American Girl Doll Southern Belle Dress

American Girl Doll Southern Belle Dress
Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

If you're like me, you couldn't resist snagging some flounce yarn for your stash, the last time it went on sale. Because surely it'll come in useful some time? :)

If you're also like me, you've discovered that there aren't that many patterns calling for flounce yarn out there. Fortunately, one of the perks of being a designer is that when there aren't patterns, you can make patterns. The result is this Southern Belle Dress.

This is a true-blue ball dress, wide, sweeping and many-layered that your doll can wear to the most elaborate of social occasions.

The dress is knitted from the top down in rows with a rear seam. You can knit it in rounds as well, but the seam lets you hide the ends of the frills neatly, and so for this particular pattern, the seamed construction is a better choice. The frills are formed of flounce yarn, and they are knitted into the dress as-you-knit. I've prepared a video explaining how to do this.

In order to create that ever-fashionable wasp-waist, the middle of the dress is pulled in with ribbing. The dress has a rear opening which is closed with snaps.

Materials:

  • Caron Simply Soft Party aran weight yarn, 164 yards (150 meters) / 85 gr, color Spring Sparkle - 2 balls. (A)
  • Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins, aran weight mesh/net ribbon yarn, 20 yards (18 meters) / 100 gr, color Champagne -  1 ball (B)
  • 7 plastic snaps.


Needles: circular 24" US 8 (5.0 mm)

Hook: G (4.00 mm)

Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4"x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch

Patterns:

Stockinette:
Row 1 (RS) knit
Row 2 (WS) purl

Garter Stitch:
All rows knit.

Directions

The dress is worked from bottom up in one piece back and forth with crochet finish at neckline, armholes and button tape. Flounces are worked into the skirt as-you-knit.

Skirt:

1. With yarn A cast on 160 sts.

2. Work the first 4 rows in garter stitch. The rest of the dress is worked in stockinette st.

3. Work the next 10 rows with A in stockinette.

4. Knit the next row with both A and B yarns to form a frill (see video).


5. Work the next 3 rows with A.

6. Knit the next row with both yarns.

7. Work the next 5 rows with A.

8. Work the next row with A as follows: *k8, k2tog  repeat from * 20 times = 140 sts

9. Work the next 3 rows with A in stockinette.

10. Knit the next row with both yarns.

11. Work the next 3 rows with A.

12. Knit the next row with both yarns.

13. Work the next 9 rows with A.

14. Knit the next row with both yarns.

15. Work the next 3 rows with A.

16. Knit the next row with both yarns. You now have 6 rows of frills.

17. Work the next 11 rows with A.

18. Work the next row with A as follows: *k2tog repeat from * across the row = 70 sts. Purl the next row.

19. Work the next row with A as follows: *k2tog repeat from * across the row = 35 sts.
 

 

Bodice:

With yarn A work 13 rows in stockinette.

In the next row divide the stitches for front and back: knit 9, bind off 2, k 15, bind off 2, k 9. Work the front and 2 halves of the back separately from 3 balls of yarn.

Work 7 rows.

Next row: k9, using single cast on, method cast on 3, k15, cast on 3, k9; turn and purl 39 sts.

Knit the next row with both yarns.

Work the next 3 rows with A. Bind off.
 

 

Finishing:

Sew the back seam of the skirt from the hem about 5". Tuck the edges of yarn B into the seam as you work.

With the crochet hook, work 3 rows of sc around the armholes. Work 2 rows of sc along the two halves of the back to make a button tape and around the neckline.

Weave in the ends of the yarn.

Sew 7 plastic snaps to the button tape.