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American Girl Doll Lacy Bolero

American Girl Doll Lacy Bolero
Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), slip-slip-knit (ssk)

-Basic chrocheting: chain (ch), single crochet stitch (sc), double crochet stitch (dc), slip stitch (

Materials: Bernat (affiliate link) Baby Sport yarn. You need about 50 gr

Crochet hook: 2.75 mm

Gauge: 20st x 28rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)


K – knit

P – purl

St, sts – stitch, stitches

co – cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

sc - single crochet

dc - double crochet

ch - chain

sl st - slip stitch

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch
Row 1 (RS and all RS rows): knit
Row 2 (WS and all WS rows): purl

Repeat 2 rows.

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


Cast on 30 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k29, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, p29.

Repeat rows 1-2 ten more times, 22 rows in all. Bind off.

Right Front

Cast on 15 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K14, p1. (15 sts)

Row 2 and all WS rows: k1, purl to the end of the row.

Repeat rows 1-2 one more time.

Row 5 (RS): K1, ssk, k11, p1. (14 sts)

Row 7 (RS): K1, ssk, k10, p1. (13 sts)

Row 9 (RS): K1, ssk, k9, p1. (12 sts)

Row 11 (RS): K1, ssk, k8, p1. (11 sts)

Row 13 (RS): K1, ssk, k7, p1. (10 sts)

Row 15 (RS): K1, ssk, k6, p1. (9 sts)

Row 17 (RS): K8, p1.

Row 18 (WS): k1, p8.

Repeat rows 17-18 seven more times. Bind off off after row 32.

Left Front

Row 1 (RS): K14, p1. (15 sts)

Row 2 and all WS rows: k1, purl to the end of the row.

Repeat rows 1-2 one more time.

Row 5 (RS): K12, k2tog, p1. (14 sts)

Row 7 (RS): K11, k2tog, p1. (13 sts)

Row 9 (RS): K10, k2tog, p1. (12 sts)

Row 11)RS): K9, k2tog, p1. (11 sts)

Row 13(RS): K8, k2tog, p1. (10 sts)

Row 15(RS): K7, k2tog, p1. (9 sts)

Row 17(RS): K8, p1.

Row 18 (WS): k1, p8.

Repeat rows 17-18 even more times. Bind off off after row 32.


Sew shoulder seams. Please note that shoulder seams are slanted backwards.

Fold the piece in half and align sides. Sew the sides together from hem up 2".

Crocheted Arm Bands

Tie yarn underarm, start the band here.

Round 1: work sc in each edge st around. Join with
Round 2: ch3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *skip 1 sc, 1 dc in the next sc, ch 1 - repeat from * around. Join with sl. st. Tie off.

Crochet Ruffle:
The ruffle around the neckline, front edges and hem is worked in the round. With RS facing, attach thread approximately iin the central stitch on the neckline on the back of the piece.

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1 sc), work sc in each edge st: along the neckline, down along the left front, work 2sc in the corner for turn, along the bottom, work 2 sc in the corner for turn, up along the right front and again along the neckline till the center of the back, join with

Round 2: ch 6 (counts as 1 sc and ch5), skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, *ch 5, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc -repeat from * to the end of the round.

Round 3: *ch 5, 1 sc under the ch-5-space , repeat from * to the end of the round.

Round 4: *5 dc in the sc, ch 1, repeat from * to the end of the round. Tie off.


Weave in yarn ends.


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There are 6 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Barbara
May 28, 2012

I was doing well until the last row of the arm band. How do you do a double crochet, then you skip a loop, and there you say chain one, do you mean sc one?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
May 29, 2012

You work the arm bands as follows: *dc, ch 1, skip 1 st* repeat to the end of the round.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
February 26, 2012

I tend to knit very loose, besides knitting in a continental style, which gives a much looser knit. That is why I usually use needles that are 2-3 sizes smaller than recommended by the yarn manufacturer. Either way, I always mention in the instructions that you should use the needle size necessary to obtain gauge. This doll has rather "beefy" shoulders and because of that I usually make the front longer than the back. I hope that helps.
Poster: Judy
May 15, 2014

I am not a knitter, and am learning to crochet clothes, (have always just crocheted afghans only) and am going to try to figure out a pattern for this in crochet (for the body of the pattern), and then add the rest. Do you crochet too or just knit? any suggestions ? Judy Kelly-Miller on f.b.
Poster: Jeane
June 12, 2015

I have made this bolero several times following exactly your instructions and using fingering wool. They turned out perfect and I am a beginner knitter. Thanks for the beautiful pattern.
Poster: Jill
February 25, 2012

Not sure about this pattern. First of all, the pattern calls for Fingering Weight yarn and a size 1 needle. It then goes on to say that the gauge is 19 sts to 4inches. Really????? I have been knitting for over 40 years and NEVER have come up with 19 sts to 4 inches with fingering weight yarn! I also found that the fronts should be knit to row 22 as the back is. I would love to rewrite! I made this Bolero up, and it is cute, but with a size 7 needle and worsted weight yarn to get the gauge to work out. I worry about the beginner knitter who thinks she can tackle this yet wonders why the 30 st back is only 2 inches across and can't figure our why.

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