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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.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing, decreasing
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches
-crocheting

Materials: Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic aran weight, color Blue, 333 m (364 yds)/198 g - 1 skein.
Fun Fur by Lion Brand (100% polyester), 64 yards (59 meters)/ 50 gr, color White – 1 skein.

Needles: 9 (5.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 16 st x 27 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) in garter st.

Notions: yarn needle, either Crochet hook H (5 mm) or circular needles and dpn, 2-3 metal sew-on snaps (size 3-4)

Abbreviations:
dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
sl 1 – slip one
co – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
k2 tog – knit 2 together
ssk – slip, slip, knit


Pattern Notes:

Garter Stitch
All rows knit

Edge/selvege sts: slip the first st knitwise, purl the last st in a row.


Coat

Back

Cast on 30 sts

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k28, p1. (= 30 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, k28, p1.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 ten more times.

Row 23 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, ssk, k24, k2tog, p1. (= 28 sts)

Row 24 (WS): Sl 1, k26, p1.

Repeat row 24 four more times.

Row 29 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k7, ssk, k8, k2tog, k7, p1. (= 26 sts)

Row 30 (WS): Sl 1, k24, p1.

Repeat row 30 four more times.

Row 35 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k6, ssk, k8, k2tog, k6, p1. (= 24 sts)

Row 36 (WS): Sl wyif, k22, p1.

Repeat row 36 four more times.


Armhole Shaping

Row 41 (RS, decrease row): Bind off 3 sts (one st is left on the right needle), k19, p1. (= 21 sts)

Row 42 (WS, decrease row): Bind off 3 sts (one st is left on the right needle), k16, p1. ( =18 sts)

Row 43 (RS): Sl, k16, p1.

Repeat row 43 fifteen more times.

Bind off.


Right Front

Cast on 17 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k15, p1. (= 17 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, k15, p1.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 ten more times.

Row 23 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k13, k2tog, p1. (= 16 sts)

Row 24 (WS): Sl 1, k14, p1.

Repeat row 24 four more times.

Row 29 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k5, k2tog, k7, p1. (= 15 sts)

Row 30 (WS): Sl 1, k13, p1.

Repeat row 30 four more times

Row 35 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k5, k2tog, k6, p1. (= 14 sts)

Row 36: Sl 1, k12, p1.

Repeat row 36 five more times.


Armhole Shaping

Row 42 (WS): Bind off 3 sts (one st remains on the right needle), k9, p1. (= 11 sts)

Row 43 (RS): Sl 1, k9, p1.

Repeat row 43 nine more times.


Neckline Shaping

Row 53 (RS): Bind off 4 sts (one st. remains on the right needle), k5, p1. (=7 sts)

Row 54 (WS): Sl 1, k5, p1.

Repeat row 54 ten more times. Bind off.


Left Front

Cast on 17 sts

Row 1 (RS): Sl, k15, p1. (= 17 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, k15, p1.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 ten more times.

Row 23 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, ssk, k13, p1. (= 16 sts)

Row 24: Sl 1, k14, p1.

Repeat row 24 four more times.

Row 29 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k7, ssk, k5, p1. (= 15 sts)

Row 30: Sl 1, k13, p1.

Repeat row 30 four more times.

Row 35 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, k6, ssk, k5, p1. (= 14 sts)

Row 36: Sl 1, k12, p1.

Repeat row 36 four times.


Armhole Shaping

Row 41 (RS, decrease row): Bind off 3 sts (one st. remains on the right needle), k9, p1. (= 11 sts)

Row 42: Sl 1, k9, p1.

Repeat row 42 ten more times.


Neckline Shaping

Row 52: Bind off 4 sts (one st remains on the right needle), k5, p1. (= 7 sts)

Row 53: Sl, k5, p1.

Repeat rows 53 eleven more times.


Sleeve

Cast on 20 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k18, p1. (=20 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, k18, p1.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 ten more times.


Sleeve Cap

Row 23 (RS, decrease row): Bind off 3 sts (one st. remains on the right needle), k15, p1. (=17 sts)

Row 24 (WS, decrease row): Bind off 3 sts (one st. remains on the right needle), k12, p1. (=14 sts)

Row 25 (RS): Sl 1, k12, p1.

Repeat row 25 four more times.

Row 29 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1. (=12 sts)

Rows 30-32: Sl 1, k10, p1.

Row 33 (RS, decrease row): Sl 1, ssk, k6, k2tog, p1. (=10 sts)

Row 34 (WS): Sl 1, k8, p1.

Row 35 (RS, decrease row): Sl, ssk, k4, k2tog, p1. (= 8 sts)

Rows 36-37: Sl 1, k6, p1.

Bind off. Cut yarn.


Finishing

Join shoulder seams. Set in sleeves and join side seams. Weave in all yarn ends. Sew on 2-3 metal snaps.

Starting from the center of the back neckline, attach Fan Fur yarn and work 2-3 rows of single crochet around all edges – neckline, front edges, hem.

If you don't crochet, you can achieve a similar look by picking up the sts along the edges of the garment and knitting 2-3 rows of garter stitch.

In the same way trim the sleeve edges.

Enjoy!

Pattern was updated on September 15, 2018.

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.
Janet
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
Thanks
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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