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American Girl Doll Raglan Banded Dress

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

All kinds of fancy doll outfits are well and good, but sometimes you're just looking for a simple workaday garment that you can knit quickly and then decorate to taste. This is my offering.

This dress is knitted seamlessly from the top down, using primarily stockinette stitch. The sleeves feature raglan construction. As an accent, I added 3 colored bands to the hem using reverse stockinette stitch. This gives them something of a 3-D look and also contributes to shaping the skirt. You can omit them altogether, or just knit them in the same yarn as the rest of the dress if you would like them to stand out less.

I used crochet to make the button band at the back of the dress, just because this method is the easiest for me. There are different ways to do this, however, so feel free to use your favorite!

The Girl's Old-Time Raglan Banded Dress is a matching dress for the girl who happens to own the doll.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

-Picking up stitches

Materials:

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams, color Black Cherry Heather - 2 skeins (A)
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams, color Cloud - 0.2 skein (B)
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams, color Marshmallow - 0.2 skein (C)
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams, color Carnation - 0.2 skein (D)

Notions: yarn needle, 7 stitch-markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn 12" long, 10 small buttons, sewing needle and thread of matching color


Needles: #7 (4.50 mm) circular needles and doble pointed needles (dpn) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Hook: F (3.75 mm)

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 18 st x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm).

Abbreviations:

k - knit
p - purl
pu&k- pick up and knit
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.
pm - place marker
sm - slip marker
st, sts - stitch, stitches
co - cast on
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
sc - single crochet
ch - chain

Pattern Notes:


Stockinette Stitch in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2 (WS): purl

Repeat rows 1-2.

Stockinette in rounds: all rounds knit.

Garter Stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat rounds 1-2.

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

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every right side (RS) row: m1, sm (slip marker), k1 (raglan st), m1.


Directions

The dress is worked top-down back-and-forth with raglan sleeves and opening on the back to the hip line, then the skirt is worked in the round. The sleeves are worked on dpn in the round. The button band is crocheted.

With yarn A cast on 26 sts and purl one foundation row, check the stitches and place 4 stitch markers: 1 edge st, 3 st (right back), 1 st (first raglan line, place the first marker before this st), 4 sts (right sleeve), 1 st (second raglan line, place the second marker before this st), 6 sts (front), 1 st (third raglan line, place the third marker before this st), 4 sts (left sleeve), 1 st (forth raglan line, place the forth marker before this st), 3 sts (left back), 1 edge st.

Row 1 (RS, increase row) and all RS rows: sl1, *knit all sts till the marker, m1, sm, k1, m1 - repeat from * 4 times, knit the remaining sts to the last one, p1. (+8 sts), After row 1 =34 sts.

Row 2 (WS): sl 1, purl all sts.

Repeat rows 1-2 eight more times.

After row 3 the number of sts = 42 sts

After row 5 - = 50 sts

After row 7 - = 58 sts

After row 9 - = 66 sts

After row 11 - = 74 sts

After row 13 - = 82 sts

After row 15 - = 90 sts

After row 17 - = 98 sts

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Remove markers while working this row

Row 19 (RS): sl1, k13, transfer the next 22 sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k26, transfer the next 22 sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k13, p1. (= 60 sts)

Row 20 (WS): sl1, p59

Row 21 (RS): sl1, k58, p1.

Repeat rows 20-21 six more times. Repeat row 20 one more time.

Row 35/round 1 (RS): k5, pm #1, k10, pm #2, k10, pm #3,k9, pm #4,k10, pm #5, k9, pm #6, k6. Join and continue to work in rounds. Place the seventh marker at the beginning of the round, this marker will not be mentioned further, slip it while working.

Round 2 (increase round): k5, m1, sm, (k10, m1, sm) twice, k9, m1, sm, (k10, m1, sm) twice, k6. (=66 sts)

Round 3: knit all sts, slip markers while working.

Repeat round 3 four more times.

Round 8 (increase round): k6, (sm, k1, m1, k10) twice, sm, k1, m1, k9, (sm, k1, m1, k10) twice, sm, k1, m1, k5. (=72 sts)

Round 9: knit all sts, slip markers while working.

Repeat round 9 four more times.

Round 14 (increase round): k6, m1, (sm, k12, m1) twice, sm, k11, m1, (sm, k12, m1) twice, sm, k7 (=78 sts)

Round 15: knit all sts, slip markers while working.

Repeat round 15 four more times.

Round 20 (increase round): k7, (sm, k1, m1, k12) twice, sm, k1,m1, k11, (sm,k1, m1, k12) twice, sm, k1, m1, k6. (= 84sts)

Round 21: knit all sts, remove all markers except the one in the beginning of the round.

Repeat round 21 three more times.

Round 25 (change to yarn B): knit

Rounds 26-27: purl

Rounds 28-30 (with yarn A): knit.

Repeat rounds 25-30 two more times, first with yarns C and A, then with yarns D and A.

Work 4 more round in garter stitch. Bind off.


Sleeve

Sleeves are worked in rounds on dpn.

Transfer 22 sleeve sts from the waste piece of yarn on dpn, distributing them evenly, pu&k 3 sts over the 3 underarm sts. Mark the beginning of the round. Work 6 rounds in stockinette (all rounds knit). Bind off.



Finishing:

Attach yarn at the bottom of the back openning and crochet 1 row of sc along the left back edge up to neckline, make 40 sc, turn and crochet back: *ch 2, skip 2st, sc 2, repeat from * 10 times.

Weave in all yarn ends.

Sew on 10 buttons on the right back edge.

Enjoy!

Pattern was updated on October 16, 2018.


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Poster: Sandy Colburn
December 4, 2013

I have started this dress about 5 times and cannot get beyond the dividing row. Do I increase on each side of each marker? or should there be an increase knit 1 and then another increase. It says easy but not for me and I have been knitting 50 years. something I'm just not doing correctly. thank you for any response
Poster: Barbara
December 20, 2015

This is how I did it: knit 3 for the buttons knit, knit 3 then place a marker, knit 4 and place a marker, knit 6 and place a marker, knit 4and place a marker, knit 3 and then knit another thre. On the first row: increase before and after each marker. You will do this until the sleeves are 18 stitches. On the next knit side, knit until the first marker and slide the sleeves onto something to hold until you're ready to knit the sleeves, make 3 stitches and then knit the next section until you get to the next marker and slide the sleeve section onto the stitch holder again until you're ready to knit that sleeve, make 3 stitches again and knit the rest of the stitches. I hope that helped.
Poster: Georgia
March 2, 2018

Yes i had so much trouble doing the dividing row and this really helps thank you so much
Poster: Monica Rosnersky
March 3, 2018

Thanks for your help. How many stitches for the sleeve should there be now to slide on to something to hold? That is what is confusing me.
Poster: maxine tourigny
March 4, 2014

Just finished 2 of this dress. I increased 1, knit 1, move marker, increase 1. Good luck!
Poster: sandi snyder
April 6, 2014

I have the same problem
Poster: Diane
September 17, 2012

If i want to make this for a doll which is a bit bigger, how would i adapt this pattern?

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