Holdo

Holdo Tee worn by lady standing against wall

As RVdesigns continues to grow, I am introducing a new line of patterns that will be an expression of my style.

 

I have so much planned and am very anxious to begin sharing all that I have been dreaming of.

i know, i know...

ANOTHER Star Wars named pattern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo of the Resistance). But there is a solid reason… you see, my Amilyn top (Free pattern HERE) no longer fit. I’ve adjusted my eating habits to be more about my health and less about my love of chips and chocolate and with that, there’s been some weight loss. So, I’ve donated loads but a few of my handmades are still hanging around while I decide what to do…. alter? remake? donate?  

Holdo crochet tee on hanger



So, the pondering began on my Amilyn. With the way the cowl-style neck was made and the motifs within the fabric on the front… Altering was just going to be a lot of work. 
BUT, I really liked the back of the top. Decision made.

I took out the side seams, frogged the front and made and duplicate of the back, adjusted all the math for the new style│fit… Voila! New Summer tee. 

About the yarn

Ya’ll already know I love CoBoo. It’s an affordable, #3 light weight- DK yarn that is silky smooth and cool to touch.

A mix of 50% cotton and 50% bamboo with amazing drape – perfect summer yarn. Especially for the summers we have in Houston. I’m not even lying, its a “feels like 108” as I’m typing.

And now we know it frogs well and re-crochets nicely, it did untwist a bit and get a little splitty (this yarn is an 8 ply) in a few places, but it wasn’t bad and easy to work around.

It’s truly one of my favorites
(Hint, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing it again very soon.)

Other patterns that use CoBoo: Amilyn; Shirl

Lion Brand CoBoo

Other yarns that would make a great Holdo

Truboo

Lion Brand website
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 #3 | Light
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 100% Rayon from Bamboo

CotLin

WeCrochet website
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 #3 | Light
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 70% Tanjuis Cotton, 30% Linen

Bliss

Joann website
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 #3 | Light
  • rvd icons 4Artboard 14 53% Cotton 34% Antipill 13% Polyamide

The sizes available

As always, this top is size inclusive. Meaning, I have written this pattern for 10+ sizes.  Ranging from the standard XS – to 6X with an extra (+) for my 6X friends that would like to have more positive ease. See Finished Measurements below for the inches│centimeters of each size.

To determine which size you should make, first decide what kind of ease you’d like for the tee to have (how roomy or fitted you want the tee to be). For example, my Holdo (pictured) has 9″ [23 cm] positive ease (extra fabric). My chest is 49“ [124.5 cm] and the Holdo is 60″ [152 cm]. 

Then, follow the instructions for the size with the finished measurements you want.

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The skills you need

This top is E-A-S-Y.
Never made a garment before? Holdo Tee is a great place to start. Truly.
Using the most basic of stitches, Holdo can be the first piece in your own handmade, crocheted wardrobe.
 

chain – single – double – slip stitch – stacked double (optional)

Prefer a PDF? need a little extra help?

Some quick info about this Holdo crochet tee free pattern post:

This page has complete directions – or – you can inexpensively purchase the pattern.

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and you will receive an ad-free, linked, pdf download, which also includes:

  • Stitch Diagrams
  • Schematic of Measurements
  • Customization for lengthening│shortening the torso guide
  • Customizing the armhole guide
  • Customizing neck openings guide
  • 2 Sizing│Ease Charts; chest and hip (each created in inches and centimeters), that have done the math for you on which size will deliver what ease for standard body measurements.
Lady wearing holdo crochet tee standing next to brick wall

Getting started

If you’re not new here, you know what’s coming.
Yep, again.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times and will do so a thousand more- Friends, ya need to swatch. I know, really, I know it is no fun. I know you want to get right to the project. I know it feels like a waste of yarn, and yarn ain’t cheap. 
I know. Truly, I do.
But I also know, you want your tee to fit properly. This means you need to know how your stitching sizes up to my stitching. 
We are all different. 
Be fussy and grumpy about it (I always am), but do it

This stitch pattern + this coboo yarn make it especially important that you swatch. This fabric GROWS when wet.

