The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffman

The V-Back Tee

August 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
680 - 1926 yards (622 - 1761 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X
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A largely self-explanatory design, the V-back Tee is a playfully rebellious reversal of the popular v-neck. With a top-down construction this tee features back v-shaping that begins at the start of the ribbed neckband and continues all the way down to the hem. The v-shaping is created by a series of paired increases that surrounds a graceful spine, and side decreases offset the widening fabric. Two sets of German short rows even up the front hem with the back.

For this design I created an unorthodox method of fading colors by bringing a third color into each transition. These third color “hiccups” interrupt the fade but also help to maintain a nice cohesiveness to the tee as a whole. For my sample I selected four colors, but the pattern is written to accommodate five, four or three colors, or the entire tee can be knit in a single color. There are multiple options, and what’s more—the tee is reversible! Worn in back the V offers a nonstandard back neckline with a scoop neck in front; worn in front the V becomes a v-neck with a fabric that accentuates the bust before subtly cascading to the hem. Wear it both ways for an equally flattering fit.



Finished bust circumference: 31(35,39,43,47)(51,55,60,63) inches

Intended to fit with a positive ease of 0-3 inches


24” US 3 / 3.25 mm circulars for ribbing or size
needed to meet gauge (and DPN’s for sleeve
ribbing if not using magic loop)
24” US 6 / 4.0 mm circulars or size needed to
meet gauge (and DPN’s for sleeves if not
using magic loop)
* Longer needle sizes may be desired for the
body and sleeves.


Walk Collection Cottage Merino (heavy sock weight, 360 meters /
393 yards per skein)

Colorways used: Scallop, Artichoke Hearts, Uluru, & Koi


700(840,990,1150,1350)(1550,1780,2000,2225) total yards

1st Color: 160 (190, 220, 260, 300)(345, 400, 450, 500) yds
2nd Color: 190 (230, 265, 310, 365)(415, 475, 540, 600) yds
3rd Color: 145 (170, 200, 230, 275)(310, 360, 400, 450) yds
4th Color: 95 (115, 135, 155, 180)(210, 240, 270, 300) yds
5th Color: 130 (150, 180, 205, 240)(275, 320, 360, 400) yds


4 markers, including one unique BOR; 1 removable marker,
darning needle; & scrap yarn for sleeves