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American Girl Doll Petticoat (Underskirt)

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Petticoat Knitting Pattern

The petticoat is worked from the bottom up, back and forth with the seam on the back.

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

Materials: Bernat (affiliate link) Baby fingering weight acrylic yarn, color - Antique White, 247 m (270 yds) / 50g - 1 skein.

Needles: US# 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Notions: yarn needle, 10 1/2" long piece of 1/4" elastic tape, sewing thread of the color matching the color of the yarn and sewing needle, 10 ¼” long piece of ¼” wide elastic.

Gauge: one lace pattern repeat 10 sts x 8 rows = 1.75" (4.5 cm)
18 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch

k - knit
p - purl
ssk - slip, slip, knit
k2tog - knit 2 together
cdd - center double decrease: 1) slip 2 sts on the right needle knitwise, 2) knit the next st, 3) insert the left needle in the slipped 2 sts and pass them over the just knitted st. = 2 sts decrease
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows

Bluebell Lace Pattern:

Multiple of 10 sts

Foundation row (WS) - purl.
Row 1 (RS): yo, k3, cdd, k3, yo, k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 (WS): purl.
Row 3 (RS): k1, yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k2.
Row 5 (RS): k2, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k3.
Row 7 (RS): k3, yo, cdd, yo, k4.
Repeat rows 1-8

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


The petticoat is worked from the bottom up, back and forth with the seam on the back.

Cast on 123 sts. Work foundation row: purl.

Row 1 (RS): sl 1, k1, *yo, k3, cdd, k3, yo, k1 - repeat from * 12 times, p1. (=123 sts)

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 (WS): purl

Row 3 (RS): sl 1, k1, *k1, yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k2 - repeat from * 12 times, p1.

Row 5 (RS): sl 1, k1, *k2, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k3 - repeat from * 12 times, p1

Row 7 (RS); sl 1, k1, *k3, yo, cdd, yo, k4 - repeat from * 12 times, p1

Repeat rows 1-8 one more time. Block the lace ruffle.

Row 17 (RS); sl 1, *k1, k2tog - repeat from * 40 times, k1, p1. (= 84 sts)

Row 18 (WS): sl 1, p83.

Row 19 (RS): sl 1, k82, p1.

Repeat rows 18-19 twenty more times, or to desired length of the skirt.

Row 70 (WS): sl 1, k82, p1.

Row 71 (RS): sl 1, k82, p1.

Row 72 (WS): sl 1, p83.

Repeat rows 71-72 one more time. Bind off. Cut yarn.


Block the finished piece. Sew the back seam of the petticoat.

With the RS facing, fold the top of the petticoat back along the purl row (row 70) and sew on. Insert the elastic. Weave in all yarn ends.


Pattern was updated on September 5, 2018.

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There are 4 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Jenny
July 28, 2013

After my 6th failed attempt, I need help with the directions. Could you please clarify? #1: Do I need to start each even pattern row with sl 1, k1 and end each even pattern row with k1, p1... #2: If I am using circular needles, am I knitting circular, and if so does this mean I don't need to join the back seam and therefore don't need the extra 4 stitches. EG Cast on 124 stitches, pattern consists of 10 stitches repeated 12 times = 120 stitches.
Thank You in Advance.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
May 8, 2012

sk2p means - slip1, knit 2 tog, pass slipped stitch over. (a double decrease)
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 1, 2013

Yes, you are correct on both counts.
Poster: Mary
May 8, 2012

I,m knitting a american doll petticoat
but don't understand what sk2p means.
The knitting pattern stitches are clear.
I have printed some of the doll knitting patterns and enjoy doing them for my granddaughters american dolls.
Would appreciate if you can let me know about the stitch I meantion sk2p.
Thank you

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