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Faux Fur Trimmed Coat for American Girl Doll

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Knitting Pattern

The fur-trimmed coat is a classic winter staple that can match a variety of doll outfits, whether you're going for a modern look or trying to imitate a more historic style.

The coat is knitted with garter stitch. The back, right front, left front and sleeves are each knitted separately from the top down. They are joined after. The center fronts, hem and sleeve edges are finished with Faux Fur yarn using crochet. If you prefer a knit finish, I explain how to do this in the Finishing section. Crochet has just always seemed easier to me.

The pattern for the matching hat is also available.


Crochet hook 1 (2.75 mm)

Gauge: 16 st x 20 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Garter Stitch
all rows - knit sts

Cast on 38 sts (including edge stitches).

Knit 8 rows.

In the 9th row decrease 1 sts at the beginning and at the end of the row.

Knit 6 rows. (total = 14)

In the 15th row decrease 2 sts, one after 12th and one st after 24th st.

Knit 5 rows. (total = 20)

In row 21, decrease 1 st at the beginning and at the end of the row.

Knit 5 rows. (total = 26)

In row 27, decrease 1st after the 12th st and 1 st after the 24th st.

Knit 21 rows. (total = 48)

For arm holes: in row 49, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row; cast off another 2 sts at the beginning of row 50.

Knit 22 rows. Total is 70 rows. Cast off.

Right Front
Cast on 22 sts (including edge stitches).

Knit garter stitch 48 rows decreasing in each 6th row alternatively 1 sts at the beginning of the row or in the middle of the row after 10th st.

Cast off 3 sts at the beginning of the 50th row.

Knit 19 rows.

To shape neck hole line: in the 69th row, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row; in the 71th row, cast off 1 st also at the beginning of the row.

Continue to work garter stitch for 11 rows. Total 82 rows. Cast off remaining stitches.

Please note that the fronts are longer than the back and the shoulder seams will be shifted to the back.

Left Front
Knit as right front.

Cast on 26 sts (including edge stitches).

Knit garter stitch for 28 rows decreasing 1 st on both sides in the 5th and the 7th rows.

To shape arm hole line: in the 29th row, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row; another 2 sts at the beginning of the 30th row; and in the 31st row, 1 st on each side.

Knit 20 rows.

To shape the head of the sleeve: from the 49th row, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of the row; cast off another 2 sts at the beginning of the 50th row; and 1 st at the beginning and end of the 51st row.

Knit 2 more rows. Total 54 rows. Cast off remaining stitches.

Join shoulder seams.

Set in sleeves and join side seams.

With white Fan Fur yarn trim the center sides of the front, neck line and hem edge with 3 rows of single crochet. If you don't crochet, you can achieve a similar look by picking up the sts along the edges of the garment and knitting 4 rows of garter st.

Sew 3 hooks and loops.



If you are budgeting your monthly expenses and most of your money is set aside to pay bills, you may be looking for inexpensive activities.  Learning to crochet can be a very fulfilling hobby that will barely affect your finances because the cost of yarn is very low.  Crocheting can also help you save more money on gift expenses.  This doll coat, for example, would make a perfect child's birthday present which will certainly help with your budgeting.


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Poster: janet
September 30, 2012

Re-read the direction- it says 48 ROWS, not sts! the pattern decreases to shape the back into the shoulder area and works out perfectly.
Poster: Vicki Meldrum
October 1, 2012

It does not mention 48 stitches. The 48 is the row count at that point.
Poster: GG
November 13, 2012

I see how this is confusing. I interpret it to mean after decreasing continue to knit until you've established 48 rows.
Poster: LOUANN
October 13, 2012

Has anyone successfully made this coat following the pattern as it is written? I am not an excellent knitter, and I won't be able to figure it out if there are errors in the pattern. I really want to knit it for my grandgirls. Lu
Poster: cynthia
December 10, 2013

I finished this with difficulty - I found I had to re-read the words many times to understand. It would be helpful if there were stitch counts after the dec. The fuzzy stuff is crocheted, I think you could adapt by casting on w/fuzzy then changing to the yarn. Or pick up & knit. I did only one round of single crochet. it's done!
Poster: Aileen
May 1, 2014

Please help how to do rows 15& 21 just can't get it . I have re read this too many times
Poster: Elaine Phillips
November 7, 2012

You can pick up stitches along the edge and work 2-3 rows of garter stitch instead of crocheting.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 13, 2013

That line means to continue to knit without any decreases.
Poster: Mary
February 13, 2013

Thank you! I eventually figured it out and the coat is adorable - my niece will love. Already gave her the matching had and she was delighted.! :)
Poster: Kathleen
August 11, 2013

Hi Marian,
I've tried to look up the conversion to overseas yarns. It was very confusing.
The yarn suggested is a US #3 weight. According to the packaging, knitted on 4 mm needles, 22 stitches for 28 rows should give you a 10x10 cm square.
I hope this helps.
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