Sideways Tee Pattern
Sideways Tee Pattern
This deceptively simple top is cleverly knit from the center out to each side, rather than from top to bottom or vice versa. A modern pivot to a familiar style! A tapered shape allows for plenty of ease at the bust, while providing a relaxed and flattering bottom edge at hip length.
For a sleek drapey Sideways Tee, pick a cool plant fiber like Shibui Reed (we held this yarn double). A woolly yarn, like Rowan Felted Tweed makes a warm, cozy, more structured layer.
This eight-page pattern includes:
- Color photography by Laura Gehring
- Special Techniques
- Swatching for Gauge
- ‘Clip & Turn’ Short-Row Shaping
- Adding Body Length
- Comprehensive sizing schematic
- Instructions for seaming, blocking, and finishing your piece
Sizes: S (M, L, XL).
Finished bust (at armholes): 49½ (57½, 65½, 73)"/126 (146, 166, 185)cm.
To fit bust: 28–32 (34–38, 40–44, 46–50)"/71–81 (86–97, 102–112, 117–127)cm.
With approx. ease: 17½-21½ (19½-23½, 21½-25½, 23-27)"/45-55 (49.5-59.5, 54-64, 58-68)cm.
Finished length: Measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to bottom edge. 20½ (22¾, 25½, 28)"/52 (58, 65, 71)cm.
Approx. 815 (1045, 1300, 1580) yds/745 (956, 1189, 1445)m each of two fingering-weight yarns to hold together throughout, or one DK-weight yarn to hold single.
For custom lengths: To lengthen body, add approx. 35 (40, 45, 50) yds/32 (37, 41, 46)m of yarn for each 1"/2.5cm of knitted body length.
Shown in grey in Shibui Reed (246 yds/225m per skein), Color 2181, Bone and Color 2003, Ash, held together throughout. Model is wearing size S with 17½"/45cm bust ease.
Shown in brick red in Rowan Felted Tweed (191 yds/175m per skein), Color 196, held single throughout. Model is wearing size M with 22½"/57cm bust ease.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 7 (4.5mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to get gauge.
US 6 (4mm) 16"/40cm and 32"/80cm circular needles, or one size smaller than gauge needle.
US D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook for provisional cast-on.
5 yds/m smooth fingering-weight yarn for provisional cast-on.
30 locking markers.
8 spare circular needles (gauge size or smaller), so you can knit off of needle from either end; or you can use waste yarn.
Darning needle to finish.
20 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
With a simple shape and stockinette stitch, this tee is all about the yarn. Choose a yarn (or combination of yarns) that will give you a soft draping fabric. And be sure to pay special attention to your swatch on this one! Unlike a typical knitted garment, this tee is knit sideways, so your row gauge will determine your fit and your stitch gauge will affect your length. Work a nice big swatch, and note your unblocked gauge for reference while you knit.
Digital Sideways Tee pattern. (Download)
Printed Sideways Tee pattern. (Requires shipping.)