Mini Magpie by Melissa Alexander-Loomis

Mini Magpie

Knitting
June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Broken Garter stitch pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
150 - 450 yards (137 - 411 m)
0-6 months (6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2 years)(4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years)
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Using your favorite fingering weight yarns, scraps, and mini skeins, deck out your favorite tiny person in a Magpie of their own! This sweet tee is perfect for summer layering, and its slightly cropped length makes it perfect for throwing on over skirts, dresses and shorts. With two color-blocking options and two sleeve length options there are so many ways to maximize stashability, since every size uses less than one skein of Sprout sock! Now even the little ones can have their very own flock of Magpies!

Sizes
A (B, C, D)(E, F, G, H)
0-6 months (6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2 years)(4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years)
20 (22, 24, 26)(28, 30, 32, 34)” / 51 (56, 61, 66)(71, 76, 81, 86) cm actual chest measurement of finished garment.
Note: this garment is designed to have about 2-6” of positive ease depending on the finished size.
Sizes A-D feature a button placket at the shoulder.

Danica and Gwen (age 7) are modeling the size G in Mahi and Midsummer’s Night.

Penelope (age 2) is modeling the size D in Ranunculus and Navy.

Yardage/Metreage
Short sleeve: 150 (175, 225, 250)(300, 325, 375, 400) yds / 138 (160, 206, 229)(275, 298, 343, 366) meters
3/4 length sleeve: 200 (225, 275, 300)(350, 375, 425, 450) yds / 183 (206, 252, 275)(320, 343, 389, 412) meters
Note: Yardage provided is approximate and can change based on your yarn, gauge, and modifications to the pattern.

Gauge
18 sts x 24 rows = 4”x4” (10 cm) in Broken Garter stitch pattern, taken after blocking.
NOTE: This pattern has a different gauge than the adult Magpie patterns to avoid little ones snagging their garment too easily.
Blocking is crucial to this garment since it is such an open fabric, so don’t be afraid if it looks like a shriveled mess as you are knitting it, blocking hides a multitude of sins! Also, I recommend using grippy needles such as wood, bamboo, carbon fiber or acrylic needles to help with knitting at this large gauge.

Recommended yarn
The Fiber Seed Sprout Sock
90% superwash merino/10% nylon
510 yds/465 m per 4.8 oz/138g skein.
Less than 1 skein is required for all sizes and options of Mini Magpie.

Many thanks to Lindsay and Jordan of The Fiber Seed for providing yarn support for this pattern!

Materials
US size 9 (5.5 mm) 16-32” circular (40-80 cm) for body and sleeves. Use your preferred method for small circumference knitting.
US size 7 (4.5 mm) small circumference circular or DPNs for i-cord cast on and bind off.
Tapestry needle
(2) stitch markers
Smooth waste yarn or stitch holders
(3) buttons, 1/2”-3/4” (Only for sizes A through D)

This sweater was designed for maximum stashability, so dig in and use those full skeins, leftovers and mini skeins! There are two recommended options for color-blocking the sweater, but you are free to go crazy with color to fit your own Magpie Tendency!

Color-blocking Option 1 (suitable for mini skeins of the CC) is modeled throughout the pattern, in samples using Ranunculus and Navy worn by Penelope and samples using Mahi and Midsummer’s Night worn by Danica and Gwen.

Color-blocking Option 2 (suitable for full skeins or larger scraps of the CC) is demonstrated in the schematic.

Track Your Progress
This pattern was designed with the knitter in mind! As you complete each task, mark or fill in the Track Your Progress (TYP) task bubbles and repeat boxes so you never lose your place again. Happy knitting!

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit. Thanks to Amy, Debbie, Heather, Laura, Nakia, Shauna, Stacy, Tara and Samantha for testing, to Meaghan for tech editing, to Penelope, Danica and Gwen for modeling and to Kate for graphic design!