American Girl Doll Drawstring Raglan Summer Dress
Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern
For this knitted summer dress, I wanted to see if I could knit an entire dress seamlessly, as one piece. I did it!
The dress is knitted from the neck down. It features raglan-style shoulders. To add shape to the dress at the neck and waist, I used 2x2 ribbing. Without it, the dress ends up looking a little sack-like :)
I chose a self-striping yarn with short color repeats, and I think this was a good choice. You could probably use a solid color if this dress is going to be part of an outfit, but for a stand-alone dress, a multi-hued yarn is best, I think.
Jo-Ann Sensations Breeze sport weight yarn 595 yards (544 meters) / 170 grams (6.00 ounces) color 27 purple lime - 0.3 skein
Needles: circular US #2 (2.25 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge: 22 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)
All rounds knit
All rounds *k2, p2 repeat from * to the end of the round
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat from round 1
The dress is worked from top to bottom in rounds without seams.
Cast on 66 sts, join and continue to work in rounds, place a marker at the beginning of the round.
Rounds 1-2: knit
Round 3: * k2tog, yo, repeat from * to the end of the round
Round 4: knit
Round 5: knit and divide the work by placing markers at the following points:
- k20, k1 - place the marker at this stitch, these are back stitches;
- k11, k1 - place the marker at this stitch, these are left sleeve stitches;
- k20, k1 - place the marker at this stitch, these are front stitches;
- k11, k1 - place the marker at this stitch, these are right sleeve stitches; you'll have the marker for the beginning of the round here, so be sure to use a marker of a different color or shape.
Round 6 and even rounds 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22: make yo before and after each marker, thus increasing the number of stitches by 8 in each round.
Work 23 rounds.
Round 24: transfer the sleeve stitches (29 sts on each sleeve between the raglan sts) on a piece of yarn.
knit 40 sts of the back (38 sts of the back + 2 raglan sts) and 40 sts of the front (38 sts of the front + 2 raglan sts)
Rounds 25-26: knit
Rounds 27-40: work 2x2 ribbing: *k2, p2 - repeat from * to the end of the round
Round 42: *kb&fr (increase: knit into back then front of the st.) - twice, k2 - repeat from * to the end of the round
Rounds 43-69: knit
Rounds 70-75: work the garter stitch
Transfer the sleeve stitches to the needles and bind off.
Insert a piece of yarn, a cord or a ribbon into the eyelets along the neck line.
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September 14, 2015
Confused by the gauge - i needed #10 needles to get 22 stitches to 4 inches, and the dress was way too big. Is the correct gauge 22 stitches for 4 inches?
March 26, 2013
I use 32" needles and "magic loop" method. Another option is to use double-pointed needles.
March 27, 2013
I did find 8" length circular needles in a local yarn shop but since it was a high end shop they wanted $18.95 for the needles and I probably won't use them again. Tried double point, didn't work well. I'd like to make this dress, but can't figure out how - I could try to just follow the directions but not knit in the rounds. ??
Thanks! What's the magic loop method?
June 11, 2014
The best advice, in terms of magic loop, is to search it on you tube. That way you will get a first hand demo of it. The method is quite ingenious and fairly easy.
May 23, 2015
Try amazon 9" circular knitting needles they still around $10 but thats a lot cheaper than $19
January 21, 2014
I am confused by the yo's do you knit into the front or the back of them they just seem really loose and don't look right
January 16, 2014
What happens in row 41?
August 15, 2013
What size doll will this fit
March 26, 2013
I tried doing this on circular needles - I used a 16" length which is the shortest one you can buy in circular needles, but casting on 66 I can't join to even start the first row. Any further instructions or help?
August 22, 2016
I am using 9" circular needles I bought online that are working well,but I am wondering what happened to row 41? After 40 do we just do 42? Anyone have suggestions there?
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