The HumaniTEE - yes, it is FREE ... for now!


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Ok... here we are, the release day for the HumaniTEE - knit and crochet! I am excited to offer this pattern for free here in the blog. I have MANY folks, inner circle family and friends in the LGBTQIA+ community and I myself as a melanated female - the creation of the top has been welling up inside me for a while now! It has such deep, personal meaning to me and I believe many more folks can relate... which is why I rather you have access to the HumaniTEE pattern for free - if you find it is something you fancy!

I will offer a clean PDF copy of the patter for $1 for those that would like it because designing and writing a pattern is WORK y'all! You can also donate to worthy causes such as It Gets Better or Trevor Project, or maybe another place you know of - basically the 6 bucks you would have spent on this pattern PLEASE reinvest in a worthy cause or at the very least maybe consider buying me a glass of wine or cuppa tea! (My Venmo is @skeinsnsticks) ;-)

Alright - first step is yarn. This piece is worked in Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton. It had ALL the colors I needed for the project so it was an easy selection . Please consider buying 24/7 Cotton from Lion Brand, I will receive a small commission based on your purchase.

Once you have your yarn in hand, let's get going on this! For the crochet work a swatch of 18 sts x 22 rows = 4x4inches in sc after blocking and for the knit piece work a swatch of 22 sts x 28 rows = 4x4inches in stockinette after blocking.


As for tools, you'll need: •US G/4.0mm hook or that needed for accurate gauge for crochet OR US 5/3.75mm circular needles or that needed for accurate gauge

plus a 48”/120 cm cord for the knit.

If you are working the crochet piece:

With C1, 90 (99, 108, 117, 126, 135) fsc

Rows 1 – 17 (17, 14, 14, 11, 9): Single Crochet


If you are working the knit piece:

With C1, Cast on 103 (112, 130, 139, 148, 157)

Rows 1 – 41 (41, 37, 37, 34, 30): Stockinette

I know some will not use the recommended yarn but rather whatever you have on hand and because of that I will refer to the colors by general name (ie. For 24/7 cotton ‘green’ is called ‘grass’ – but for our purposes I will refer to the color as green). The chart below serves to aid you in working the circle pattern. Again, the bottom right corner of the chart has a number 1 which signals the first row – this is the start of Row 18 (18, 15, 15, 12, 10) for crochet and Row 42 (42, 38, 38, 35, 31) for knit.

To make it easy, stranded colorwork is the best option (although intarsia can also work).

work the required rows as indicated (72 rows of circles) before moving on to the next step which begins the neckline/armhole shaping.

CROCHETERS:

You’ve completed the circle pattern and are now ready to move on to the armhole and neckline shaping. Yay, you!


Decrease method: sc2tog = single crochet over 2 sts


Insert hook into indicated st, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up lp (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through 3 lps on hook.


Set up: Place a stitch marker in the center st to divide the top into 2 sections. You should have: 45 (49, 54, 58, 63, 67) sts on one side and 45 (50, 54, 59, 63, 68) sts


SIZES S (M, 2X, 3X) Only


Row 90 (90, 84, 82) WS: Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sts, sc in each of next 39 (43, 48, 52, 57, 61) sts, sl st in next st, lev rem sts unworked, turn.


Row 91 (91, 85, 83) RS: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sts, sc in each st to end of row, turn.


Row 92 (92, 86, 84): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sts, sc in each sc to last 2 sc of the row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.


Row 93 (93, 87, 85): as Row 91 (91, 85, 83)


Row 94 (94, 88, 86): as Row 92 (92, 86, 84)


Continue working as Row 91 (91, 85, 83) and Row 92 (92, 86, 84) in alternation until you have 11 sts.


Work rows of these 11 sts then fasten off after Row 127 (127, 133, 133)

Other side:

Row 90 (90, 84, 82): Join with sl st to center st (yes, this is the same st you previously worked a sl st), ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in each sc to end of row.


Row 91 (91, 85, 83): Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sts, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 92 (92, 86, 84): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row, turn.

Row 93 (93, 87, 85): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc of row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 94 (94, 88, 86): as Row 92 (92, 86, 84)

Row 95 (95, 89, 87): as Row 93 (93, 87, 85)

Continue working as Row 92 (92, 86, 84) and Row 93 (93, 87, 85) in alternation until you have 11 sc.

Continue working rows of 11 sc then fasten off after Row 127 (127, 133, 133)


SIZES L (1X) Only

Row 87 (RS): Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sc, sc in each of next 39 (44, 48, 53, 57, 62) sc, sl st in next sc, lev rem sc unworked, turn.

Row 88: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row, turn.

Row 89: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc of row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 90: as Row 88

Row 91: as Row 89


Continue working as Row 88 and 89 in alternation until you have 11 sc.


