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The Classic Tee Knitting Pattern ⨯ A Wardrobe Staple Fashion Item

The Design Concept For The Classic Tee Knitting Pattern: A Classic T-Shirt That's Perfect For Summer or Spring!

When I was first designing The Classic Tee knitting pattern, I had in mind a super simple, classic wardrobe staple. I wanted to design a t-shirt that had a relaxed-fit, is always comfy to wear, and never goes out of style. I personally love boxy-fitted t-shirts, so I decided to forgo any body shaping for The Classic Tee knitting pattern, making it a super easy and quick project. To break up the sea of lovely stockinette stitches, I went with a contrasting rib stitch that is slightly different than the average ribbing -- in my opinion, it makes the ribbing look cleaner and neater and all-around more professionally-knitted. Paired with high-waisted jeans or shorts during the summer months, The Classic Tee will take an ordinary outfit up a notch while still remaining classic and timeless.

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Details Of The Classic Tee Knitting Pattern 

The Classic Tee is knitted seamlessly top-down on circular knitting needles, first starting with the collar/neck, then moving onto a little neck shaping, then the yoke, then dividing the sleeves, and knitting the rest of the body, and coming back to knit the sleeves at the end. This knitting pattern is suitable for "advanced beginner" knitters and beyond, and is a really simple knit, especially if you've knitted top-down garments before. Never knit a sweater or t-shirt before? You can definitely conquer The Classic Tee knitting pattern with ease if you get the Premium Pattern Package option, because the six video tutorials will walk you through knitting it. All the stitches are simple, and you'll easily get into the meditative flow of knitting stockinette stitch for the majority of this pattern.

One of the benefits of choosing the Premium Pattern Package option is that you walk away knowing you'll never get stuck or frustrated when working through the pattern. Think of it as "knitting insurance". And just like with all Darling J'adore patterns or premium packages, they are "live" and are being regularly updated with added instructions or videos whenever necessary. We at Darling J'adore are passionate about offering the highest possible quality of patterns, and to us, that means regularly adding, updating, and improving our content and patterns whenever possible. You can read more about our FAQs and details about our patterns and packages here.

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A Breakdown Of The K​​​​nitting Pattern: What Do I Get?

You get to choose between two options: Option #1: Get the "Premium Pattern Package", which includes the 8-page printable PDF plus six detailed video tutorials to help guide you; or Option #2: Get only the digital PDF file and forgo the video tutorial support.


  • A highly-detailed 8-page PDF digital file with step-by step instructions, schematics, and tutorial photos.
  • Loads of helpful tips and tricks for knitting this sweater (and other top-down sweaters) more easily and quickly, so you'll walk away with more knitting knowledge to add to your repertoire.
  • All the specific details of all the materials and yarn used to create the exact sweater in the photos.
  • Size charts and dimensions to help you pick the size you want to make this sweater in. Remember, the pattern is written for sizes Extra Small through 2XL, but can easily be adapted for larger or smaller sizes (and tips are within the pattern on how to size up or down).
  • A quick written explanation of some of the stitches and techniques used in the pattern for convenience.
  • All the basic knitting pattern attributes: gauge, abbreviations, step-by-step instructions, basic technique explanations, e-mail support, etc.

The Classic Tee: Options & Sizing For The Knitting Pattern

You have two options for this knitting pattern: Option #1: Get only the pattern PDF, which includes schematics, photos, step-by-step instructions, and everything else a knitting pattern ought to have; or Option #2: Get the "Premium Pattern Package", which gives you access to the PDF plus six video tutorials that help guide you through knitting it. When you choose the Premium Pattern Package option, you'll walk away insured that you'll never get stuck, because you'll always have video support to refer to, and you'll get to build your knitting skills repertoire in the process. Double win!  

The knitting pattern for The Classic Tee includes a sizing guide with measurements and also includes instructions to adapt the pattern to make the tee much larger or smaller if preferred. Since it's knitted top-down, it's easy to adapt the pattern to fit your specific size and create the tee much smaller or larger than the measurements below, and the pattern provides information on how to do so. But for convenience, the sizes of the tee – XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL -- correspond to the approximate bust sizes the tee will fit up to: 37”, 38”, (40”), 42”, 44”, 46”, 48.5”.

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Accessing The Classic Tee Knitting Pattern (And All Darling Jadore Patterns): Retrieval, Downloading, Etc

All of our patterns are digital downloads that are e-mailed immediately after payment is processed, so make sure you enter in your correct e-mail at checkout. Unlike some knitwear designers, all Darling J'adore pattern links never expire, meaning you can download it at any time, and it will always be available to you. Additionally, all Darling J'adore patterns are "live", meaning that they are constantly being updated. Therefore, if any pattern you've purchased is updated (e.g., instructions changed, videos added, etc), you are sent an e-mail notification and all you need to do is simply re-download your file for the updated version. We at Darling J'adore are passionate about providing the highest quality patterns and videos to our customers, and to us, that means always updating versions of our patterns to make them the highest possible quality when possible. Most of our patterns are 9+ pages long, include numerous instructional photos and schematics with specific measurements, as well as easy-to-read (i.e., "Plain English") instructions in addition to classic knit or crochet instructions. All Darling J'adore patterns are ad-free and printer-friendly. You can read all of our FAQs here!

You can also create an account with Darling Jadore, if you want quicker checkout and an easier way to store all your patterns. Creating an account with Darling J'adore just makes it easier for you to store all of your pattern files and purchasing information in one place, and provides faster checkout. Therefore, you never need to sift through your e-mails to find your confirmation e-mail with the pattern download file; all your files are easily accessible in your account. You can create an account here.

If you ever have any tech issues at all, we have a team of technology specialists who are available every day of the week to assist you and always return e-mails within one or two business days. You can reach our Technical Support Team by e-mailing them at tech@darlingjadore.com and they will gladly assist you with any technical issues. We want the experience of our customers to be as smooth and easy as possible, so we're streamlined the checkout-to-download process as best we can!

Reselling From Patterns: Can I Sell My Finished Classic Tee?

Yes, absolutely! All finished items made from Darling Jadore patterns may be sold, so long as clear credit has been given to Darling Jadore™ on your website, Etsy shop, social media account, or wherever else you decide to sell it. I love when customers tell me they buy patterns for "market prep", meaning that they will make a lot of the items in bulk and eventually sell them in fall and winter markets and festivals, or in their Etsy shop, etc. I love seeing your finished items, but kindly ask that you give pattern credit to Darling Jadore. If you're interested in stocking up your Etsy shop or doing market prep, you might want to check out these fan-favorite patterns: The Cappuccino MittsThe Avalon Hat, and The Haze Scarf.

Please note that all patterns and photographs in this shop are the property of Darling Jadore™ and are thereby purchased under the agreement that they may not be distributed, copied, re-written, or re-sold. Furthermore, all PDF pattern files are protected by U.S. Copyright and are property of Darling Jadore. It is illegal to redistribute, sell, or share the pattern in part or in whole, electronically or physically.

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