Mia Tee Knitting Pattern

Mia tee free knitting pattern

A new top knitting pattern – the Mia Tee – is now a free knitting pattern here on the blog! Read about my inspiration, the gorgeous speckled yarn, and the easy construction or scroll down for the free version. 

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Mia Tee Knitting Pattern FREE

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Back view of the shoulder and sleeve of the Mia top knitting pattern

I love a cute outfit but sometimes I just want to wear a simple tee and a pair of jeans; no-fuss.

That’s where the Mia Tee knitting pattern comes in. It’s a classic tee with just a little bit more to it. It has a light flattering shaping from the waist down and wide bound edges for a perfect feminine finish. Wide short sleeves give it a modern twist you’ll love wearing.

The Yarn

If you thought speckles were only for fancy hand-dyed yarns, think again! I’m obsessed with speckles and was so happy when I discovered this much more affordable option.

For this Mia Tee knitting pattern I used Katia Yarns Sonajero, it’s a 60% cotton, 40% acrylic blend with gorgeous speckles of teal blue, light green and raspberry pink. It’s available in 6 different shades of speckles on the same off-white background.

The cotton blend makes it perfect for summer makes. Worked on bigger needles it has an amazing drape too!

The Knit Top Pattern Construction

The Mia Top knitting pattern is a classic tee with a little flattering shaping at the waist. It is worked in 2 flat panels which are then sewed together.

Stitches are picked up around the bottom edge, collar and armholes to make the bound edges. These edges are worked in the round but you can work them flat and add a small seam if you prefer.

Zoom in on the top knitting pattern at a small angle

Downloadable PDF

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Before you Start

Materials

  • 4 mm/ US 6 circular knitting needles (straight needles option included)
  • Katia Yarns Sonajero (DK weight, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 145m/159yd, 50g/1.8oz) in colorway 202
    • XS, S, M: 5 skeins
    • L, XL:  6 skeins
    • 2XL & 3XL: 7 skeins
    • 4XL, 5XL: 8 skeins
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Size

The Tee is available in the following sizes: XS to 5XL. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). The pictures illustrate the Large size.

Final garment measurements are:

  • XS: 80 cm / 31.5” bust, 90 cm / 35.5” hip, 20 cm / 7.75” armhole depth
  • S: 90 cm / 35.5” bust, 100 cm / 39.25” hip, 21 cm / 8.25” armhole depth
  • M: 100 cm / 39.25” bust, 110 cm / 43.25” hip, 23 cm / 9” armhole depth
  • L: 110 cm / 43.25” bust, 120 cm / 47.25” hip, 24 cm / 9.5” armhole depth
  • XL: 120 cm / 47.25” bust, 130 cm / 51.25” hip, 25 cm / 9.75” armhole depth
  • 2XL: 130 cm / 51.25” bust, 140 cm / 55” hip, 27 cm / 10.5” armhole depth
  • 3XL: 140 cm / 55” bust, 150 cm / 59” hip, 28 cm / 11” armhole depth
  • 4XL: 150 cm / 59” bust, 154 cm / 60.5” hip, 29 cm / 11.5” armhole depth
  • 5XL: 160 cm / 63” bust, 164 cm / 64.5” hip, 30 cm / 11.75” armhole depth

The Tee is designed with a normal fit 5 – 10 cm / 2” – 4” ease at the bust.

Total Tee length is 64 cm / 25.25”.

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch, is 20 st by 26 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together, single right-leaning decrease
  • ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit these 2 stitches together through back loops; single left-leaning decrease.

Repeat instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.

Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Stockinette stitch:
    • Worked in rows: knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side of your project.
    • Worked in the round: knit all rounds.
  • Pick up stitches: if you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
  • I recommend using the sloped bind off technique for the collar shaping. If you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.

The Actual Top Knitting Pattern

Back Panel

With your 4 mm / US 6 knitting needles, cast on 90 (100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 154, 164) st.

