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Santa's Elf Outfit for 14 inch Dolls: Striped Sweater

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Sweater Knitting Pattern

This cute knitted outfit consists of a sweater, vest, skirt, tights, hat and shoes to change a doll into one of Santa's elves. It's a great decoration for around the house or on your Christmas tree and, of course, a perfect toy.
This outfit will fit a 14" doll from the Hearts for Hearts Girls series

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

Materials: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Palette fingering weight yarn, 231 yards (211 meters) / 50gr, colors: 1982 Grass, 4932 Serrano and 9437 white one ball each for the whole outfit.

Notions: yarn needle, 4 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, 5 small sew-on snaps, sewing needle and thread of matching color to attach snaps.

Needles: 5 dpn US #2 (2.75mm) 5" long and circular US #2 (2.75mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 20 sts x 30 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)


dpn – double pointed needles

K – knit

P – purl

St, sts – stitch, stitches

co – cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

m 1 - 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 it as a regular stitch.

sm - slip marker

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Rib in rounds
All rounds: *k1, p1 repeat from * all the way around.

Stockinette in rounds
All rounds knit

Stockinette in rows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat rows 1-2.

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.

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


The sweater is worked back and forth from top down with raglan increases and without seams. There is an opening on the back. The sleeves are worked in rounds on 4 dpn.

With white yarn cast on 24 sts.
Row 1 (RS): knit 23, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, p23.

Check the stitches and place 4 markers in the following places:

4 sts (right back) - 1 st (the first raglan line, place the first marker before this st) - 3 sts (right sleeve) - 1 st (the second raglan line, place the second marker before this st) - 6 sts (front) - 1 st (the third raglan line, place the third marker before this st) - 3 sts (left sleeve) - 1 st (the forth raglan line, place the forth marker before this st) - 4 sts (left back)
Row 3 and all RS rows (increase on raglan line rows): *k till marker, m1, sm, k1, m1 - repeat from * 4 times, k to last st, p1. (+8 sts)

Row 4 and all WS rows: k1, purl to the end.

Repeat row 3 and 4 six more times.

After row 3 the number of sts = 32 sts

After row 5 = 40 sts

After row 7 = 48 sts

After row 9 = 56 sts

After row 11 = 64 sts

After row 13 = 72 sts

After row15 = 80 sts

Rows 5-6, 9-10, 13-14, work in red;
Rows 7-8, 11-12, 15-16 work in white.

Divide for sleeves and bodice:
Row 17 (RS, work in red): k12, transfer the next 18 sts of the right sleeve to a piece of waste of yarn, k20, transfer the next 18 sts of the left sleeve to another piece of waste yarn, k11, p1. = 44 sts
Row 18 (WS): k1, p43.

Row 19 (RS): k43, p1.

Repeat rows 18 and 19 two more times, repeat row 18 one more time.
Work rows 19 - 20 in white,
Work rows 21- 22 in red,
Work rows 23- 24 in white
Rows 25-30 (in white): *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the end. Bind off.


Sleeves are worked in rounds on 4 dpn needles.
Transfer 18 sts from a piece of yarn to 3 needles: 6 sts on each needle. Mark the beginning of the round underum. Work 20 rounds in stockinette: all rounds knit. Wor rounds 1-2, 5-6, 9-10, 13-14, 17-18, 21-22 in red. Work rounds 3-4, 7-8, 11-12, 15-16, 19-20 in white.
Work the next 6 rounds in 1x1 rib: *k1, p1 - repeat from * . Bind off.

Finishing: Weave in all yarn ends, block the sweater. Sew 5 sew-on snaps on the back.


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Poster: Jean
December 2, 2013

I have a question regarding the sweater. I'm a bit confused. It calls for a circular needle, but it is says the pattern is rows(not rounds, so I am assuming you use the circular as if it was like 2 straight needles, therefore not joining the yarn to form a circle... Yet it says there are no seams. How can this be, or do you mean there are just no side seams and the back is left open? Also, if row 16 ends with 80 stitches--and row 17 is k12, transfer 18, k20, transfer 18, then k12....why is row 18 purl 42? Shouldn't it be purl 44?

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