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American Girl Doll Midsummer Dress

Difficulty level: ** Easy

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)

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

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

-Working lace patterns

-Picking up stitches

-Basic chrocheting

Materials: Patons Grace 100% sport weight yarn, 100% mercerized Cotton 50g/1.75 oz. 125m/136 yds – 1.5 balls
Notions: yarn needle, 4 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, 5 white buttons 5-6 mm, sewing need and thread to attach the buttons.

Needles: US # 1 (2.25mm) circular, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 28 st x 40 rows = 4" x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

Abbreviations:

k - knit

p- purl
kfr&b - knit front and back
yo - yarn over

k2tog - knit 2 together
ssk - slip the first st as if to knit, knit the second st, pass the first st over

RS - right side

WS - wrong side

pm - place marker

sm - slip marker

Pattern Notes:

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

Repeat 2 rows.

Stockinette Stitch in rounds: knit all rounds

Garter Stitch in rows: knit all rows

Garter stitch in rounds:
Round 1 and all odd rounds - knit
Round and all even rounds - purl

Lace pattern A worked on 4 sts:
Row 1: yo, ssk, k2tog, yo
Row 2: purl

Lace Pattern B
multiple of 4; worked on hem, in-the-round:
Round 1: *yo, k2, k2tog - rep from * across the round
Rounds 2, 4 and 6: knit
Round 3: *k2tog, yo - rep from * across the round
Round 5: k1, k2tog, *yo, k2, k2tog - rep from * across the round to the last st, k1.

Selvedge/edge stitches: knit the first st, purl the last st in row

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1yo (yo) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every right side (RS) row: yo, sm (slip marker), k1 (raglan st), yo. There are 4 raglan lines, so in each RS row the number of sts is increased by 8.

Dress

The dress is worked from the top down, with yo increases on raglan lines, forth and back with back seam to waist line. Then it's worked in-the-round without seams on circular needles. The button band is crocheted.

Cast on 42 sts. Knit the first row, purl the second row.
Row 1 (RS): k41, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, p41.
Check the sts and place markers:
1 edge st, 5 sts (right back), 1 st (the first raglan line, place a marker before this st), 8 sts (right sleeve), 1 st (the second raglan line, place a marker before this st), 10 sts (front, count 3 sts and place a marker after the third st, count the next 4 sts and place a marker after the forth st, thus you indicated the lace pattern placement), 1 st (the third raglan line, place a marker before this st ), 8 sts (left sleeve), 1 st ( the forsth raglan line, place a marker before this st), 5 sts (left back), 1 edge st. = 42 sts

Row 3 (RS and all RS rows: *knit till the raglan line, yo, sm, k1, yo - repeat from * twice, knit till the fist front marker, sm, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, sm, *knit till the raglan line, yo, sm, k1, yo - repeat from * twice, knit till the last st, p1.

Row 4 (WS and all WS rows): k1, purl to the end. Repeat rows 3 and 4 nine more times.

After row 3 the number of sts is 50

After row 5 = 58 sts

After row 7 = 66 sts

After row 9 = 74 sts

After row 11 = 82 ata

After row 13 = 90 sts

After row 15 = 98 sts

After row 17 = 106 sts

After wor 19 = 114 sts

After row 21 = 122 sts

Row 23 (RS): k16 sts, yo, sm, k1 (raglan), *yo, k2tog - repeat 14 times, yo, sm, k1 (raglan), yo, k13, sm, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, sm, k13, yo, k1 (raglan), *yo, k2tog - repeat 14 times, yo, sm, k1 (raglan), yo, k15, p1. = 130 sts

Row 24 (WS): purl.

Row 25 (RS): k17, yo, sm, k1 (raglan),k30, sm, k1 (raglan), yo, k 14, sm, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, sm, k14, yo, sm, k1 (raglan), k30, sm, k1 (raglan), yo, k16, p1. = 134 sts

Row 26 (WS): k1, p18, k30, p36, k30, p19 = 134 sts

Row 27 (RS): knit 65, sm, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, sm, k64, p1.

Row 28 (WS): like row 26

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 29 (RS): k19, bind off 30 sts of the sleeve, work 36 sts of the front as est., bind off 30 sts of the other sleeve, k 18, p1.

Row 30 (WS): k1, p18, cast on 1, p36, cast on1, p19 = 76 sts

Row 31 (RS): k36, sm, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, sm, p35, p1.

Row 32 (WS): k1, p 75.

Repeat row 31-32 three more times.

Row 39/ round 1: knit across, join into round and continue to work in rounds. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round, slip marker while working.

Round 2: *k1, kfr&b rep from * across the rounds =124 sts

Round 3: knit across

Repeat round 3 thirty five times.

Work the next 6 rounds in lace pattern B:

Round 39: *yo, k2, k2tog - repeat from * 31 times = 124 sts

Rounds 40, 42 and 44 - knit across

Round 41: *k2 tog, yo - repeat from * 62 times.

Round 43: k1, * k2tog, yo, k2 - repeat from * 30 times, k2tog, yo, k1.

Work the next 6 rounds in garter stitch: purl rounds 45, 47, 49, knit rounds 46, 48 and 50.

Bind off. Cut yarn.

Button Band:

Crochet the button band on the right back: attach yarn, work *3 sc in edge sts, ch 3, rep 5 times, end with 3 sc.

Finishing:

weave in yarn ends. Sew 5 buttons on the left edge of the back.

Enjoy


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