Mod T-Shirt Knitting Pattern – Mama In A Stitch

Cool, breezy, comfortable, and elegant, this short sleeve blouse features just the right amount of arm coverage and the length is completely customizable. Yay! As usual, you can check out the free pattern below, or you can find the ad-free, printable version to purchase in my Etsy store here.

I have to thank my 9 year old daughter for taking these backyard photos. I told her she would be a regular professional by the time she got older. 🙂 My main photographer (aka hubby) is working overtime, so it was hard to find time for pictures this year.

It’s so fun to share this project with you guys because I’ve been designing it for months and months. I simply couldn’t decide when to shoot it. Enter my nine year old daughter/photographer. 🙂 Since we’re already halfway through the summer, I thought it’d be best to share in the stats!

This thing is very convenient, and it is simple and quick to make. Inspiration came from my Easy Knit Boxy T-Shirt pattern years ago, but I’ve made some modifications that many of you have requested over the years.

Many of you have mentioned that you want summer sweaters, but would like some coverage on your arms. This shirt does the trick! My Boxy T-Shirt had a back panel that was longer than the front panel, but this shirt is more modern with the same length on the front and back. I’ve made the sleeves shorter on this metallic version, so it has a more updated and modern look.

You can use any light #3 yarn you like, but I chose to use my stock Lion Brand Truboo for this design. Do you remember my Verano Longline Cardigan? I had enough yarn from that sweater to love this shirt. Don’t use too many threads (another plus sign)!

There are many ways to knit a simple short-sleeved shirt, but this is the easiest in my opinion (and definitely the friendliest for beginners). The reason is the lack of knitting in the round. You only need to knit and purl, which are the beginner stitches we all learn first.

You are going to sew two panels and tape them together on the sides and shoulders. Finished and finished.

Ready to get started?

Mod Knit T-Shirt Short Sleeve Knitting Pattern

If you want a nice knit shirt, this is it! Made of ultra-soft and light bamboo yarns, this top feels great against the skin and is so pretty. There is no difficulty in shaping and no need to learn how to knit in the round. It works quickly by holding two strands of thread together and knitting on large needles. Get ready to make this comfy tee that you can enjoy in summer and fall!

Similar to a small size. Pattern includes instructions for S, M, L, XL.


US size 15, 10.0mm, 24″-36″ circular knitting needles (you can use long straight needles if you are making small)

3 (4,5,6) Lion Brand Yarn Truboo Light #3100g/skein

The pattern uses about 290 (349, 414, 490) g


tape measure

needle texture

Shortcuts and Skills Required:

cast on


R – purl

Right side RS

WS – The wrong side


About 10 1/2 stitches and about 12 rows in 4″ x 4″

Measurements (approximate):

Bust circumference (finished jacket size)

small 32 inch

average 36 inches

40 inches large

XL 44 inch


S – 19 inch

M – 21 inches

L – 23 inch

XL – 25 inches


This shirt is a full flat knitted sweater. It is made by knitting two panels, one for the front and one for the back (see schematic). Every painting is done from top to bottom. The fabric of this jacket is very loose and stretchy. This makes it very convenient! Keep this in mind and consider wet blocking if necessary.

This sweater is knitted by holding two threads of thread together at the same time.

You will follow the key throughout the pattern according to the size you are sewing. Enjoy!

Mod pattern knit t-shirt panel

(they make 2)

Follow the key for your size S (M, L, XL)

Holding two strands of thread together, stitches CO 68 (74, 80, 86)

Grade 1 – 3 knit across the row

Once you’ve knit for three rows, you’ll start the stockinette part.

Stockinette top and sleeve part:

grade 1 (RS): knit across the row

Class 2 (WS): K4, purl across, knit last 4 stitches of the row

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for a total of 30 (32, 34, 36) rows

Once you have completed these rows, you will undo your sleeves.

how many hook off

To create the bottom of the sleeve, you will be removing stitches from each end.

Bind the first 11 stitches of the row (all sizes). You will then continue to knit or purl depending on which side you are working on. If you finish on the (WS) or purl row, it will hold up now. If you finished the row (RS) or knit row, purl across the row for 46 (52, 58, 64) stitches. Finally, knit the last 11 stitches (all sizes). Tie and cut your twine.

Next, you’ll pick up the threads to continue knitting in the next section.

middle of the bottom

Pick up your yarn and knit into the stockinette stitch.

If you finish on the (WS) or purl row, it will hold up now. If you finished rows (RS) or knit row, start scrubbing across the next row. Alternate these knit and back rows until the piece measures approximately 16.5 inches (18.5 inches, 20.5 inches, 22.5 inches).

ribbed bottom cuff

Row 1 (RS): K1, p1 via

Repeat row 1, making 1 x 1 rib for 2.5 inches (all sizes)

Tie and weave on all sides

Repeat the above pattern to make the second panel from the top. You will then link them together.


seam sides:

Lay the boards right sides out.

Along with the thread of yarn and your fabric needle, stitch each side using mattress stitching. Seam each side and continue to seam under each arm.

The seam along the top of the jacket:

Stitch the shoulders of the jacket with a simple whip stitch or your preferred style, leaving room in the middle for your head and neckline (about 11 inches). You can create shorter layers for an off-the-shoulder look, or you can make your layers longer for a smaller neckline. Weave on all sides and you’re done!


What do you think of this simple top? Wouldn’t it be fun to see bright colors?

Hope you enjoy knitting this (or any project on your needles)!



Are you a crocheter and wish you could knit this? You can see my blog post and a video on how to knit here.

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