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American Girl Doll Hamptons Summer Cardigan

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Materials: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport weight yarn, (100% wool), 1 3/4 oz (40 gr) /184 yards (168 m), color 46S Red Fox - 1/2 ball
2 red buttons 5-6 mm

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

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

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette Stitch in rows:
1st row and all odd rows - knit sts
2nd row and all even rows - purl sts

Garter Stitch in rows:
knit all rows

Lace pattern A (multiple of 13)
Row 1 (RS): (k2tog) 2 times, (k1, yo) 4 times, k1, (k2tog) 2 times
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Repeat rows 1-4.
Lace patten B (multiple of 11) worked in rounds
Round 1 (RS): (k2tog) 2 times, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, (k2tog) 2 times
Round 2: purl
Rounds 3 - 4: knit
Repeat rounds 1-4.

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


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 bottom are connected to make a round yoke.


Co 73 sts, purl the foundation row.
Divide the sts as follows: 1 selvedge st, 3 sts the button band worked in garter st. (13 sts x 5) = 65 sts of the body worked in the lace pattern A, 3 sts for the button band worked in garter st, 1 selvedge st.
Work 20 rows (repeat the lace pattern 5 times). In the last, 20th row: sl 1, k 3, p 15, bind off 5 sts, p 25, bind off 5 sts, p 15, k3, p1. Leave the work on circular needles.


Sleeves are worked on dpn in rounds
Co 33 sts, join and continue to work in rounds, mark the beginning of the round. Knit a foundation round. Then work the lace pattern B, for 12 rounds.
In the 12th round bind off the last 3 sts and the fist 3 sts of the round. Cut the yarn.
Transfer the sts to a length of yarn.
Make 2 sleeves.


The first row of the yoke: sl 1, k 3, p 15 sts of the front, p 27 sts of the 1st sleeve, p 25 sts of the back, p 27 sts of the 2nd sleeve, p 15 sts of the front, k3, p1 (band). = 117 sts
Work the next 6 rows in stockinette: rows 2, 4, 6 purl, rows 3, and 5 knit
Row 7: sl 1, k1, yo, k 2 tog, *k 1, k 2 tog -repeat from * across the row to the last 5 sts, k4, p1 = 81 sts
Row 8 knit
Work rows 9 - 14 in stockinette: odd rows knit, even rows purl, except for the button band sts, which are knit.
Row 15: sl 1, k3, *k 1, k 2 tog -repeat from * across the row to the last 5 sts, k4, p1 = 57 sts 
Row 16: knit.
Rows 17 - 20 work in stockinette: odd rows knit, even rows purl, except for the button band sts.
Simultaneously in the 17th row make another button hole: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 2 tog.
Row 21: sl 1, k3, * k1, k 2 tog repeat from * to the last 5 sts, k4, p1 = 41 sts
Row 22: knit.
Bind off.


Sew underarms. Weave in the ends of the yarn. Sew 2 buttons on the left band under the button holes.  


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There are 4 total comments on this article.

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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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