How to Turn a Turtleneck Into a Crew Neck

Written by gregory m. dew
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How to Turn a Turtleneck Into a Crew Neck
Turtlenecks can easily be converted to a crew neck. (c... image by sophie berclaz from

Turtlenecks have a tendency to loose their shape over time. Rather than discarding them after they no longer look good, turtlenecks can be converted into a crew neck garment. The conversion process involves ripping open the seam attaching the collar to the body of the garment and resewing, reknitting or re-crocheting the edge into a crew neck.

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Things you need

  • Seam ripper
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Turn the garment inside out. Use the seam ripper to remove the stitching holding the collar to the body of the garment.

  2. 2

    Measure 1 inch up from the bottom of the removed collar. Cut a 1 inch wide ring to serve as the new collar of the crew neck garment. The width of this ring can be adjusted based on your preference.

  3. 3

    Fold the ring in half, bringing the two edges of the ring together. Pin the edges together to the inside of the garment forming a collar.

  4. 4

    Sew the collar in place from the inside of the garment.

  5. 5

    Turn the garment right-side out before you wear it.

Tips and warnings

  • The crew neck collar can also be knit or crocheted depending on the fabric used.

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