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Dell's Drawstring Raglan Summer Dress

Dell's Drawstring Raglan Summer Dress
Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

This is a dress for a 14" doll from the Hearts for Hearts Girls series

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing: yarn over (YO), knit front and back (kfr&b)

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

-Picking up stitches

-Basic chrocheting

Plymouth (affiliate link) Yarn Sockotta fingering weight yarn (45% cotton, 40 % wool, 15% nylon), 414 yd / 379m 100 g color 08 - about 1/4 of a ball

Notions: yarn needle, 5 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, crochet hook 2.75-3 mm.

Needles: Circular US #2 (2.75 mm) and dpn US #2 (2.75 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge 20 sts = 4" (10cm)


dpn – double pointed needles

K – knit

P – purl

St, sts – stitch, stitches

pu&k - pick up and knit

co – cast on

kfr&b - knit front and back

yo - yarn over

sm - slip marker

Pattern Notes:
Stockinette stitch in rounds: all rounds knit

Garter stitch in rounds:
Round 1 - knit
Round 2 - purl
Repeat rounds 1-2

2x2 Rib in rounds: all rounds: *k2, p2 repeat from * across the round.

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by yarn over (yo) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every other round: yo, sm (slip marker), k1 (raglan st), yo. The number of sts increases by 8.


The dress is worked from top down in rounds without seams.

Cast on 48 sts, join and continue to work in rounds. Place a marker at the begining of the round. The beginning of the round will be in the middle of the back.
Round 1: knit
Round 2 (yelet round): *k2tog, yo - repeat from * across the round
Rounds 3-4: knit
Check sts and place markers on raglan lines:
7 sts (right back) - 1 st (the first raglan line, place marker before this st) - 8 sts (right sleeve) 1 sts (the second raglan line, place marker before this st) - 14 sts (front) - 1 st (the third raglan line, place marker before this st) - 8 sts (left sleeve) - 1 st (the forth raglan line, place marker before this st), - 7 sts left back.

Rounds 5, 7 and 9: slip the beg. marker, *knit till the raglan marker, yo, sm, k1, yo - repeat from * 4 times, k the remaining sts. till the end of the round. (+8 sts)
Round 6, 8, 10: knit across.
After round 5 the number of sts = 56 sts

After round 7 = 64 sts

After round 9 = 72 sts

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Round 11: k11, transfer 14 sts of the right sleeve to a piece of waste yarn, co 2 sts for the underarm, k22 sts of the front, transfer 14 sts of the left sleeve on another piece of waste yarn, co 2 sts for underarm, k11. = 48 sts

Rounds 12 and 13 knit
Round 14: *k2, p2 repeat from * across the round
Repeat round 14 five more times

Round 20(increase round): *kfr&b, k1-repeat from * across the round. = 72 sts
Rounds 21 - 42: knit
Round 43: purl
Round 44: knit

Repeat rounds 43 and 44 three more times.
Bind off.

Transfer 14 sts to dpn, pu&k 2 sts over the 2 underarm sts. = 16 sts
Round 1: knit.
Round 2: purl.

Repeat rounds 1-2 two more times.

Bind off.

Weave in all yarn ends. Crochet a chain 10"-12" long. Insert it in the eyelets along the neckline.

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Poster: Kat
February 22, 2016

Such talented work! Would LOVE to see this on a Maru and Friends doll. Such beautiful dolls deserve beautiful clothing ;)
Poster: mamarose
November 22, 2012

what size is the doll that fit this dress?
Poster: Carol J. Elwell
September 4, 2012

So glad to finally see a Hearts4Hearts Doll pattern--please make more

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