Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Faux Fur Trimmed Coat for American Girl Doll

Difficulty level: Easy

Free Knitting Pattern

Materials: Blue Red Heart worsted weight yarn - 1 skein.
White Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn - 1 skein.

Crochet hook 1 (2.75 mm)

Gauge: 16 st x 20 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Garter Stitch
all rows - knit sts

Cast on 38 sts (including edge stitches).
Knit 8 rows. In the 9th row decrease 1 sts at the beginning and at the end of the row.
Knit 6 rows, In the 15th row decrease 2 sts, one after 12th and one st after 24th st. Repeat 2 times in row 21 (1 sts at the beginning and at the end of the row) and row 27 (one after 12th and one st after 24th st) rows, knitting 48 rows.
In the 49th row cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row and 2 sts at the beginning of the 50th row for arm holes.
Knit 22 rows. Total is 70 rows. Cast off.

Right Front
Cast on 22 sts (including edge stitches).
Knit garter stitch 48 rows decreasing each 6th row alternatively 1 sts at the beginning of the row or in the middle of the row.
Cast off 3 sts at the beginning of the 50th row. Knit 19 rows.
To shape neck hole line in the 69th row cast off 2 sts once, in the 71th row 1 st once.
Continue to work garter stitch for 11 rows. Total 82 rows. Cast off remaining stitches.

Please note that the fronts are longer than the back and the shoulder seams will be shifted to the back.

Left Front
Knit as right front.

Cast on 26 sts (including edge stitches).
Knit garter stitch for 28 rows decreasing 1 st on both sides in the 5th and the 7th rows. To shape arm hole line in the 29th row cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row and 2 sts at the beginning of the 30th row, in the 31st row 1 st once on both sides.
Knit 20 rows. From the 49rd row cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row and 2 sts at the beginning of the 50th row, and 1 st once in the 51th row on both sides to shape the head of the sleeve. Knit 2 more rows. Total 54 rows.
Cast off remaining stitches.

Join shoulder seams.
Set in sleeves and join side seams.
With white Fan Fur yarn trim the center sides of the front, neck line and hem edge with 3 rows of single crochet.
Sew 3 hooks and loops.



If you are budgeting your monthly expenses and most of your money is set aside to pay bills, you may be looking for inexpensive activities.  Learning to crochet can be a very fulfilling hobby that will barely affect your finances because the cost of yarn is very low.  Crocheting can also help you save more money on gift expenses.  This doll coat, for example, would make a perfect child's birthday present which will certainly help with your budgeting.


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Poster: janet
September 30, 2012

Re-read the direction- it says 48 ROWS, not sts! the pattern decreases to shape the back into the shoulder area and works out perfectly.
Poster: Vicki Meldrum
October 1, 2012

It does not mention 48 stitches. The 48 is the row count at that point.
Poster: GG
November 13, 2012

I see how this is confusing. I interpret it to mean after decreasing continue to knit until you've established 48 rows.
Poster: LOUANN
October 13, 2012

Has anyone successfully made this coat following the pattern as it is written? I am not an excellent knitter, and I won't be able to figure it out if there are errors in the pattern. I really want to knit it for my grandgirls. Lu
Poster: cynthia
December 10, 2013

I finished this with difficulty - I found I had to re-read the words many times to understand. It would be helpful if there were stitch counts after the dec. The fuzzy stuff is crocheted, I think you could adapt by casting on w/fuzzy then changing to the yarn. Or pick up & knit. I did only one round of single crochet. it's done!
Poster: Aileen
May 1, 2014

Please help how to do rows 15& 21 just can't get it . I have re read this too many times
Poster: Elaine Phillips
November 7, 2012

You can pick up stitches along the edge and work 2-3 rows of garter stitch instead of crocheting.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 13, 2013

That line means to continue to knit without any decreases.
Poster: Mary
February 13, 2013

Thank you! I eventually figured it out and the coat is adorable - my niece will love. Already gave her the matching had and she was delighted.! :)
Poster: Kathleen
August 11, 2013

Hi Marian,
I've tried to look up the conversion to overseas yarns. It was very confusing.
The yarn suggested is a US #3 weight. According to the packaging, knitted on 4 mm needles, 22 stitches for 28 rows should give you a 10x10 cm square.
I hope this helps.
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