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American Girl Doll Cable Aran Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Sweater Knitting Pattern

Materials: Bernat Satin 100% acrylic yarn worsted weight, color - Sable, 149 m (163 yds)/100 g - 1 skein.


Cable needle, 4 small sew-on snaps.

Gauge for stockinette:16 st x 22 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)


RS = right side

WS = wrong side

k = knit

p = purl

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together

p2tog = purl 2 stitches together

m1 - 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 as a regular stitch.


1x1 Rib:
Row 1 (RS): k 1, p 1

Row 2: p 1, k 1

Repeat 2 rows

Reverse Stockinette:
Row 1 (RS) and all odd rows: purl
Row 2 (WS) and all even rows : knit

Cable on 2 sts:
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: knit.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: slip the first stitch purlwise on a cable needle and hold behind the work, knit the second stitch; return the first stitch to the left needle and knit it.
Row 6: purl.
Repeat rows 1-6.

Cable on 4 sts:
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: knit.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: slip the first 2 stitches purlwise on a cable needle and hold in front of the work, knit the next 2 stitches; return the stitches from the cable needle to the left needle and knitthem.
Row 6: purl.
Repeat rows 1-6.

Selvege (or edge) stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch in a row, purl the last one.


Sweater is worked in parts, which are then sewed together.

Cast on 34 sts.
Work 1x1 rib for 4 rows.
Row 5 (RS): k 1(edge s)t, p 9 (reverse stockinette), k 4 (cable on 4 sts), p 2 (reverse stockinette) , k 2 (cable on 2 sts), p 2 (reverse stockinette), k 4 (cable on 4 sts), p 10 (reverse stockinette and 1 edge st. Work as established for 30 rows (rows 5-34).
Row 35 (RS): k1, p 9, cable 4 sts, cast off the next 6 sts, cable 4 sts, p 10. Continiue working the left and right parts of the front separately. from 2 balls of yarn.

Row 36 (WS): k 10, p 1 , p2tog, p1 from the first ball of yarn. continue the left side from the second ball of yarn: k 1, p2tog, p 1, k 9, p 1.

Row 37: k 1, p 9, k2 tog, p 1 from one ball of yarn; k 1, k2tog, p 9, k 1 from another ball of yarn.
Work 3 rows (rows 38-40) as established 12 sts in each part. Cast off.

Cast on 34 sts .
Work 1x1 rib for 4 rows.
Row 5 (RS): k 1 (edge st), p 9 (reverse stockinette), k 4 (cable on 4 sts), p 6 (reverse stockinette), k 4 (cable on 4 sts), p 9 (reverse stockinette), p 1 (edge st.) Work for 10 rows (rows 5-14) as established.
In row 15 divide the stitches into 2 parts and work each part separately from 2 balls of yarn: k 1, p 9, cable 4, p 3; attach the second ball of yarn and continue to work from it: k 1, p 2, cable 4m p 10.
work as established 22 rows from 2 balls of yarn.

Row 36 (WS) : k 10, p 4, k2, p 1 from one ball of yarn; bind off 5 sts, p 2, k 9, p 1 from the second ball of yarn.
Row 37: work 12 sts from one ball of yarn as established; cast off 5 stitches on the other side, work the remaining sts as established from the other ball of yarn.
Work 3 more rows (38-40) on 12 sts in each part as established. Cast off.

Cast on 20 sts.
work 1x1 rib for 4 rows

Row 5: k 1 (edge st) , p 8 (reverse stockinette), k 2(cable on 2 sts), p 8 (reverse stockinette), p 1 (edge st.)
work 18 rows as established. In rows 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 make 1 st (m1) on both sides after and before the edge sts, to get 32 sts.
Cast off.

Join shoulder seams.
Pick up 42 sts along the neckline and work 10 rows of 1 x 1 rib for the collar. Cast off.
Join side seams and sleeve seams. Set in sleeves.
Sew 4 sew-on snaps to the back opening.


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Poster: grandma
October 9, 2016

I know how to do a cable with 4 stitches but cable 2 says to put 2 stitches at the back as well. How do I do this cable? Thanks.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 22, 2013

The stitch count of the 5th row is 34.

Edge stitches
The 1st and last stitch of the row are the edge stitches. To make the edges of your work even and smooth 2 more stitches (edge stitches) are added. You should always slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch. The edge stitches are not counted in the pattern unless otherwise specified.
Poster: Karen
April 4, 2016

Many thank for the pattern. This was just what I needed for my grand daughter's rag doll.
Poster: Mary Lou Ekstrom
August 27, 2013

What does it mean row 5 has cable stitches - cable 2 says (cable 2 back) cable 4 also says (cable 2 back) Are there ever any cable front stitches?
Poster: Mary Lou Ekstrom
August 24, 2013

I, too, am confused. when you say cast on 34 stitches, do you actually cast on 36 stitches? I am also confused by the cable - there is no cable front, how do you get the cable stitch that shows in the pattern?
Poster: Noreen Kilpatrick
August 14, 2013

What does it mean on row 35 front "cast off two stitches BOTH SIDES... ". Both sides of what?
Poster: Granny Soo
February 2, 2013

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your lovely patterns. I am hoping to knit youir entire wardrobe for a doll who resides at an old people's home where my mother in law lives.Most of the residents have dementia, and some revert to playing, or "mothering" dolls and other toys, so your designs will be most appreciated.Thank you again :-)
Poster: J. Wilkins
January 18, 2013

What is an "edge" stitch? It states to cast on 34 sts. In the 5th row, the stitch count adds up to 36 sts? Plus the 2 "edge" stitches, whatever that means. Thanks for help.

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