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American Girl Doll Suit with Godet Skirt

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Free Doll Suit Knitting Pattern

The inspiration for this business-casual outfit started with the skirt. I came across a picture of a skirt featuring godets in contrasting colors, which looked very interesting. Since I've been working with short rows recently, I immediately thought of this knitting technique for shaping the godets.

After I had the skirt, I decided I would make the rest of the outfit in a more formal style. Actually, the skirt itself is very universal: it can be part of a suit, as here, or your doll can wear around town or even to the beach with a more casual top. This jacket, however, is definitely more business-like.

The skirt is knitted sideways, in 2 colors, with short row shaping of the color bands. It is then joined at the back.

The back and front of the jacket are worked back-and-forth as one piece up to the armholes, the front and back are knitted separately. The sleeves are also worked separately and set-in to the jacket.

Below is a video explaining how to do short rows, if you are unfamiliar with this technique.

Materials: 100% wool yarn worsted weight, color - blue, 100 m (103 yds) 50 g - 1 skein (A) , color - white (B) 1 skein

Needles:
4 (3.50 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Crochet hook:
1 (2.75mm)

Gauge:18 st x 22 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

Pattern:

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

Wrap and turn in the short rows:
With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle
Move yarn between the needles to the back
Slip the stitch back to the left needle

Skirt:

Skirt is worked sideways and shaped with short rows.

Cast on 30 sts with blue yarn.

Rows 1-4: stocking stitch.

Row 5: change to white yarn and work stocking stitch to the end of the row.

Short Rows Godet:

Turn the work and bring yarn back to the wrong side between the needles

All the short rows worked with yarn B

Short row 1 (wrong side): p 4, wrap, turn.

Short row 2 (right side): k 4.

Short row 3: p 8, wrap, turn.

Short row 4: k 8.

Short row 5: p 12, wrap, turn.

Short row 6: k 12.

Short row 7: p 16, wrap, turn.

Short row 8: k 16.

Short row 9: p 12, wrap, turn.

Short row 10: k 12.

Short row 11: p 8, wrap, turn.

Short row 12: k 8.

Short row 13: p 4, wrap, turn.

Short row 14: k 4.

Row 6: p 30.

Rows 7-10: with blue yarn work stocking stitch.

Repeat rows 1-10 7 times more. Cast off.

Finishing:
Join the back seam.
Fold the waist line about 1/2" back and slipstitch to the skirt. Insert elastic band.

Jacket:

The back and front of the jacket are worked as one piece up to the armholes, then the front and back knitted separately.

Cast on 58 sts with blue yarn.

Rows 1-15: stocking stitch.

Row 16: p 12, cast off 4, p 25, cast off 4, p12

Left Front:

Rows 17-24: stocking st

Row 24: cast off 4 sts at the beginning of the row.

Rows 25-27: stocking st.

Cast off.

Right Front:

Rows 17-23: stocking st

Row 23: cast off 4 sts at the beginning of the row.

Rows 24-27: stocking st.

Cast off.

Back:
Rows 17-27: stocking st.
Cast off.

Sleeve:

Cast on 25 sts with blue yarn.

Rows 1-14: stocking stitch.

Row 15: cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row.

Row 16: cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row.

Row 17: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 18: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 19: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 20: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 21: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 22: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 23: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 24: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 25: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Row 26: cast off 1 st at the beginning of the row.

Cast off.

Finishing:

Join the shoulder seams.

With white yarn crochet 3 rows of single crochet around the hem, front and neck. In the second row make 4 buttonholes on the right front.

Join the sleeve seams. Set in the sleeves.

With white yarn crochet 3 rows of single crochet around the sleeve edge.

Sew on 4 buttons.

Enjoy!



Comments

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Poster: dawn odes
July 16, 2014

I love all the patterns shown here for the 18inch dolls, but when I press the printable version I do not see anyhere to activate the printer. Please can someone help me.
Poster: Kathryn Davis
December 6, 2015

I hit control P and it brings up the printer.
Poster: Elaine
March 13, 2012

You're more than welcome to use the pattern to make items for gifts or for sale. You don't have to give me credit unless someone else is interested in the pattern. In that case, I would really appreciate if you pointed them to this website.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
June 11, 2013

The skirt is worked sideways and shaped with short rows.
Poster: Shannon
April 25, 2014

On the jacket: One side states to cast off 4 stitches on row 24 while the other side says to cast off 4 stitches on row 23. Is that correct?
Poster: Cheryl McClelland
June 1, 2013

Hello, I agree with comment #4. I think ABC patterns are the greatest, but I can't figure out what to do with the Godet Skirt. I'm not a beginner. I have been knitting for 57 years. Is it made side to side? Please help me to understand this pattern.
Thank you, Cheryl
Poster: Carol Stoxen
November 27, 2012

I am knitting the American Girl Doll Suit with Godet Skirt. It dosn't say how many times to repeat the short rows Godet and I don't understant about repeat rows 1-10 7 times more. Am I missing some of the pattern or just not understanding. I'm doint the cape and get that pattern but I am missing something on this one. Could you help me? Thanks
Poster: Cassie
October 8, 2012

Thank you so much!!! I was searching all over the internet for a doll coat pattern for my bissness (I don't know how to spell that) that wasn't garter stitch.
Poster: Candie Petrolli
March 13, 2012

I am making some of your patterns for a party my girls are having for some of their friends and their AG dolls. I have been spending lots of time in waiting rooms and people ask me how much I would charge to make clothes for them. This happens often. What would I need to do so that I can make clothes for others while still giving you credit for the pattern?

More Information

Back of the suit

Close up of the jacket.

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