DIY // Wrecked Tee Knit Pattern

Everyone needs a little touch of punk in their wardrobe! This Wrecked Tee is an oversized top that’s edgy yet cute depending on the color you decide to make it in. It’s an easy knit for beginners and can be completed in a weekend.


  • 20″ tall and 19″ wide when laid flat. This includes the 1×1 ribbing, which is approximately 2.25″


  • 12 sts and 17 rows per 4″


  • 235-300gr of cotton yarn (approx. 500-600m). We recommend using Cascade Ultra Pima (100g/200m per skein)
  • 8mm (US11) needles, either straight or circular (as long as it can hold all your stitches)
  • Sewing needle

In this tutorial, you will need to cast on, knit with two strands held together, work in a 1×1 rib, drop stitches, work in stockinette stitch, and cast off. If you’re new to knitting, Wool and the Gang has great tutorials for beginners.

STEP 1 (Front side of top): Using the cable cast on method and two strands held together, cast on 60 sts.

STEP 2: Work in a 1×1 rib (knit 1, purl 1 until the last stitch) for 11 rows.

STEP 3: Switch to stockinette stitch (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side). Work for 9.5 inches (approx. 34 rows), ending on a purl row.

STEP 4: Knit 49 sts, drop the 50th and 51st stitch and cast on 2 sts in its place. Knit until the end of the row.

STEP 5: Gently tug on both sides of the dropped stitches until they drop down to the cast on row.

STEP 6: Continue in stockinette stitch for another 7.5 inches (approx. 26 rows), ending on a purl row.

STEP 7: Work 11 sts, drop the 12th st and cast on 1 st in its place. Knit until the end of the row and loosen the dropped stitch.

STEP 8: Work in stockinette st for another 5 rows and cast off.

BACK OF THE SHIRT: Repeat steps 1-3. In step 4, knit 11 stitches and drop the 12th stitch and cast on 1 st in its place and knit until the end of the row. Repeat steps 5-6. Knit 49 sts, drop the 50th and 51st stitch and cast on 2 sts. Knit until the end of the row. Repeat step 8.
STEP 9: With wrong sides facing each other, use the mattress stitch to sew the sides of the shirt together. Leave 8.5” of space at the top for the armhole. Repeat on the other side.

STEP 10: Use the invisible horizontal method to sew the shoulder seams on both sides. Leave 13.5” for the neck opening.

STEP 11: Wash with Soak or a similar wash for 30 mins and block your project. You’re done!

This is what the finished product looks like!

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16 thoughts on “DIY // Wrecked Tee Knit Pattern

    • Hi Beth!

      Our gauge for this pattern is as follows: 12 sts and 17 rows per 4″.

      The measurements of the top are: 20″ tall and 19″ wide when laid flat. This includes the 1×1 ribbing, which is approximately 2.25″. Keep in mind that the top is meant to be boxy and loose-fitting.

      Using the gauge information, you can adjust the number of stitches accordingly to achieve your desired width of the garment. For example, if you want to add 2″ width to the body, you can add an additional 6 sts when you cast on.

      Hope that helps!


  1. There is no size on this. We all aren’t from the same mold. One size does not fit all. I love the pattern. but who will it fit?

    Thanks, long Time knitter.

    • Hi there!

      Fellow long time knitter here as well :) The measurements of our top is as follows: 20″ tall and 19″ wide when laid flat. This includes the 1×1 ribbing, which is approximately 2.25″. Our gauge is 12 sts and 17 rows per 4″.
      Knowing this, you can feel free to adjust the pattern to achieve the size you want, keeping in mind that it is meant to be a loose fitting garment.

      Hope that helps! Can’t wait to see what your final product looks like.


    • Hi Georgette!

      This would be absolutely adorable for a child! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Please see my other responses to the other comments on sizing info. You might also want to try knitting with one strand instead of two held together also.

      The length of the circulars don’t really matter because you won’t be knitting in the round. If you are knitting for a 5 year old, no more than 16″ is really necessary. Some knitters do prefer longer needles, however, so they have a peace of mind knowing that their stitches won’t slip off easily 😉

      Hope that helps, and please show us how your final project looks!


  2. Love this, and so will my daughters. Just one question … the dropped stitches, will they stay in place like that and not unravel right down the length?

  3. This LOOKS to be on a 12-13 yr old! I’d love to make one for my DIL and Grand-daughter, but your measurements are a little odd, to me. 19″ across? Sooo, instead of a size, I have to get one of their tops, lay it flat, and measure across it? It’s going to be terribly disappointing when they arrive next summer and the tops don’t fit. It’s a really cool pattern and I’m sure they’d both love it. but……….. I wish I had an actual size to work from. Like small, medium, large – etc. To my mind, this HAS to be “extra small” but still too big for my grand-daughter.

    • Hi Jeannie,

      This pattern is a free size. Our model for these photos typically wears XS or S tops, if that helps. If you wish, you can use the gauge information and modify the pattern to make it bigger or smaller to your desired size.


      • Thank you for your response. I was correct – this wouldn’t fit anyone I know as-is – so I have to wait til they’re physically present and I can access their clothing :-( It MIGHT fit my DIL but that’s not a good “maybe”. Jeannie

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