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American Girl Doll Garter Stitch Summer Dress

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern for American Girl Dolls

Materials: Gaia by Filati Bertagna fingering weight yarn (100% merino), 25 gr/0.88 oz. 100 meters/109 yards, color - Yellow - 2 balls
3 buttons 5mm in diameter


Hook: B (2.25 mm)

32 sts x 60 rows -= 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

Pattern notes:       

Garter Stitch in rows: all rows knit
Garter Stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl

Selvedge Stitches:

Knit the first stitch in the row and purl the last one.


k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over
pm - place marker
kfr&b - knit front and back of the same stitch
m1 (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 knit (purl) it as a regular stitch.


The dress is worked from top down, first in rows, then in the round. Round yoke.
Button band is crocheted.


Cast on 49 sts.
Work in garter st 4 rows
Row 5: k4, *kfr&b, k3 repeat from * 10 times, kfr&b, k3, p1 = 60 sts
Rows 6-8: garter st
Row 9: k3, *kfr&b, k3 repeat from * 14 times, p1 = 74 sts
Rows 10-12: garter st
Row 13: k4, *kfr&b, k2 repeat from * 23 times, p1 = 97 sts
Rows 14-18: garter st
Row 19: k3, *kfr&b, k5 repeat from * 15 times, kfr&b, k2, p1 = 113  sts
Rows 20-28: garter stitch.

Divide for Sleeves

Row 29: k15, transfer the next 26 sts to a holder or waste yarn, cast on 8 st, k 31, transfer
26 to a holder or waste yarn, cast on 8, k15.
Row 30: knit 76, purl 1 = 77 st



Rows 31 (RS) and 33 and all odd rows: knit 76, purl 1
Rows 32 (WS) and 34: *k6, p1 - rep to the end = 77 sts
Row 35: k1, m1, k5, *m1, k1, m1, k6 - rep from * 9 times, m1, k1, m1, k6, m1, p1 = 99 sts
Rows 36, 38, 40, 42: *k8, p1, rep from * 11 times
Rows 37, 39, 41: knit 98, purl 1
Row 43/Round 1: knit, continue to work in rounds
Rounds 2, 4, 6: *p8, k1 - repeat from * to the end of the round
Round 3 and all odd rounds: knit
Round 7: *k1, m1, k8, m1 - rep from * 11 times = 121 sts
Rounds 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18: *k1, p10 - rep from * 11 times
Round 9 and all odd rounds: knit
Round 19: *k1, m1, k10, m1 - rep from * 11 times = 143 sts
Round 20 and all even rounds: *k1, p12 - rep  from * 11 times
Round 21 and all odd rounds: knit
Round 39: *k1, m1, k12, m1 - rep from * 11 times = 165 sts
Round 40 and all even rounds: *k1, p14 - rep from * 11 times
Round 41 and all odd rounds: knit
Work as established till round 75 or to desired length. Bind off. Cut yarn.


Transfer sleeve sts to dpn needles, evenly distributing the sts; pu&k 8 sts over underarm sts.

Work in garter st 2 rounds and bind off.


Weave in yarn ends. With a length of yarn and a hook, fasten yarn to the upper right edge on the back. Make 1 sc, *ch 3, 3 sc rep from * 3 times, sc to the beginning of the rounds. Cut the yarn. Weave in the ends.
Block the dress.

Sew the buttons. Make an embroidery on the front of the yoke or crochet 5 small flowers and decorate the yoke and the skirt of the dress.



There are 8 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Beth Holden
September 9, 2017

Good day
row35 is not working out for me I start with the 77 stitches from row 34 but not working out for 35 as per instructions. Am I missing something?
regards Beth
Poster: Jess
June 2, 2017

I don't see a row 34? Am i missing something?

Poster: colette grimard
January 2, 2017

you havve very nice dress Im very lucky to find it
Poster: Sandra Lynne Janzen
October 18, 2016

Is there an error in the pattern for the purl 8, 10, 12, etc. rows? I don't see any stocking stitch in the photo.
Poster: georgette herkenrath
October 5, 2016

I shared this pattern with some of my friends , they all made their own version of this lovely dress , Can I show you the pictures ? Where can I send them ??
Poster: Lucy
January 18, 2016

Is this pattern for the 18" doll?
August 3, 2016

yes it is !!
Poster: Louise colville
September 8, 2015

Solved my problem by using the loop method of increasing rather than in the next stitch


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