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New Look 6317 Mock Turtleneck

This New Look pattern has been discontinued, but it’s still available on eBay, Etsy, and maybe elsewhere. I made the fitted mock turtle, which I turned into a real turtleneck.


For the trial run, I used a one-dollar-a-yard grey polyester knit with a very soft hand. I didn’t change the collar for this one, but did add three inches to the torso length. I like the basic fit very much. There’s subtle shaping around the bust is very nice. The shirt is close-fitting, with a well-defined waist.


The second version was in a dark fuschia cotton/lycra knit. I didn’t like the size of the original mock turtle collar, so I added 5 inches to the height. I probably could have used a size smaller across the shoulders, as the pattern seems a little wide there, thought not, I notice, on my dummy. Actually, I like the look and fit, so I wasn’t tempted to change it — though be forewarned, this shirt fits closely, and I made it in a size larger than I normally would have used.


For the microfleece version, I cheated a bit and reduced the seam allowance to 1/2 inch for a little more ease, as the fleece isn’t as stretchy as the knits. It worked fine, and I love the coziness of the fleece, as well as the trim fit. These shirts are a snap to make up; I suspect I’ll make a lot of these in various fabrics in the future.

This is the back view of the microfleece version. Simple and sleek!


I shortened the sleeves by my usual inch, which still left them long the way I like them, and added three inches to the torso length, because I’m not really crazy about the very contemporary look of the short-short tops.

It’s a real pleasure to have trim, fitted turtles.

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  1. February 1st, 2009 at 14:36 | #1

    I just took a look at your blog, Elle, and want to encourage you to post like a fiend in 2009! Your projects are varied and interesting — love the vintage stuff!

  2. February 1st, 2009 at 14:33 | #2

    Hi, Elle — Thanks for your comment. No, I haven’t made the other pieces, but I love the look. They’re classic, and should be beautiful in wool.

  3. February 1st, 2009 at 12:53 | #3

    Thank you for reviewing this sweater. Have you made the other pieces? I by a great stroke of luck found this pattern at JoAnns and bought it, not realizing it had been discontinued. I have a lovely piece of wool to make both the coat and skirt out of, and will coordinate a sweater.

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