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American Girl Doll Knitted Top

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Top Knitting Pattern

This seamless top is worked top-down back-and-forth with short raglan sleeves and button band on the back.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

Materials: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g – 1 ball

Needles: US #1.5 (2.50 mm) circular OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge in stockinette st: 30 sts x 40 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

5 sew-on metal/or plastic snaps, size 2/0
4 stitch markers
yarn/tapestry needle
Sewing needle and thread of color matching the yarn for attaching the snaps

K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts – stitches
co – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
m 1 - make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit it as a regular stitch.
bb – button band

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch:
Row 1 (RS) - knit
Row 2 (WS) - purl
Repeat 2 rows

Garter stitch:
All rows knit

The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last one.

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every right side (RS) row.

Button Band (bb) is worked in garter stitch on 3 stitches in the beginning and in the end of each row.


The top is worked top-down back-and-forth with short raglan sleeves and button band on the back.

Cast on 52 sts. These include: 1 edge - 3 button band - 4 right back - 1 raglan - 10 right sleeve - 1 raglan - 12 front - 1 raglan - 10 left sleeve - 1 raglan - 4 left back - 3 button band - 1 edge. (=52 sts)

You might find helpful to place a stitch-marker before each raglan stitch and slip them while working.

Row 1 (RS): sl 1, k50, p1.

Row 2 (WS): sl 1, k3, p44, k3, p1.

Row 3 and all RS rows: sl 1, knit all sts till the first raglan st /marker, m1, slip the marker, k1 (raglan st), m1, knit all sts till the second raglan st/ marker, m1, slip the marker, k1 (raglan st), m1, knit all sts till the third raglan st/marker, m1, slip the marker, k1 (raglan st), m1, knit all sts till the forth raglan st/marker, m1, slip the marker, k1 (raglan st), m1, knit all sts to the last st, p1.

In every RS row the number of sts will increase by 8:

Row 3: 52+8=60 sts
Row 5: 60+8=68 sts
Row 7: 68+8=76 sts
Row 9: 76+8=84 sts
Row 11: 84+8=92 sts
Row 13: 92+8=100 sts
Row 15: 100+8=108 sts
Row 17: 108+8=116 sts
Row 19: 116+8=124 sts
Row 21: 124+8=132 sts
Row 23: 132+8=140 sts
Row 25: 140+8=148 sts
Row 27: 148+8=156 sts

Row 4 and all WS rows through row 26: sl1, k3, purl all sts to the last 4 sts, slipping the markers, k3, p1.

Work 27 rows.

Row 28 (WS): sl1, k3, p18, k36, p40, k36, p18, k3, p1.

Row 29 (RS): as row 3. (=164 sts)

Row 30 (WS): sl1, k3, p19, k38, p42, k38, p19, k3, p1. Remove markers.

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 31 (RS): sl 1, k 22, bind off 38, k42, bind off 38, k22, p1. (=88 sts)

Row 32 (WS): sl1, k3, p19, co1, p42, co1, p19, k3, p1. (=90 sts)

Row 33 (RS): sl1, k88, p1.

Row 34 (WS): sl 1, p89

Repeat rows 33-34 four more times.

Work 6 more rows in garter stitch, all rows: sl 1, k 88, p1. Bind off. Cut yarn.


Weave in yarn ends. Sew on 5 snaps on the button band.


Pattern was updated on August 28, 2018.

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There are 5 total comments on this article.

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Poster: debbie black
August 14, 2019

Regarding the written instructions about the placement of markers. Most patterns tell you to put thee markers in as you go along rather than suggestion afterwards that it might be better if you were to put markers before the raglan stitch . For new knitters it would make it a lot easier .
Poster: Trudy Gruenhagen
September 17, 2014

I also would like to know what "row 3" the directions refer to.
Poster: alex
December 20, 2014

The finishing rows are crochet. 3dc three double crochet cluster stitch. It leaves you with the button hole.
Poster: Michelle
October 28, 2013

I am confused at Row 3 of finishing the edges...
Poster: Roylene
September 9, 2013

It says to leave a 3" opening for the arm holes but am confused if the shirt is a total of 4" I don't see that being right so will adjust I really like the shirt easy to follow pattern

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