The Zipper Neck is worked from the top down. The collar is worked in rib, then folded double and knitted together. After this, the shoulders are worked with increases on both RS and WS rows and short rows to shape the neckline. Then the front and back are worked. Finally, a facing for the zipper is worked from resting stitches, so the zipper, after being sewn in, also looks presentable from the WS. The zipper is sewn in between the two layers of knitting – either by hand or on a sewing machine.
Begin by working a swatch to determine which needle size you need to achieve the correct gauge.
Sizes: XS/S (M/L)
Measurements: Width: 41 (45) cm [16¼ (17¾) inches]
Length: 27 (29) cm [10¾ (11½) inches] (measured mid back excl. collar)
Gauge: 17 sts x 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] in stockinette stitch on 4.5 mm [US7] needles after wash and blocking
20-22 sts x 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] in twisted rib (k1 tbl, p1) on 4 mm [US6] needles after wash and blocking (gauge for collar)
Needles: 4.5 mm [US7] / 80 cm [32 inches] circular needles, two sets of 4 mm [US6] / 80 cm [32 inches] circular needles
Materials: 200-250 (250) g Peruvian Highland Wool by Filcolana (50 g = 100 m [109 yds]) or Alpakka Ull by Sandnes Garn (50 g = 100 m [109 yds]) held together with 50-75 (75) g Tilia by Filcolana (25 g = 210 m [232 yds]) or Tynn Silk Mohair by Sandnes Garn (25 g = 212 m [232 yds]). Zipper 6 mm, minimum 30 cm [11¾ inches]
Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 out of 5)
See the classification of difficulty here.
This pattern is digital and will be sent as a pdf-file to your e-mail.
Zippers in a variety of colors can be found here.
The brown Zipper Neck is knitted in Peruvian Highland Wool by Filcolana in the color Nougat jelange  held together with Tilia by Filcolana in the color Light truffle .
Judy's Magic Cast On:
M1R on the RS:
M1L on the RS:
M1R on the WS:
M1L on the WS:
German Short Rows: