Nerdy Hippie Tee
March 23, 2022
June 14, 2022

Nerdy Hippie Tee

Project info
Phrancko's Seamless Set-in Sleeves by Frank H. Jernigan
Needles & yarn
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
FibraNatura Unity
3.9 skeins = 1021.8 yards (934.3 meters), 390 grams
FibraNatura Unity


FibraNatura’s Unity yarn is discontinued and currently on closeout prices everywhere (I bought mine for $4/skein from It is an interesting blend of wool, cotton, linen, and bamboo that I thought might work for my first attempt at a t-shirt. The yarn is quite thick-and-thin, changing often from a worsted to a light DK, which gives the resulting fabric some hempy texture.

Charles Voth has a review of this yarn at KnitMuch:

I decided to try out the seamless set-in sleeve design from I chose the round neck option. The body is just stockinette, and then I did i-cord bindoff in a different color for the cuffs.

What I like:

  • It fits! The Phrancko set-in sleeves work!
  • Love the orange “Cognac” color
  • The yarn has enough wool in it that it is stretchy and bouncy unlike pure linen or cotton

What I don’t like:

  • Lots of tension issues wherever there are picked-up stitches (and the in the sleeve increases)… only some of that I can blame on the thick-and-thin nature of the yarn. shrug
  • I was hoping to be able to wear it as a base-layer T-shirt, but it is much too scratchy for that, so I’ll have to wear it over an undershirt. In that case I wish I had gone for the henley neck instead of the round neck.
  • Yarn not machine washable
  • The knit-on patch pocket edges did not turn out as neat as I wanted (and and try doing the pocket several different ways). Probably knitting a patch and sewing it on would have been cleaner.

Construction notes

Small swatch
US 6:
Dry: 11x14.5 in 2” = 22x29 in 4” = 5.5x7.25/inch
Washed: 5.5 sts/inch

US 7:
Dry: 10x14 in 2” = 20x28 in 4” = 5x7/inch
Washed: 4.75 sts/inch

I went with the US6 (22x29 sts in 4 inches). My target is for the garment to be 40” at the chest which gives me about 2” of positive ease.


Follow phrancko pattern.


Before dividing for the sleeves I decided to soak and block to see how it was going to fit. Gauge was spot on, so continued to the body in stockinette without changing anything! I joined new skeins with Russian join.

Hem: us5 needles: p1 p2tog every 20th, purl 1 row, knit 2 rows, purl 3 rows, knit 3 rows, i-cord bindoff in adobe color.


Picked up and knit according to phrancko pattern until they were about 5” long from the underarm (37 rows). Then switched to US5 needles and: purl 2 rows, knit 2 rows, i-cord bindoff with adobe color.


For the neck I didn’t do i-cord bindoff to keep it less bulky.

With US5 needles and adobe yarn: pickup and knit around, knit 1 row, purl 2 rows, bind off in pattern.


I liked the pocket on a Purl SoHo pattern I saw, so I decided to try knitting on a patch pocket.

With US5 needles and Cognac yarn pick up about 3.5” of stitches (23 sts) for the bottom, knit across until 1 st left/

Row 1 (WS): slip last stitch to right needle, pick up next stitch in last column, put both stitches back on left needle, ssk. Turn work

Row 2 (RS): slip first stitch purlwise, purl across until 1 st left. Slip stitch to left needle. Pick stitch two stitches above current stitch in last column, slip both stitches back to right needle, p2tog. Turn work.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until pocket is about 4” tall; at the end of every row pick up the stitch 2 stitches above current stitch in last colum and then ssk/p2tog.

Bind off in i-cord using Adobe yarn.

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by FibraNatura
36% Wool, 28% Cotton, 18% Linen / Flax, 18% Rayon from Bamboo
262 yards / 100 grams

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  • Originally queued: March 11, 2022
  • Project created: March 25, 2022
  • Finished: June 14, 2022
  • Updated: June 16, 2022