To make the process easier and more enjoyable, I’ve created this helpful & FREE worksheet for you to use. 

Blocking Worksheet 

Print a few of these off or keep in your digital notebook. It helps with the steps, the math, and in keeping your project notes organized.

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The pattern

Holdo

A free crochet TEE pattern, by Rebecca Velasquez

Holdo crochet tee on hanger

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MATERIALS & TOOLS

YARN DK weight (#3 light); cropped 260 (277, 290, 307, 321, 335, 351, 365, 381, 395, 409) yd [238 (254, 266, 281,294, 307, 321, 334, 349, 362, 374) m]; standard 348 (383, 418, 453, 488, 520, 555, 590, 625, 659, 694)yd [319 (351, 383, 415, 447, 476, 508, 540, 572, 603, 635) m]

Shown Lion Brand Yarn Coboo (51% cotton 49% bamboo; 232 yd [212 m]│3.5 oz [100 g]), #145 mauve, cropped 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls; standard 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls

*Amount given is for tee as shown | written. Yardage will vary with any alterations of pattern.

HOOK H- [5.00 mm]; or size needed to obtain gauge and G- [4.25 mm] for seaming; or one size smaller than gauge hook; the hook I used for this and most projects are the Tulip Etimo Rose

NOTIONS Stitch markers (10), yarn needle

For a complete list of all the tools & supplies I use, find it HERE .

Gauge

14 sts and 7 rows = 4” [10 cm] using H [5.00 mm] hook in stitch pattern after light blocking.

Finished MEasurements

CHEST│HIP 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80)” [101.5 (112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5, 162.5, 172.5, 183, 193, 203) cm] after light blocking

SHOULDER TO HEM 15” [38 cm] cropped; 18” [46 cm] standard

ARMHOLE CIRCUMFERENCE 12½ (13½, 13½, 14¾, 15¾, 17, 19¼, 20½, 21½, 23¾)” [32 (34.5, 34.5, 37.5, 40, 43, 49, 52, 54.5, 60.5)] cm

SHOULDER WIDTH 5 (6, 6½, 7½, 8½, 9, 10¼, 11, 11½, 12½, 13¾)” [12.5 (15, 16.5, 19, 21.5, 23, 26, 28, 29, 32, 35) cm]

Project Level

Beginner+

TECHNIQUES USED

chain – single crochet – stacked double crochet (optional, with VIDEO & written instruction) – double crochet – slip stitch

Lady holding pink crochet holdo tee with dark gray dress

NOTES

GENERAL

  • Pattern is written in US terms with imperial and metric measurements.
  • Pattern is written for 10 sizes, with an additional ‘+’ size to allow for further positive ease options
  • Yarn amount(s) given is for top as shown│written. Yardage [m] will vary with any alterations of pattern.
  • Sizes given in parentheses: 40 (44, 48, …). If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Read through each line before beginning to avoid any confusion during stitching.
  • Refer to Special Stitches instruction, and Video(s) as needed.
  • Take time to save time. Using same yarn as intended for top, stitch, wash, and block a gauge swatch in the same manner you will be using for your garment to ensure fabric created is as desired and will result in proper measurements│size intended. Refer to Blocking: A Guide for basic blocking methods│instructions.

CONSTRUCTION

  • Top is worked in 2 pieces, bottom up, then seamed at shoulder and sides.

UNDERSTANDING THE PATTERN & SIZING

  • Sample shown in Size 6, standard length, with sleeve depth and shoulder width sewn to Size 5 measurements; model is 5’ 2” with 49“ [124.5 cm] chest, 50” [127 cm] hip.
  • Pattern is written with a 10” {25.5 cm} positive ease intention, make size according to ease│fit desired.
  • For cropped length- choose sizing from chest measurement.
  • For standard length- choose sizing from largest of chest or hip measurement.
  • Only 10 sizing options are given for armhole sizing, as the additional ease stitches only pertain to top width│circumference.

