Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing:yarn over (YO), knit front and back (kfr&b), m1 (make one increase)
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog)
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches
Materials: Noro (affiliate link) Kureyon sock yarn fingering weight 462 yards (422 meters) /100g Color S253 - 0.5 skeins. (yarn A)
Knit Picks (affiliate link) Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 210 m (231 yds)/ 50 g color Celestial - 0.25 ball. (yarn B)
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or 2 pieces 10” long of contrasting color waste yarn to hold stitches,
- Yarn needle
- small decorative buttons and sew-on snaps
- Sewing needle and thread of color matching the yarn for attaching the buttons
Needles: #2 (2.75 mm) circular needles and double pointed needles (dpn) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge for stockinette stitch: 28 st x 36 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm).
dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
St, sts – stitch, stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
as est. - as established, work as the pattern demands
co – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
kfr&b - knit front and back
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.
bb – button band
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 purl it as a regular stitch. See picture
Stockinette Stitch in rows:
Row 1 (RS and all RS rows ): knit
Row 2 (WS and all WS rows): purl. Repeat rows 1-2.
Stockinette Stitch in rounds: all rows - knit.
Garter st in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat rounds 1-2.
1x1 Rib in rows (odd number of stitches):
Row 1 (RS): *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat to last stitch, end k 1.
Row 2 (WS): *Purl 1, knit 1; repeat to last stitch, end p 1. Repeat 2 rows.
1x1 Rib in rounds: multiple of 2
All rounds: *k1, p1 - repeat from * across.
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch and purl the last one in a row.
The dress is worked from the top to the bottom first back and forth , then in rounds without seams.
With yarn A cast on 46 sts. Work 2 rows in garter stitch, both rows: k45, p1.
Row 3 (RS): (K4, m1, k3, m1) x 6 times, k4. (58 sts)
Row 4 (WS and all WS rows): k1, purl to the end of the row.
Row 5: (K5, m1, k4, m1) x 3 times, k4, (m1, k4, m1, k5) x 3 times. (70 sts)
Row 7: (K6, m1, k5, m1) x 3 times, k4, (m1, k5, m1, k6) x 3 times. (82 sts)
Row 9: K4, (m1, k6, m1, k7) x 2 times, m1, k6, m1, k10, (m1, k6, m1, k7) x 2 times, m1, k6, m1, k4. (94 sts)
Row 11: K5, (m1, k7, m1, k8) x 2, times m1, k7, m1, k10, (m1, k7, m1, k8) x 2 times, m1, k7, m1, k5. (106 sts)
Row 13: k105, p1
Row 15: K6, (m1, k8, m1, k9) x 2 times, m1, k8, m1, k10, (m1, k8, m1, k9) x 2 times, m1, k8, m1, k6. (118 sts)
Row 17: k117, p1.
Row 19: K4, (m1, k9, m1, k10) x 2 times, m1, k9, m1, k16, (m1, k9, m1, k10) x 2 times, m1, k9, m1, k4. (130 sts)
Row 21: k129, p1
Divide for sleeves and bodice: change to yarn B.
Row 23 (RS): k16 sts (left front), transfer the next 32 sts (left sleeve to a piece of waste yarn), co1, k34 sts (back), transfer the next 32 sts (right sleeve) to a piece of waste yarn, co1, k16 sts (right front ). (68 sts)
Row 24 (WS): k1, p67.
Row 25 (RS): k67, p1.
Repeat rows 24-25 three more times, repeat row 24 one more time.
Skirt: change to yarn A.
Row 31 (RS): k1, kfr&b 66, p1 (134 sts)
Row 32 (WS and all WS rows): k1, p133.
Row 33 (RS): k133, p1
Repeat rows 32-33 seven more times. Stop after you made row 47. Block the edges of the dress.
Button Bands: worked with yarn B.
Pu&k 40 sts along the first front edge. Work 3 rows of 1x1 rib over 40 sts. Bind off. Repeat on another front edge.
Fold the dress with RS facing, overlap the button bands; pu&k 3 sts along the bottom of both bb (through both layers of the bb), and continue to work in rounds. Place a stitch marker before the second of the picked-up sts to mark the beginning of the round.
Work 28 rounds (or to desired length) in stockinette: all rounds knit.
Work 6 more rows in garter stitch: one round purl, the next round knit. Bind off.
Finishing the Armhole:
The armhole is finished with 1x1 ribbing worked in rounds with yarn B.
Transfer 32 sts from the piece of waste yarn to dpn, distributing them evenly, pu&k 1 st underarm. (33sts)
Round 1: knit.
Round 2: k2tog, p1, *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the ends of the round. (32 sts)
Round 3: *k1, p1 - repeat from * to the ends of the round.
Repeat round 3 two more times. Bind off.
Weave in all yarn ends. Sew on the snaps and decorative buttons.