern at the right sleeve. (For those who don’t like asymmetry, there is also an optional decorative stitch pattern instruction for the left sleeve included.)

The knitting instructions contain separate instructions for each size (XS – XXL) and many tips for individual size adjustment. The decorative stitch pattern is available as text and as charted stitch pattern. Languages: German & English

Where can I get the instructions for TILDA?

The knitting pattern for TILDA is NOW available: BUY it right NOW!
or go to the product page at Nina Nadel’s Ravelry Store first.

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How it works

Tilda is a seamless pullover that is knitted from the top down.

At first the upper back is knitted in rows down to the underarms. Stitches then are picked up for the upper front at the “shoulders“ of the upper back and with some newly cast on stitches also knitted in rows down to the underarms. Both pieces are joined in the round for the body. For the sleeves, stitches are picked up around the armholes, the sleeve caps are worked with short rows, the sleeve itself is knitted in rounds. The turtleneck is also knitted directly on by picking up stitches around the neckline. At the end only the remaining threads have to be woven in.

Size Chart

What do you need?

Knitting instructions: Tilda (get it HERE)
Yarn: Drops Cotton Merino or a yarn of similar quality
Consumption: XS ca. 350g | S ca. 400g | M ca. 450g | L ca. 500g | XL ca. 500g | XXL ca. 550g
Gauge: 18 stitches x 25 rows (stockinette stitch with needle size 5)
Needle size: 5 + 4,5 (or needle size required to achieve gauge)
Extra: at least 6 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or auxiliary needles for putting stitches on hold, 1 wool needle to weave in the remaining threads

Informations about the used yarn

DROPS Cotton Merino:
– colour used in the example – grey (colour 19)
– a superwash yarn for all seasons
– machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / don’t use fabric softener / dry Flat
– made in EU, Oeko-Tex® certification, Standard 100, Class I. = completely free from harmful chemicals, suitable for baby articles (ages 0-3)
– wonderfully soft quality, not too warm and really affordable

Info: Although I mention this yarn in my instructions (I was allowed to do so by the manufacturer), I have neither been paid for this naming, nor have I received the material for the development free of charge, nevertheless due to my linking here, I would like to point out that this might be “unpaid advertising”, you never know!

Level of difficulty + knitting knowledge

Tilda is worked with knit and purl stitches, which are worked either in stockinette stitch or twisted for the decorative stitch pattern. How to work “short rows”, which are required for knitting in the sleeves, would be helpful, but there is an extensive glossary in the instructions, which not only explains the abbreviations but also describes the respective knitting techniques. (difficulty: medium – at least: advanced beginner)

Additionally, there is a separate blog entry HERE with my instructions for Jeny’s Stretchy (Slipknot) Cast On, a very elastic method for casting on stitches, which is needed especially for the neckline with turtleneck. Since Jeny’s Surprisingly (Stretchy) Bind-Off is quite well known by now and also well represented with instructions on the internet, I haven’t published my own tutorial yet, but if you prefer to find a tutorial here on my blog, please let me know and I’ll publish one. 🙂

What I hope for

I really hope that you like Tilda as much as I do. Photos of your finished Tilda would make me really happy, as well as the hashtag #NNTilda (@NinaNadel) if you publish photos yourself on e.g. Instagram. I am also available to answer questions during the knitting process, but please try to find instructions for the different types of stitches on the internet first, they exist! 😉

Have fun knitting!