Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern
All kinds of fancy doll outfits are well and good, but sometimes you're just looking for a simple workaday garment that you can knit quickly and then decorate to taste. This is my offering.
This dress is knitted seamlessly from the top down, using primarily stockinette stitch. The sleeves feature raglan construction. As an accent, I added 3 colored bands to the hem using reverse stockinette stitch. This gives them something of a 3-D look and also contributes to shaping the skirt. You can omit them altogether, or just knit them in the same yarn as the rest of the dress if you would like them to stand out less.
I used crochet to make the button band at the back of the dress, just because this method is the easiest for me. There are different ways to do this, however, so feel free to use your favorite!
The Girl's Old-Time Raglan Banded Dress is a matching dress for the girl who happens to own the doll.
Needles: #7 (4.50 mm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Hook: F (3.75 mm)
Gauge for stockinette stitch: 18 st x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm).
Stockinette Stitch in rows:
1st row and all odd rows - knit sts
2nd row and all even rows - purl sts
In rounds: all rows - knit
Garter Stitch in rounds:
1st round - knit
2nd round - purl
Repeat rounds 1&2
The dress is worked from the top to the bottom back and forth and in rounds without seams.
With yarn A cast on 26 sts and purl 1 row.
Divide stitches as follows: 1 edge st, 3 st (right back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 4 sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 6 sts (front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 4 sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 3 sts (left back), 1 edge st.
Work stockinette st pattern for 18 rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows: M1, k1, M1 at the raglan st.
Divide for sleeves
Row 19: Work right back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 sts with single cast on, work front sts, transfer left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 3 sts with single cast on and work left back stitches.
Continue to work bodice back and forth for 12 more rows, then join and continue to work in rounds.
At the same time place 6 markers as follows: 1st marker in the middle of the right back sts, 2nd marker at the 2nd right underarm st, 3rd marker between 1/3 and 2/3 of the front, 4th marker between 2/3 and 3/3 of the front, 5th market at the 2ns left undearm st, 6th marker in the middle of left back sts. Make 6 increases per row (round) in the every 6th row (round) 4 times (24 rows/rounds).
Round 25 (of the bodice): change to yarn B, knit
Rounds 26-27: purl
Rounds 28-30: change to yarn A, knit.
Repeat rounds 25-30 2 times, with yarns C and D.
Work Garter St for 4 rounds. Bind off
Sleeves are worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 3 sts over the 3 underarm sts. Work stockinette st for 6 rounds. Bind off
Crochet 1 row of sc along the center of the left back making buttonholes as follows: *ch 2, skip 2st, sc 2*
Sew on 10 buttons.