Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton
Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton
Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton
Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton
Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton

Top-Down Tee PATTERN- Big Cotton

Loopy Mango
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This top is worked in the round from the neck to the armholes, then stitches are placed on hold for the sleeves while the body is worked in the round to the bottom edge. When the body is complete, the sleeves are worked in the round (just 2-3 rounds depending on size).

This listing is for the pattern only. After checkout, you will receive a digital copy of the pattern by email. 

If you would like to buy the full DIY Kit for this style, you can do so here.


Pattern level: Intermediate

Sizes:  XS - 2X/3X


  • Loopy Mango Big Cotton Yarn 48 yds 43 m | 100 g 3.5 oz each, 100% cotton
  • Size US 17 (12 mm) circular needles 32'' (80 cm) in length 
  • Size US 19 (15 mm) circular needles 32'' (80 cm) in length 

NoteThis kit requires US 19 (15 mm) circular needles 32’’ (80 cm) and US 17 (12 mm) circular needles 32’’ (80 cm).  For neck you will need to use magic loop method when using size US 17 (12 mm) circular needles 32’’ (80 cm).  To avoid magic loop you will need to use an additional set of size US 17 (12 mm) 20’’ (50 cm) circular needles or US 17 (12 mm) double pointed needles (DPN’s).

Top-Down Tee in Big Cotton is knit from the top-down and in the round with straightforward raglan shaping. The stockinette and raglan rhythm makes these styles joyful (and quick!) to knit - as well as accessible to a wide range of knitting levels!  Since you are knitting top down you can easily adjust the length of the top and sleeves to fit your needs.

GaugeStockinette on size US 19: 7 sts/4", 10 rows/4". 1x1 rib on size US 17 8 sts/4’’, 10.5 rows/4’’. This sweater is knit in the round so your gauge swatch for stockinette stitchshould also be knit in the round - usually knitting stockinette stitch in the round results in tighter tension since there are no purl rows.

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Yarn Amount




5 balls

21” 53 cm

16.5” 42 cm


6 balls

23” 58 cm

17.5” 44 cm


7 balls

24” 61 cm

18.5” 47 cm


8 balls

25.5” 63 cm

19.5” 49 cm


9 balls

28” 71 cm

20.5” 52 cm


10 balls

30.5” 77 cm

21.5” 54 cm

Shown in Barely Pink (S).


Helpful video tutorials for this project

  1. Sleeves for Top-Down Styles part 1
  2. Sleeves for Top-Down Styles part 2
  3. M1R-Right Slanting Increase
  4. M1L-Left Slanting Increase
  5. How to increase KFB
  6. How to knit two together (K2TOG)
  7. Magic Loop method

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