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American Girl Doll Cable Aran Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Sweater Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

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

-Working cables

-Picking up stitches

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

Notions: yarn needle, cable needle, 4 small sew-on snaps.

Needles: US#4 (3.50 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

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

Abbreviations:

RS - right side

WS - wrong side

k -knit

p - purl

k2tog - knit 2 stitches together

p2tog - purl 2 stitches together

st, sts - stitch, stitches

co - cast on

2/2LC - four-stitch cable

1/1LC - two-stitch cable

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.

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Rib (multiple of 2 +1):

Row 1: (RS): *k1, p1 - repeat from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: (WS): *p1, k1 - repeat from * to last st, p1.

Repeat rows 1-2.

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

Repeat rows 1-2.

Cable on 2 sts:

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): knit.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS): purl.
Row 5 (RS): 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 (this is 1/1LC).
Row 6 (WS): purl.
Repeat rows 1-6.

Cable on 4 sts:
Rows 1 and 3 (RS): knit.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS): purl.
Row 5 (RS): slip 2 sts on a cable needle and hold before the work, knit the next 2 sts, return the sts from the cable needle to the left needle and knit them one by one (this is 2/2LC).
Row 6 (WS): 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:

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

Front
Cast on 34 sts.
Rows 1 -4 : *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the end of the row.
Rows 5 and 7 (RS): k1, p9, k4, p2, k2, p2, k4, p10.

Row 6, 8 and 10 (WS): k10, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k9, p1.

Row 9 (RS): k1, p9, 2/2LC, p2, 1/1LC, p2, 2/2LC, p10.

Repeat rows 5-10 four more times.

Row 35 (RS): k1, p 9, k4, bind off the next 6 sts, k4, p 10. (= 28 sts, 14 sts on each side)

Continiue working the left and right parts of the front separately from 2 balls of yarn.

Row 36 (WS): k10, p1, p2tog, p1 from the first ball of yarn, continue the other side from the second ball of yarn: k1, p2tog, p1, k9, p1. = 13 sts in each part.

Row 37 (RS): k1, p9, k2tog, p1 from one ball of yarn; k1, ssk, p9, k1 from another ball of yarn. = 12 sts in each part
Work 3 more rows (rows 38-40) as established, 12 sts in each part. Bind off.

Back
Cast on 34 sts .
Rows 1-4 : *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the end of the row.
Rows 5 and 7 (RS): k1, p9, k4, p6, k4, p10.

Rows 6, 8 and 10 (WS): k10, p4, k6, p4, k9, p1

Row 9 (RS): k10, 2/2LC, p6, 2/2LC, p10.

Repeat rows 5-10 one more time.
In row 17 (RS) divide the stitches into 2 parts and continue to work each part separately from 2 balls of yarn: k1, p9, k4, p3; attach the second ball of yarn and continue to work from it: k1, p2, k4, p10. = 17 sts in each part

Rows 18,20 and 22 (WS): from one ball of yarn : k10, p4, k2, p1; from another ball of yarn: k3, p4, k9, p1.

Row 19 (RS): from one ball of yarn: k1, p9, k4, p3; from another ball of yarn: k1, p2, k4, p10.

Row 21 (RS): from one ball of yarn: k1, p9, 2/2LC, p3; from another ball of yarn: k1, p2, 2/2LC, p10.
work as established 22 rows from 2 balls of yarn.

Repeat rows 17-22 two more time.

Row 35 (RS) like row 19.

Row 36 (WS) : from one ball of yarn: k10, p4, k2, p1; from another ball of yarn: bind off 5 sts, p2, k9, p1. There are 17 sts on the first part, 12 sts on the second part.
Row 37 (RS): from one ball of yarn: k1, p9, k1, p1 (=12 sts); from another ball of yarn: bind off 5 sts, k2, p10. (=12 sts)

Work 3 more rows (38-40) on 12 sts in each part as established. Bind off.

Sleeve
Cast on 20 sts.
Rows 1-4 : *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 5 (RS): k1, p8, k2, p9.

Row 6 (WS): k9, p2, k8, p1

Row 7 (RS): k1, m1, p8, k2, p8, m1, p1. (=22 sts)

Row 8 (WS): k10, p2, k9, p1

Row 9 (RS): k1, m1, p9, 1/1LC, p9, m1, p1. (= 24 sts)

Row 10 (WS): k11, p2, k10, p1

Row 11(RS): k1, m1, p10, k2, p10, m1, p1. (= 26 sts)

Row 12 (WS): k12, p2, k11, p1

Row 13 (RS): k1, m1, p11, k2, p11, m1, p1. (= 28 sts)

Row 14 (WS): k13, p2, k12, p1

Row 15 (RS): k1, m1, p12, 1/1LC, p12, m1, p1. (= 30 sts)

Row 16 (WS): k14, p2, k13, p1

Row 17(RS): k1, m1, p13, k2, p13, m1, p1. (= 32 sts)

Rows 18, 20 and 22 (WS): k15, p2, k14, p1

Row 19 (RS): k1, p14, k2, p15,

Row 21 (RS): k1, p14, 1/1LC, p15,

Bind off.

Collar:

Join shoulder seams.
Pick up 42 sts along the neckline and work 10 rows of 1 x 1 rib: *k1, p1 - repeat to the end of the row. Bind off.

Finishing:

Join side seams and sleeve seams. Set in sleeves. Weave in yarn ends.
Sew 4 sew-on snaps to the back opening.

Enjoy!


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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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