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American Girl Doll Cape with Hood

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Cape Knitting Pattern

This knitted cape is simply essential for the American Girl Doll intending to go caroling this Christmas Eve! I was inspired by the style of cape often worn in Victorian times.
The cape is knitted sideways and shaped with short rows. If you are just learning to use short rows, this small, simple pattern is a great opportunity to practice the technique. Below, I link to a video that explains how to make short rows.

I made the fur trim using crochet. This is my preference. However, the Finishing section also describes how to do the finish with knitting.

The fun fur trim is optional depending on the look you're going for. If you prefer the cape not to have the trim, finish the cape in exactly the same way, but use the main yarn instead of the fun fur yarn. This would be perfect if you were making your doll a Little Red Riding Hood outfit.


  • Knitpicks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn, color Red, 50 g / 100 m (110 yards) - 2 skeins. (A)
  • Lion Brand (affiliate link) Fun Fur Solid Yarn 64 yards (59 meters) / 50 gr- 1 skein. (B)

Crochet Hook C (2.75 mm)

Gauge: 16 sts x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) for stocking st

Wrap and turn (w&t) in the short rows:

With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle

Move yarn between the needles to the back

Slip the stitch back to the left needle

Turn the work and bring yarn back to the wrong side between the needles


Selvedge Stitches

The 1st and last stitches of the pattern are selvedge stitches. Selvedge stitches are used to make the edges of the work even and smooth 2. You should slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch.



Cape is worked sideways with short rows as one piece.

Cast on 35 sts of yarn A
Row 1 (Right side):  purl
Row 2:  knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: knit
Row 5: sl 1, k 5, w&t
Row 6: purl
Row 7: sl 1, k 10, w&t
Row 8: purl
Row 9: sl 1, k 15, w&t
Row 10: purl
Row 11: sl 1, k 20, w&t
Row 12: purl
Row 13: sl 1, k 25, w&t
Row 14: purl
Row 15: sl 1, k 30, w&t
Row 16: purl
Row 17: purl
Row 18: knit
Row 19: sl 1, k 30, w&t
Row 20: purl
Row 21: sl 1, k 25, w&t
Row 22: purl
Row 23: sl 1, k 20, w&t
Row 24: purl
Row 25: sl 1, k 15, w&t
Row 26: purl
Row 27: sl 1, k 10,w&t
Row 28: purl
Row 29: sl 1, k 5, w&t
Row 30: purl
Row 31: purl
Row 32: knit

Repeat Rows 5-32 8 more times.

Row 229 purl
Row 230 knit
Row 231 purl
Row 232 knit
Cast off



Cast on 70 sts
Row 1: purl
Row 2: knit
Row 3: sl 1, k 50, w&t
Row 4: p 30, w&t
Row 5: k 40,w&t
Row 6: p 50, w&t
Row 7: k 60, turn
Row 8: sl 1, k 69, turn.
Row 9: purl
Row 10: knit

Repeat rows 3-10 3 more times.

Row 34: purl
Rows 35-36: knit
Rows 37-38: purl
Rows 39-40: knit
Row 41: purl
Cast off.


Fold the hood in half widthwise and sew the back seam.

Sew the hood to the neckline of the cape.

Pick up 3 sts on the right front of the neckline. Make an I-cord 3- 4" long. Pick up 3 sts on the left front of the neckline. Make an I-cord 3- 4" long.

With the yarn B crochet 3 rows of single crochet (sc) along all edges of the cape and the hood.

If you don't crochet, you can achieve a similar look by picking up the sts along the edges of the garment and knitting 4 rows of garter st.


Back of the cape

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Poster: carol
November 12, 2017

is there a pattern for this cape with hood for a size 5 or 6 year old girl
Poster: Mary
December 13, 2013

SC is "single crochet". There are good youtube videos showing how to sc around a knitting project, that will help you.
Poster: JeannineG
December 8, 2013

Hi Sandra,
You will not be knitting across the whole row. Only the number of stitches indicated.
For row 5. Slip the first stitch. Knit 5 stitches. Do your wrap and turn. The wrong side of your work should be facing you. You should have 6 stitches on your left needle and 29 on your right needle.

Purl back across the 6 stitches on your left needle. (Not all the stitches in the row are knitted)

Turn your work so the right side is facing you.
Row 7 - slip the first stitch, knit the next 10 stitches. Do your wrap and turn. Wrong side should be facing you with 11 stitches on your left needle and 24 stitches on your right needle.
Row 8 - purl the stitches on your left needle.

These are called short rows. When knitted this way, it creates a wedge.

If you are able, take a look at the video for how to do the wrap/turn.

Hope this helps!
Poster: wima thibodeau
December 10, 2013

please explain row five
Poster: Noreene Adam
October 13, 2014

unable to print this pattern
Poster: Emily
November 30, 2012

I agree about the confusion. I have taken it back twice, and today I took it back to the beginning to see if I can make sense out of it. I now trying to do the repeat starting from AFTER the 6th row so that there are only 2 raised rows between the short rows. I am thinking that will make it look more like the picture.
Poster: Barbara Coffy
October 9, 2016

What is an I-cord?
Poster: Janine
December 15, 2016

An I-cord is where you knit a tube with 2 double pointed needles. Cast on like normal and then knit the first row. Now instead of transfering the work to the other hand you move the work to the other side of the needle. So you will knit the next row with the yarn coming from the left hand side instead of the right. Doing this will make a small tube that can be used as drawstrings.
Poster: Joan Burgess
January 21, 2015

My cape came out nice but hood does not look like picture. Must be an error in instructions for hood. Has anyone tried this in a larger size needle than the size 4 .
Poster: Amanda
January 14, 2015

Thank you, I can't believe how easy this is. I just got back into knitting and was worried about the turning but it wasn't so bad. Thank you again.
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