Cross Back Tee

Simple and elegant, this transitional tee couples the easiness of stockinette stitch with minimalist stitch pattern and soft lines for a gorgeous result. Enjoy the last nights of summer wearing this beautiful tee if you don’t want to go unnoticed!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 30.5 (33.25, 36.75, 41, 46.5, 50.75)” to fit bust 30 (32, 36, 40, 46, 50)

Approx 0.5-1.5” positive ease recommended at Bust.

Shown in size 32”

Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% American Wool, 25% Silk; 221 yards [202 meters]/50 grams): 413 Mist (5 (5, 6, 7, 8) balls)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” / [60 cm] or longer circular for Body; US size 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs or 40” / [100 cm] circular for Sleeves; US size 3 (3.25 mm) 24” / [60 cm] or longer circular for applied I-cord edge.

Notions: Removable markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

1/1 LT: Slip next st to cable needle (cn), hold at front of work, k1 tbl, k1 tbl from cn.

1/1 RT: Slip next st to cable needle (cn), hold at back of work, k1 tbl, k1 tbl from cn.

I-cord Bind-Off

CO 3 sts with knitted CO method, then *k2, k2tog through back of loop, sl 3 sts back pwise to left hand needle; rep from * until 3 sts before m.

Graft the last 3 sts to I-cord CO edge.

Pattern Notes

This tee is worked flat from the top down. After raglan yoke, body and sleeves are divided, and body is worked flat. Square back neckline is made by casting on more stitches once the body is divided from sleeves. Body is shaped with increases on sides and decreases at back edges to give rounded shape. Sleeves are worked in the round. Back neckline is seamed at the end. Applied I-cord finishes all edges.

Pattern

Using larger needles and Long-tail CO Method, CO 94 (96, 96, 102, 108, 108) sts.

Set-up Row (WS): p1, pm, p28, pm, p36 (38, 38, 44, 50, 50), pm, p28 pm, p1.

Raglan Yoke

Row 1 (RS): Kfb, sm, k1, m1R, *k to 1 st before m, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R; rep from * once more, k to 1 st before m, m1L, k1, sm, kfb. (8 sts inc’d; 102 (104, 104, 110, 116, 116) sts)

Row 2 and every WS row: Purl, slip m when coming across them.

Row 3 (RS): *k to 1 st before m, m1L, k1, sm, k to m, sm, k1, m1R; rep from * once more, k to end. (4 sts inc’d; 106 (108, 108, 114, 120, 120) sts)

Row 4 (WS): Purl.

Row 5 (RS): k1, k to 1 st before m, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R, *k to 1 st before m, m1L, k1, sm, k1, m1R; rep from * twice more, k to end. (8 sts inc’d; 114 (116, 116, 122, 128, 128) sts)

Row 6: Purl.

Rep Rows 3-6, 8 (7, 9, 9, 12, 13) times more. (96 (84, 108, 108, 144, 156) sts inc’d; 210 (200, 224, 230, 272, 284) sts)

Rep Rows 3-4 once more. (4 sts inc’d; 214 (204, 228, 234, 276, 288) sts)

Rep Rows 5-6, 2 (6, 4, 6, 4, 8) times more. (16 (48, 32, 48, 32, 64) sts inc’d; 230 (252, 260, 282, 308, 352) sts; 80 (86, 90, 100, 114, 126) Front sts, 23 (25, 27, 29, 33, 39) each Half Back sts,

52 (58, 58, 62, 64, 74) each Sleeve sts)

Division of Body and Sleeves

Division Row (RS): K to m, *rm, move following 52 (58, 58, 62, 64, 74) sts to waste yarn the, rm, CO 4 (5, 8, 9, 10, 10) st with backward loop method, pm, CO 4 (5, 8, 9, 10, 10) st, k to m; rep from * once more, rm, k to the end. At the end of row, CO 34 (36, 36, 42, 48, 48) sts with backward loop method.

Next WS Row: Purl, slip m when coming across them. At the end of row, CO 34 (36, 36, 42, 48, 48) sts with backward loop method. (88 (96, 106, 118, 134, 146) Front sts, 61 (66, 71, 80, 91, 97) each Half Back sts, 52 (58, 58, 62, 64, 74) each Sleeve sts)

Body

Note: Please read the whole instructions before starting.

Work next 8 rows evenly in St st.

*Inc Row 1 (RS): *K to m, sm, k1, m1L; rep from * once more, work as established to end. (2 sts inc’d)

Work next 8 rows evenly in St st.

