V-Neck Magpie by Skeinanigans

V-Neck Magpie

June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Broken Garter stitch pattern
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
300 - 825 yards (274 - 754 m)
35 (40.5, 46, 51)[56.5, 62, 67, 72.5]” / 89 (103, 117, 129.5)[143.5, 157.5, 170, 184] cm
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A breezy summer top for those golden skeins that are too perfect for socks, V-Neck Magpie puts a twist on the original Magpie Tendency to help build your crop top wardrobe. Knit on large needles, the finished fabric has beautiful drape, making it flattering on all body types. And all sizes in this inclusive range take two skeins or less of fingering weight yarn! What’s not to love?

A (B, C, D)(E, F, G, H)
35 (40.5, 46, 51)(56.5, 62, 67, 72.5)” / 89 (103, 117, 129.5)(143.5, 157.5, 170, 184) cm actual bust measurement of finished garment.
Choose a size that is 6-12”/15-30 cm larger than your full bust measurement.

Sample 1 in Elephant and Time Loop is a size E modeled by Lis with 8.5” of positive ease. Thanks so much to Lis for sample knitting and modeling for this pattern!

Sample 2 in Unicorn Tears and Gulfstream is a size C modeled by Melissa (Skeinanigans) with 6” of positive ease.

Yardage/meterage required
Short sleeve: 350 (400, 450, 500)(575, 625, 675, 725) yds/320 (365, 410, 460)(525, 570, 620, 660) m
¾ length sleeve: 450 (500, 550, 600)675, 725, 775, 825 yds/410 (460, 500, 550)(620, 660, 710, 750) m
Note: Yardage provided is approximate and can change based on your yarn, gauge, and modifications to the pattern.
If you would like to add length to your V-Neck Magpie, a good rule of thumb is to budget 15-30 yards per inch added, depending on your size.

4 in / 10 cm =15 sts and 20 rows with larger size needle, in Broken Garter stitch pattern worked flat, taken after blocking.

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.
Short sleeve: 1 (1, 1, 1)(2, 2, 2, 2) skeins
¾ length sleeve: 1 (1, 2, 2)(2, 2, 2, 2) skeins

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

Notions / Needles
US 10.5 (6.5 mm) circular needle for body and sleeves (use your preferred method for small circumference knitting of the sleeves: DPNs, magic loop, 2 circulars or 9-12” circulars)
US 9 (5.5 mm) small circular or DPNs for i-cord cast on and bind off
Adjust needle sizes as necessary to match gauge. Note that the smaller needle will be 2 US sizes / (1 mm) smaller than the larger needle when gauge is met.
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers (2)

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 (ideal for full skeins of contrast color) is modeled in ¾ length sleeve sample worn by Lis.

Color-blocking Option 2 (ideal for mini skeins of contrast color) is modeled in short sleeve sample worn by Melissa.

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 Chris, Emma C., Emma B., Heather, Ivonne, Jessica, Kirsten, Lis, Maresi, Mel, Nina, Vanessa, and Viv for testing, to Lis for modeling, and to Meaghan for tech editing!

Thanks to the wonderful Kate Howland for her excellent graphic design work on V-Neck Magpie!