ABBREVIATIONS & SPECIAL STITCHES

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

PM – place marker

Rep – repeat

RS – right side

Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

St(s) – stitch(es)

Yo – yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES

Back ridge Rather than working under the top loops or ‘V’ of foundation chain, turn chain upside-down, insert hook under the single strand of yarn that is bump│ridge-like in appearance.

PM (place marker) Place marker in stitch just made or as instructed.

Stacked dc (Stacked double crochet) Sc in indicated st, insert hook from front to back in leftmost back vertical bar of sc just made, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook. You may replace this stitch with traditional ch 3 if desired. {See Video tutorial}.

TEE

Front │Back (make 2)

tip: If your beginning chain tends to be tight, go up a hook size for the foundation row.

Row 1 Using H- [5.00 mm] hook, Ch 70 (78, 84, 92, 98, 104, 112, 118, 126, 132, 140), sc in back ridge of 2nd ch {see Special Stitches}, sc in back ridge of each ch across to end, PM through any stitch of row to mark RS, turn. 69 (77, 83, 91, 97, 103, 111, 117, 125, 131, 139) sts

Row 2 Stacked dc in first st {see Special Stitches}, dc in each st across to end, turn.

Row 3 Ch 1, sc in each st across to end, turn.

Row 4 Stacked dc in first st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st; rep from * across, dc in last st, turn. 36 (40, 43, 47, 50, 53, 57, 60, 64, 67, 71) dc, 33 (37, 40, 44, 47, 50, 54, 57, 61, 64, 68) ch 1

Row 5 Stacked dc in first st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk ch, dc in next st; rep from * across, dc in last st, turn.

For All Sizes
Cropped length

Rows 6-26 Rep Row 5.

PM in top of first and last st of Row 17 (16, 16, 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, 9, 7) to mark armhole placement.

Standard length

Rows 6-32 Rep Row 5.

PM in top of first and last st of Row 22 (21, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 15, 14, 12) to mark armhole placement.

Holdo Lady wearing pink crochet holdo tee with dark gray dress

All Sizes│Both lengths

Row 27 (33) Ch 1, sc in each st across to end, leaving a tail approximately 5 times the length of shoulder {see Finished Measurements}, fasten off. 69 (77, 83, 91, 97, 103, 111, 117, 125, 131, 139) sts

PM in 17 (21, 22, 26, 29, 31, 35, 38, 40, 43, 47) st from each edge on last row to mark shoulder│neck placement. Block pieces to measurements.

Lady showing shoulder seam of holdo crochet tee

Finishing

Shoulder Seam

Using H- [5.00 mm] hook, or same size hook as used for Front│Back panels, having right sides together, using long tail, join Front to Back with sl st, going under both loops of the first st of each piece, working from edge to center. Sl st in next 16 (20, 21, 25, 28, 30, 34, 37, 39, 42, 46) sts across, fasten off. 17 (21, 22, 26, 29, 31, 35, 38, 40, 43, 47) sl st.

Repeat for second shoulder.

Fasten off.

Side Seam

Using G- [4.25 mm] hook, or hook 1 size smaller than used for Front│Back panels, having right sides together, using a length of yarn approximately 5 times the length of side seam, beginning on Row 4, leaving hem detail rows unsewn for side vent, if desired. Join Front to Back with sl st, picking up 1 loop on each fabric piece of the lower portion (legs) of first st of each piece, ch 1, sl st through 1 loop of each fabric piece of the upper portion of the same st, of each piece, ch 1. Continue in sl st, ch 1 pattern to armhole marker, fasten off.

Lady showing side seam of holdo crochet tee

Repeat for second side. 

Remove marker(s), weave in ends. 

For best results, steam or dampen at seams and lay flat to dry. 

Lady wearing pink crochet holdo tee with dark gray dress
Lady wearing pink crochet holdo tee with dark gray dress

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