Contour Tee Pattern Download

Contour Tee Pattern Download

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Our Contour Tee gives the classic white cotton version a hand-knit spin: teeming with thoughtful details, flowing with elegance and ease, and way cooler than James Dean ever wore it… because you made it! Knit in the round from bottom up, this Tee’s simple construction includes a little split hem, sweet cap sleeves, and increases at the front hem that align with armhole decreases up top. Those decreases are inset a few inches and turn into neckline shaping, resulting in a zig and a zag, the kind of flattering finish that rewards hand making. This design truly shines in our beautiful rayon-from-bamboo Burnish, which is durable, 100% vegan, and machine washable. And while white may be the epitome of tee, Burnish comes in seven colors, so feel free to imagine your Contour Tee in whatever feels like a very-you classic! Also... Continuing our commitment to more inclusive sizing, this pattern is designed to fit up to a 62-inch chest... Yay!

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  • 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of Purl Soho’s Burnish, 100% rayon from bamboo. Each skein is 339 yards/100 grams; approximately 995 (1115, 1280, 1405, 1580, 1710, 1930, 2070) yards required. We used the Swan White.
  • US 2, 32-, 40- or 47-inch circular needles (depending on size you are making)
  • A spare 24-inch or longer circular needle in US 2 or up to several sizes smaller
  • US 2, 16-inch circular needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable stitch holder
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn

26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


NOTE Need help deciding on a size? Check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!


38¼ (41¾, 45½, 49¼, 53, 56½, 60¼, 64)

To fit actual chest circumference of 32–36 (36–40, 40–43, 43–47, 47–51, 51–54, 54–58, 58–62) inches, with 2–6 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 38¼ (41¾, 45½, 49¼, 53, 56½, 60¼, 64) inches
  • Finished Length From Shoulder To Bottom Edge: 24 (24¾, 26¼, 26¾, 28¼, 28½, 30½, 30¾) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length From Underarm To Cuff: 1¼ (1¼, 1½, 1½, 1½, 2¼, 2¼, 2¼) inch(es)

SAMPLE: The sweater shown here is size 38¼, worn with 5 inches of ease.