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American Girl Doll Empire Waist Lace Dress

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

Materials: Tencel Wool by Cleckheaton 70% Tencel 30% Wool DK weight yarn 91 m (100 yds) / 50 g - 2 balls.

7 (4.5 mm) and circular 5 (3.75 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Gauge:One pattern repeat 2.25" (6 cm) on size #7 (4.5 mm) needles
20 st x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) for stocking stitch on size #5 (3.75 mm) needles


Stocking Stitch
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts

Bluebells Lace
Multiple of 10 sts
Row 1 and all odd rows - purl.
Row 2: yo, k3, sk2p (sl1, k2tog, pass sl st over), k3, yo, k1
Row 4: k1, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k2
Row 6: k2, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k4
Repeat rows 2-9


The dress is worked from the bottom up as one piece up to the armholes. Then the front and the backs are worked separately.
Cast on 94 sts. on #7 (4.5 mm) needles.
Row 1: purl
Row 2: sl 1, k1, Bluebells lace pattern on 10 sts repeat 9 times, k1, p1.
Rows 2-48: work 6 pattern repeats.

Row 49: sl 1, purl the rest of the sts. Transfer all the stitches to the circular # 5 (3.75 mm ) needles and block the skirt. 

Continue on needles #5 (3.75 mm).

Row 50: sl 1, k1, (k1, k2tog) 30 times, k1, p1. There will be 64 sts after the decreases for the bodice were made.
Row 51: purl
Row 52: knit
Row 53: purl
Row 54: sl1, k1, (yo, k2tog) 30 times, k1, p1. (eyelet row)
Row 55: purl.
Divide all the stitches on the needles as follows: 17 sts for the right back, 30 sts for the front, 17 sts for the left back. Continue to work the front and the left and the right back separately.

Left Back
Rows 56-71: stocking st.
Row 72: cast off 7 sts for the neckline.
Rows 73-75: stocking st. Cast off.

Right Back
Rows 56-72: stocking st.
Row 73: cast off 7 sts for the neckline.
Rows 74-75: stocking st. Cast off.

Rows 56-65: stocking st.
Row 66: cast off 10 sts in the middle of the row for the neckline. Finish the left and the right parts of the front separately.
Rows 67-75: stocking st. Cast off.

Join shoulder seams.
Join the back seam of the dress leaving 15 cm (6") open at the top.
Thread a length of ribbon in the eyelets at the waist.
Sew on 3 buttons to the left back.



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# 1. Poster: Lois
September 27, 2013

what is the stitch sk2p mean
# 2. Poster: Mary
October 7, 2013

I too wish to know what sk2p means.
also, explain Row 2 Bluebell pattern on 10 sts repeat 9 times, just which 10 sts am I to use as I count more sts. on that row.
# 3. Poster: Sherry
December 15, 2013

Did anyone answer this question yet as i am also confused. I don't understand jumping back and forth between the row to the chart. Can't it be written by row with all instruction written within that row instead of jumping back and forth? Very confusing, am i missing something here?
Thanks for any help
# 4. Poster: Florence Brewer
April 2, 2014

Please tell me what sk2p means and also row 2 sl 1, Bluebells lace pattern on 10 sts repeat 9 times , k1, p1.
# 5. Poster: RileyPoo
January 8, 2014

Not sure if you figured this out yet or not.

It is stated in Row 2, in parentheses, of the Bluebells Lace pattern at the top of the page....

Row 2: yo, k3, sk2p (sl1, k2tog, pass sl st over), k3, yo, k1

So you would slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over.

It only explains it the one time then uses the abbreviation after that.

I hope this helps!
# 6. Poster: Bonnie Hutmacher
November 17, 2014

I am quite an accomplished knitter and I have tried the first 6 rows several times. I end up after row two beginning the Bluebell lace and at the end of the row I end up with half the stitches I began with. I have no idea what I am doing wrong.
# 7. Poster: Linda Shepherd
March 20, 2014

Just finished this dress and it fits the doll perfectly - am going to make another one in a different color
# 8. Poster: Dian Freymiller
June 8, 2014

Linda Shephard did you have extra stitches after the pattern was done for each row?? I have had extra stitches on the 4th, 5th and 6th rows.
# 9. Poster: Nicole
September 15, 2014

Does it fit a 18" doll.
# 10. Poster: Dian
June 8, 2014

What is the difference between sk2p and sl1, k2tog, pass sl st over??? when i look it up on you tube it doesn't look like there is a difference in the why is it written different in this pattern
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Blocking of the skirt

Back of the dress

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