[Knit in stockinette st for 8 cm / 3”.

Decrease row: k1, ssk, knit until last 3 st, k2tog, k1] 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 2, 2) times (approximately 40 cm / 15.75”). <80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) st>

Continue in stockinette stitch until you reach 60 cm / 23.5”.

Collar Shaping

On the next right-side row: knit 25 (30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65), cast off 30, knit 25 (30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65).

Work both sides separately from here onwards starting with the side where you ended the previous row.

Back panel of the knit top showing the stitches to be worked separately after casting off the neckline stitches

Row 1: Purl across. <25 (30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65) st>

Row 2: Cast off 10 st, knit across. <15 (20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55) st>

Row 3: Purl across.

Cast off all remaining stitches.

With right side facing join yarn at other shoulder to work the other side.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Cast off 10 st, purl 15 (20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55) st. <15 (20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55) st>

Row 3: Knit across.

Cast off all remaining stitches.

Front panel

With your 4 mm / US 6 knitting needles, cast on 90 (100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 154, 164) st.

[Knit in stockinette st for 8 cm / 3”.

Decrease row: k1, ssk, knit until last 3 st, k2tog, k1] 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 2, 2) times (approximately 40 cm / 15.75”). <80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) st>

Continue in stockinette stitch until you reach 55 cm / 21.5”.

Collar Shaping

On the next right-side row: knit 29 (34, 39, 44, 49, 54, 59, 64, 69), cast off 22, knit 29 (34, 39, 44, 49, 54, 59, 64, 69).

Work both sides separately from here onwards starting with the side where you ended the previous row.

Row 1: Purl across. <29 (34, 39, 44, 49, 54, 59, 64, 69) st>

Row 2: Cast off 2, knit until end of row. <27 (32, 37, 42, 47, 52, 57, 62, 67) st>

Row 3: Purl across.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 six times. <15 (20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55) sts

Cast off all remaining stitches.

Join yarn back at the neckline to work the other side (start on a wrong side row).

View of the knit top panel joining the yarn at the neckline

Row 1: Cast off 2, purl until end of row. <27 (32, 37, 42, 47, 52, 57, 62, 67) st>

Row 2: Knit across.

Repeat Row 1 and 2 six times.

Cast off all remaining stitches.

Finished tee knitting pattern panel

Assembly

Attach both panels together. Start by sewing the shoulder seams; sew up to the start of the collar shaping.

Sew the sides leaving 20 (21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30) cm / 7.75 (8.25, 9, 9.5, 9.75, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 11.75)” unseamed for the armholes.

Weave in all the ends.

Bound Edges

Zoom in on the bound edges of the neckline and sleeve

The bound edges are formed by picking up stitches along the edge. Knitting a section in stockinette stitch then sewing the end of this section back on the inside to the picked-up stitches.

Straight needles option: Instead of working these sections in the round you can pick up only half the stitches. Work that section as indicated then pick up the other half of the stitches and work them. Finally, sew both of these sections together at both ends before closing the bound edge back on the inside.

Detailed view to show the bound edges being seemed on the inside of the free knit top pattern

Bottom Edge

Pick up 180 (200, 220, 240, 260, 280, 300, 308, 328) st around the bottom edge.

Knit in the round for 16 rows.

Cast off.

Fold this little addition in half and sew the end to the picked up stitch seam on the inside.

Collar

Pick up 100 st around the neckline

Knit in the round for 8 rows.

Cast off.

Fold this additional section in half and sew the end to the picked-up stitch seam on the inside

Sleeves

Repeat for both sleeves

Pick up 80 (84, 92, 96, 100, 108, 112, 116, 120) st around the armhole.

Knit in the round for 16 rows.

Cast off.

Fold this additional section in half and sew the end to the picked up stitch seam on the inside

Blocking

You are done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your summer top even prettier, help even your stitches and flatten your seams, block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

The completed Mia Tee knitting pattern

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