Work rows of 11 sc then fasten off after Row 136 (139)


Other side:

Row 87: Join with sl st to center st, ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row.

Row 88: Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sts, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 89: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each st to end of row, turn.

Row 90: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc of row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 91: as Row 89

Row 92: as Row 90

Continue working as Row 89 and Row 90 in alternation until you have 11 sc.

Work rows of 11 sc then fasten off after Row 130 (133)


BACK PANEL:

82 (91, 101, 110, 119, 128) fsc

Rows 1 – 77 (77, 75, 75, 71, 69): Single Crochet

Use the next chart to work the numbers over the next 7 rows. After the 7 rows of numbers are completed then work the last 5 rows in white before sectioning off for the armhole and neckline. (Designer tip: if you are feeling like doing a bit extra use different colors in working the numbers!)

Set up: Place a stitch marker in the center st to divide the top into to 2 sections. You should have:

41 (45, 50, 55, 59, 64) sts on one side and 41 (46, 51, 55, 60, 64) sts

Row 90 (90, 87, 87, 84, 82) WS: Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sc, sc in each of next sc until reach center divide, sl st in center st, lev rem sts unworked, turn.

Row 91 (91, 88, 88, 85, 83) RS: Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row, turn.

Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each st to last 2 sc of the row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 93 (93, 90, 90, 87, 85): as 91 (91, 88, 88, 85, 83)

Row 94 (94, 91, 91, 88, 86): as Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84)

Continue working as 91 (91, 88, 88, 85, 83) and Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84) in alternation until you have 11 sc.

Work rows of these 11 sc then fasten off after Row 127 (127, 130, 133, 133, 133)

Other side:

Row 90 (90, 87, 87, 84, 82): Join with sl st to center st, ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row.

Row 91 (91, 88, 88, 85, 83) : Ch 1, sl st over next 6 sts, sc in each sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to end of row, turn.

Row 93 (93, 90, 90, 87, 85): Ch 1, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc to last 2 sc of the row, sc2tog over last 2 sc, turn.

Row 94 (94, 91, 91, 88, 86): as Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84)

Row 95 (95, 92, 92, 89, 87): as Row 93 (93, 90, 90, 87, 85)

Continue working as Row 92 (92, 89, 89, 86, 84) and Row 93 (93, 90, 90, 87, 85) in alternation until you have 11 sc.

Continue working rows of 11 sc then fasten off after Row 127 (127, 130, 133, 133, 133)


KNITTERS:

(Much of this will be repeated - charts - but I'll reference it here again!)


With C1, Cast on 103 (112, 130, 139, 148, 157)

Rows 1 – 41 (41, 37, 37, 34, 30): Stockinette

Alright, so now that we have worked the base single crochet or stockinette; we can now begin the main patterning – the circles! For the knit version the circle patterning begins on Row42(42,38,38,35,31).

You’ve completed the circle pattern and are now ready to move on to the armhole and neckline shaping. Yay, you!


**After you complete the last circle row - work 6 more rows of stockinette BEFORE staring the shaping.***


Decrease method:

k2tog = knit 2 together. (right slanting decrease)

ssk = slip slip knit. (left slanting decrease)

P2tog = purl 2 together (right slanting decrease)

P2tog-tbl = purl 2 together through back loops (left slanting decrease)

Spp= slip purl pass (right slanting decrease)


K2tog: On knit side, insert right needle from front to back (knitwise) into next 2 sts on left needle. Wrap yarn around right needle (as when knitting), pull though.


Ssk: Slip 2 sts knitwise, 1 at a time from left needle to right needle. Insert left needle into fronts of both slipped sts, knit them together.


P2tog: from wrong side of work, insert right needle into 2 sts purlwise, purl them together.


P2tog-tbl: slip 2 sts knitwise, 1 at a time from left needle to right, return slipped sts to left needle (keeping them twisted). With as few expletives as possible, purl the 2 sts together through the back lps.


Spp: Slip next st on left needle purlwise, purl next st with left needle pass slipped st over last purled st and off the right needle.

Set up: using a stitch holder divide the sts on the left needle in half.

Row 119 (119, 115, 115, 113, 109) (RS): Knit the first 51 (56, 65, 69, 74, 78) sts and place the remaining 52 (56, 65, 70, 74, 79) sts on the stitch holder.

Row 120 (120, 116, 116, 114, 110) (WS): P2tog-tbl, purl to end.

Row 121 (121, 117, 117, 115, 111): Ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 122 (122, 118, 118, 116, 112): P2tog-tbl, purl to end.

Work as Rows 121 (121, 117, 117, 115, 111) and 122 (122, 118, 118, 116, 112) until there are 12 sts on the needle.

Continue working 12 st rows and bind off after Row 169 (173, 173, 176, 177, 176)

Other side

Remove sts from st holder to left needle to begin work on RS of piece – so from center out.