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American Girl Doll Hamptons Summer Cardigan

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

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

-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), slip-slip-knit (ssk)

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

-Working lace patterns

-Picking up stitches

Materials: Brown Sheep (affiliate link) Nature Spun Sport weight yarn, (100% wool), 1 3/4 oz (40 gr) /184 yards (168 m), color 46S Red Fox - 1/2 ball
Notions: yarn needle, 2 pieces of waste yarn, 2 small buttons 5-6 mm, sewing needle and thread to attach buttons.

Needles: US#6 (4 mm) circular needles and double pointed needles (dpn) for sleeves OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 26 st = 4" (10 cm)


dpn – double pointed needles

K – knit

P – purl

St , sts – stitch, stitches

yo - yarn over

k2tog - knit 2 together

as est. - as established, work as the pattern demands, here knit the RS rows and purl the WS rows.

co – cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

bb – button band

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch in rows:
Row 1 (RS and all RS rows) - knit
Row 2 (WSand all WSrows)- purl

Repeat rows 1-2.

Garter Stitch in rows: knit all rows

Lace pattern A (multiple of 13, worked in rows)
Row 1 (RS): (k2tog) 2 times, (k1, yo) 4 times, k1, (k2tog) 2 times.
Row 2 (WS): knit
Row 3 (RS): knit
Row 4 (WS): purl
Repeat rows 1-4.

Lace patten B (multiple of 11, worked in rounds)
Round 1: (k2tog) 2 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (k2tog) 2 times
Round 2: purl
Rounds 3 - 4: knit
Repeat rounds 1-4.

Selvedge/edge stitches: the first st slip knitwise, the last st purl.

Button bands (bb) are worked together with the body of the cardigan in garter stitch (all rows knit) on 3 sts in the begining and 3 sts in the end of each row.


The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, back and forth without side seams. The sleeves are worked in rounds on dpn. Then the sleeves and bodice are connected and the round yoke is worked.


Cast on 73 sts, these sts include: 1 selvedge st, 3 sts button band, 65 sts (13 sts x 5) for the lace pattern A, 3 sts button band 1 selvedge st.

Purl the foundation row.

Row 1 (RS): sl 1, k3, *(k2tog) 2 times, (k1, yo) 4 times, k1, (k2tog) 2 times - repeat from * 5 times, k3, p1.

Rows 2 (WS) and 3 (RS): sl 1, k71, p1.

Row 4 (WS): sl 1, k3, p 65, k3, p1.

Repeat rows 1-4 three more times. Repeat rows 1-3 one more time.

Row 20 (WS): sl 1, k3, p15, bind off 5 sts, p25, bind off 5 sts, p15, k3, p1. Leave the work on circular needles.

Note: If you want a longer jacket, repeat rows 1-4 more times. Then repeat rows 1-3 one more time and make underarm binding off in the forth row of lace repeat.


Sleeves are worked on dpn in rounds
Co 33 sts, distribute the sts evenly, join and continue to work in rounds, take care not to twist the sts. Mark the beginning of the round. Knit a foundation round.

Round 1: *(k2tog) 2 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (k2tog) 2 times - repeat 3 times.
Round 2: purl
Rounds 3 - 4: knit
Repeat rounds 1-4 one more time, repeat round 1-3 one more time.

Round 12: bind off 3 sts, k 27, bind off 3 sts. Cut the yarn.

Transfer the sts to a piece of waste yarn.

Note: If you want longer sleeves, repeat rounds 1-4 more times. Then repeat rounds 1-3 one more time and make underarm binding off in the forth round of lace repeat.
Make 2 sleeves.

Transfer the sleeve sts from piece of waste yarn to 2 dpn.

The first row of the yoke (RS), connect bodice and sleeves: sl 1, k3, p15 sts of the front, p27 sts of the first sleeve, p25 sts of the back, p27 sts of the second sleeve, p15 sts of the front, k3, p1. = 117 sts

Rows 2, 4, 6 (WS): sl1, k3, p109, k3, p1

Rows 3 and 5 (RS): sl1, k115, p1

Row 7 (RS, decrease row): sl1, k2tog, yo, k2, (k2tog, k1) x 35, k2tog, k4, p1. = 81 sts
Row 8 (WS): sl 1, k79, p1.

Row 9 (RS): sl1, k79, p1.

Row 10 (WS): sl1, k3, p73, k3, p1.

Repeat rows 9-10 two more times.

Row 15 (RS, decrease row): sl , k4, *k2 tog, k1 -repeat from * 23 times, k2tog, k4, p1. = 57 sts
Rows 16 (WS): sl1, k55, p1
Row 17 (RS): sl 1, k2tog, yo, k53, p1.

Row 18 (WS): sl1, k3, p49, k3, p1.

Row 19 (RS): sl1, k55, p1.

Row 20 (WS): like row 18.

Row 21: sl1, k4, * k2tog, k1 - repeat from * 15 times, k2tog, k4, p1. = 41 sts
Row 22: sl1, k39, p1.
Bind off.


Sew underarms. Weave in all yarn ends Sew on 2 buttons.


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Poster: Darlene Davis
July 23, 2016

Thank you for making the correction in Pattern B. I was just making this again and thought I'd check. Making it this time to match my little niece's one made for her. Very quick, easy and beautiful sweater. Thank you.
Poster: Margaret Callahan
May 7, 2015

Thank you for making this correction.
Poster: Darlene Davis
March 30, 2015

A beautiful pattern that was easy and so quick, six threads total to sew in, what could be better. I used Patons Astra and it took 28grams. The only thing I noticed was Lace Pattern B is a multiple of 12 stitches, not 11 so the sleeves need to cast on 36 stitches, not 33. Will be making more of these sweaters. Thank you for the wonderful pattern and for it being free.
Poster: Norah Macey
August 29, 2015

When I look at Lace pattern B, I count 11 stitches in the pattern rounds. So 33 should be ok for the sleeves. Will pay particular attention to the pattern when I start knitting it. Darling sweater for 3 Cabbage Patch dolls that I have! Thanks for the pattern!

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