Tin Roof by yamagara

Tin Roof

June 2020
Sample 1: Parkour Kitties BFL Fingering
Sample 2: Stash / leftover yarns
25 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.5 mm (E)
689 - 1219 yards (630 - 1115 m)
Finished circumference at bust: 87.5 (96.5, 108, 117)(121.5, 131, 140) cm / 34½ (38, 42½, 46)(48, 51½, 55) inches
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Inspired by old tin roof houses by the sea in my childhood in tropical Singapore. A slightly cropped colour block tee with possibilities for your own colour block design.

This pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.
Aavailable in English, Japanese and Portuguese

Uma camisola colorida que permite escolher as suas próprias combinações de cores

Do you have special single skeins and leftover yarns? Tin Roof is a fun knit to work with these. Instructions are written in a way that allows you to work with colours freestyle if you wish. You can knit bold colour blocks or blend colours in stripes.

This is a slightly cropped colourblock tee inspired by old tin roof houses by the sea in my childhood in tropical Singapore.

Two samples are knitted for this design.

Sample 1 is knitted with two alternating colourways across the cap sleeves and 6 vertical colour blocks, evenly distributed like painted wood panels on the walls of tin roof houses. A third colourway, aptly named Old Tin Roof II used in the sample, runs horizontally across the hem.

Sample 2, knitted with leftover yarns, shows how this design may be adopted to create freestyle colour combinations.

Instructions are written for Sample 1, but are written in a way that can be easily adopted for working freestyle with colours like shown in Sample 2.


The top part of the tee is made with left and right pieces knitted flat sideways, from the sleeves to the centre-line of the tee. The sleeves are shaped by German short rows, then stitches are added with Cable cast on to create the front and the back. A shoulder detail is created while knitting the front and back as one piece. The left and right pieces are joined at the centre-line with Russian grafting with a crochet hook. Sides are joined with horizontal stockinette seaming. The bottom part of the tee is worked in the round in reversed stockinette stitch and 1x1 rib, or stockinette stitch and 1x1 rib from the reverse side. A contrasting colour is used for binding off.


Size 1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)
87.5 (96.5, 108, 117)(121.5, 131, 140) cm /
34½ (38, 42½, 46)(48, 51½, 55) inches

Sample 1 was knitted in Size 2 with 10 cm / 4” positive ease at bust. Suggested ease: + 7.5 to 15 cm / 3 to 6”.


Fingering weight

Sample 1

Parkour Kitties BFL Fingering with Donegal Nep
Sample colour: Seaglass (lighter turquoise)

235 (265, 300, 340)(360, 400, 430) m /
255 (290, 330, 370)(395, 437, 470) yards
1 (1, 1, 1)(1, 1, 2) skeins

Parkour Kitties BFL Fingering with Donegal Nep
Sample colour: Surf (darker turquoise)

235 (265, 300, 340)(360, 400, 430) m /
255 (290, 330, 370)(395, 437, 470) yards
1 (1, 1, 1)(1, 1, 2) skeins

Parkour Kitties BFL Fingering
Sample colour: Old Tin Roof II (grey)

160 (175, 195, 215)(220, 240, 255) m /
175 (190, 215, 235)(240, 265, 280) yards
1 skein


One 3.25 mm / US 3 circular needle, 80 cm / 32” or longer.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

One spare 3.25 mm / US 3 circular needle 40 cm / 16” or longer, for holding stitches while doing Russian grafting. If you do not have a spare 3.25 mm / US 3 circular needle, you can use a 3 mm / US 2.5, or any smaller size circular needle instead.

One crochet hook of approximately 3.5 mm / JPN 6/0 / E-4 for Russian grafting.


Stitch markers (3), stitch holder or waste yarn, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


25 sts and 35 rows = 10 cm / 4” in Stockinette st with 3.25 mm / US 3 needle, after blocking.

Tin Roof は常夏のシンガポールで子供時代に海沿いで見かけた、古いブリキ屋根の家からインスピレーションを得ています。


サンプル1はブリキ屋根の家の壁板のように、左右の袖の間に等幅の2色を交互に使ったブロックを縦に6つ配しています。3色目はその名もOld Tin Roof IIというピッタリのネーミングで、裾回り全体をぐるりと取り囲んでいます。



プルオーバーの上側は2枚の編地から成り、往復編みで袖から身頃の中心へと横向きに編みます。袖はドイツ式引返し編みで形を作り、Cable CO (目の間を編出す作り目) で増し目をして、前、後ろ身頃の目を作ります。2枚の編地は中心線でRussian grafting (ロシアのジグザグ引き抜きはぎ) で合わせます。両脇はメリヤスはぎで合わせ、身頃下側は裏メリヤスと1目ゴム編みで編むか、裏側を見て表メリヤスと1目ゴム編みで編みます。伏せ止めには対比色を使っています。

Tin Roof é inspirada nas antigas casas de telhados de zinco da minha infância na Singapura tropical.

Foram feitas duas peças de amostra para este modelo.

A primeira peça é tricotada com duas cores alternadas nas mangas e 6 listas verticais, como os painéis de madeira pintada nas paredes das casas de telhados de zinco. Uma terceira cor faz o cós horizontalmente.

A segunda peça, tricotada com restos de fios de outros projectos, mostra como é possível criar infinitas combinações de cores.


A parte de cima da camisola é composta de 2 peças trabalhadas de lado, da manga para a linha central. As mangas são modeladas com carreiras interrompidas (German Short Rows), depois são montadas malhas para criar a frente e costas. Estas duas peças são unidas na linha central com a técnica Russian grafting com agulha de crochet. Os lados são unidos em ponto meia com uma costura horizontal. A parte de baixo da camisola é trabalhado em malha circular com a liga do direito e a meia no avesso e um canelado 1x1. O remate é feito com uma cor de contraste.


Special thanks to test knitters
nettie717 teresac shiningsilk rita63046 thisAknits gracarosa nayus emmalamb fioratta andreahknits irishowi jfborges robertapall1959 yoosun Suppendrache bijouxbyyvonne

Technical editor and translator for Japanese version
nami44 Naoko Ogawa

Translator for Portuguese version