Inc Row 2 (RS): *Work as established to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, sm, k1, m1L; rep from * once more, work as established to end. (4 sts inc’d)

Work next 8 rows evenly in St st.

Rep from * 3 more times. (18 sts inc’d)

Work next 8 rows evenly in St st.

Rep Inc Row 1 once more. (2 sts inc’d)

AT THE SAME TIME when the back measures approx. 5.5” / [14 cm] from the bottom of Back neckline, start reducing 1 st at each Back edge as follows:

Dec Row (RS): K2, ssk, work as established to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. (2 sts dec’d)

Rep Dec Row every 6 rows 6 more times (7 times total). (14 sts total dec’d)

Work evenly in St st until the piece meas approx. 10” / [25 cm] from underarm or desired length. (222 (240, 260, 290, 328, 352) sts)

Begin Bottom Zig Zag Pattern.

Bottom Zig Zag Pattern

Sizes 30.5 (33.25) only

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, *k1, 1/1 RT; rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, k2tog, k2.

Row 2 (WS): P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 3: K3, 1/1 RT, *k1, 1/1 RT; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4: P3, sl wyif, *p2, sl wyif; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 5: K2, 1/1 RT, *k1, 1/1 RT; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 6: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 7: K2, 1/1 LT, *k1, 1/1 LT; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 8: P6, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last, 4 sts, p4.

Row 9: K2, ssk, k2, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, ssk, k2.

Row 10: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 11: K3, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 12: P3, sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 13: K3, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 14: Rep Row 10.

Row 15: K2, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 16: P5, *sl wyif, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 17: K2, k2tog, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Row 18: P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Sizes 36.75 (41) only

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, *1/1 RT, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Row 2 (WS): P3, *p2, sl wyif; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 3: K2, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4: P3, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 5: K4, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 6: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 7: K4, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 8: P6, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 9: K2, ssk, k1, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, ssk, k2.

Row 10: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to end.

Row 11: K2, *1/1 LT, k; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 12: P3, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 13: K2, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 14: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 15: K4, *1/1 RT, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 16: P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 17: K1, k2tog, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Row 18: P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to end.

Sizes 46.5 (50.75) only

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, k2, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Row 2 (WS): P5, sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 3: K4, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4: P3, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 5: K3, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 6: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 7: K3, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 8: P6, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 5 sts, p5.

Row 9: K2, ssk, k3, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, ssk, k2.

Row 10: P4, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 11: K4, *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 12: P3, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Row 13: K4, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 14: Repeat row 10.

Row 15: K3, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 16: P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 17: K2, k2tog, k1, *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Row 18: P5, *sl wyif, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Sleeves

Move 52 (58, 58, 62, 64, 74) sts from waste yarn to the working needles, pick up 4 (5, 8, 9, 10, 10) st from underarm, place marker for beg of rnd, pick up 4 (6, 9, 10, 10, 9) more st, join in the rnd. (60 (69, 75, 81, 84, 93) sts)

Rnd 1: Knit.

Begin Zig Zag pattern.

Zig Zag pattern

Rnd 1: *K1, 1/1 RT; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: K1, sl1, *k2, sl1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 3: *1/1 RT, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: *Sl1, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts sl1 k1, sl1.

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 6: *Sl1, k2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 7: *1/1 LT, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnd 9: *K1, 1/1 LT; rep from * to end.

Rnd 10: Sl1, k1, *sl1, k2; rep from * to last st, sl1.

Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 9.

Rnd 12: *K2, sl1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2.

Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 4.

Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 18: Rep Rnd 6.

Move sts to waste yarn.

Finishing

Attach Back piece by overlapping the Left Back over the Right Back and picking up and knitting each st of one piece together with the corresponding st of the other piece. Continue picking up and knitting sts together all around the neckline from the bottom Left Back corner to the Front and back to the bottom Right Back corner again.

BO all neckline sts with I-cord Bind-Off. Leave on hold the last 3 sts.

Starting from the upper corner of Right Back edge, apply I-cord along the edge down to the bottom corner.

Move body sts from waste yarn to working needle. Without interrupting the I-cord chain, BO with I-cord Bind-Off all sts at the bottom of Body and again apply I-cord to Left Back edge up to the upper corner.

Graft the last 3 sts to the neckline I-cord last 3 sts you previously put on hold.

Weave in all ends. Gently soak and block your tee flat.

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