Different Types of Necklines To Choose From

FindItMore | Knowing what types of knitted collars and necklines you prefer is key to knitting a sweater that you’ll want to wear again and again. To see which styles you love before you choose to go ahead with the one you love, take a peek at these knitted necklines, collars, ladies crew neck collar sweatshirt and many more!

The following are the different types of neckline you can choose from:

Crew Neck

A very basic neckline is a crew neck. It fits right around the neckline, not too high and not too low. It’s also traditional if you’re knitting a women’s sweater. The main thing here is that it is a women’s sweater with a built-in collar.

Crafty members enrolled in Choose Your Own Sweater Adventure with Funny Jang, the Band Colorwork Yoke Pullover is a pattern exclusive to the rest. Not only will you get variations on this sweater pattern, but Sunny will also show you how to knit three necklines, including this ladies crew neck collar sweatshirt. You’ll then be able to plug the neckline numbers into any of Funny’s variations to build the perfect sweater.

Scoop Neck

The scoop neck is a neckline that’s just slightly lower than a crew neck, giving it the little scoop from which it takes its name. This is great for layering over button-down shirts, and it is something that is different from the sweater with shirt collar attached because the neck isn’t too snug and gives you plenty of breathing room for more layers.

Boat Neck

A boat neck is characterized by its width, running wider than as compare to other necklines. Boat necks come in many sizes, from a wider boat neck like the one pictured above to a more modest boat neck that doesn’t show off quite as much skin. According to the season when you’ll be wearing the sweater; boat necks aren’t the best choice if you’re using the sweater to bundle up against freezing temperatures.

Cowl Neck

You’re probably already familiar with the popular cowl, right? A cowl neck looks like you took one of those cowls and just plopped it right over your sweater. The drape is very important when you’re choosing a yarn for a cowl neck. Choose a yarn that’s going to drape softly, like the sport-weight alpaca used in the Charlie Sweater pictured above.


This is another neckline versatile enough to be worn by both men and women. The V-neck, like the scoop neck, is great for layering. It’s a great neckline to transition you through different temperatures, too, so consider knitting one for fall and piling on those layers as the temperature falls.

Turtle Neck

Oh, you remember the turtle neck from the 1980s, don’t you? I certainly do. I’m no stranger to layering a puff-paint Christmas sweatshirt over a turtleneck and sweating it out all day. The turtle neck on this vest is way cooler than any turtle neck I ever wore. Remember that turtle necks don’t have to fit snugly around your neck; they can be looser like this one, which is better for layering and comfort in general.

Shawl Collar

A wide collar that folds over on both sides represents a shawl collar. In some cases, you may have to add another layer underneath a shawl-collar sweater. A V-neck collar can easily be turned into a shawl collar by picking up some stitches and knitting some additional length onto the collar.

Peter Pan collar

The Peter Pan collar is having a moment right now. My favorite thing about the Peter Pan collar is that it doesn’t have to be attached to a sweater; you can knit them solo as detachable collars and just wear them with whatever you’d like.


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