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American Girl Doll Snow Princess Dress

Difficulty level: **** Experienced

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing:yarn over (YO), make 1 (m1)
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), slip-slip-knit (ssk)
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Working lace patterns
-Working short rows
-Picking up stitches
-Basic crocheting

Materials: Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g color Cream Blue - 1.5 balls
Notions: yarn needle, 4 stitch markers, 5 small pearl buttons, sewing needle and thread on matching color, small embellishments of your choice, we used pearl seed beads.

Needles: US 0 (2.0 mm) circular needles and double pointed needles of the same size for sleeves OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Crochet hook 2.0 mm

Gauge: 30 sts x 44 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
psso - Pass slipped stitch over (slip 1 st knitwise to the right needle, knit the next 2 sts together, pass the slipped stitch over (2 sts decrease).
k2tog tbl - knit 2 together through back loop
k3tog tbl - knit 3 together through back loop
kfr&b - knit into front and back
w&t - wrap and turn
pu&k- pick up and knit
yo - yarn over
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/round purl/knit as a regular stitch.
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
sm - slip marker
sc - single crochet
ch - chain

Pattern Notes:
Stockinette in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows.

Reversed stockinette in rows:
Row 1 (RS): purl
Row 2: knit
Repeat 2 rows

Reversed stockinette in rounds:
All rounds purl

Garter st in rounds
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Repeat 2 rounds


Lace pattern in rounds:
Number of stitches multiple of 5
Round 1: *yo, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, yo - rep from *
Rounds 2 and 4 knit
Round 3: *k1, yo, k3 tog tbl, yo, k1 - rep from *
Repeat rounds 1-4

The selvedge stitches are worked as follows:
slip the first st and purl the last st.

To wrap and turn in the short rows:
With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle
Move yarn between the needles to the back
Slip the stitch back to the left needle
Turn the work and bring the yarn back to the wrong side between the needles


Raglan increases:

All increases are done on the wrong side as follows:
Work until 1 stitch remains before marker: yo, p 1, slip the marker, p 1, yo (= 2 sts increase). There are 4 raglan lines, hence 4 stitch markers, so there are 8 stitch increases in each wrong side row. Next row (RS) knit yos.
The sleeves are worked on dpn, shaped with short rows.

Dress

The dress is worked top-down back-and-forth, then in-the-round. The bodice has a princess style waist. The puffed sleeves have a raglan line.
The button band is crocheted with the yarn of the cast-on tail.

Cast on 52 sts and leave a tail about 2 yards (coil it so it's not in your way). These 52 stitches include: 1 selvege - 5 right back - 2 raglan (place the first marker between these 2 sts) - 10 right sleeve - 2 raglan (place the second marker between these 2 sts) - 12 front - 2 raglan (place the third marker between these 2 sts) - 10 left sleeve - 2 raglan (place the forth marker between these 2 sts) - 5 left back - 1 selvege.

Row 1 (RS): slip 1 (selvege), knit 50, p 1 (selvege) Do not remove markers, slip them while working!

Row 2 (WS) and all even, wrong side, rows: sl 1 (selvege), purl to the last st before the first marker, yo, p 1, slip marker, p 1 (first raglan line), yo, purl all sts to the last st before the second marker, yo, p 1, slip marker, p1 (second raglan line), yo, purl all sts to the last st before the third marker, yo, p 1, slip marker, p 1 (third raglan line), yo, purl all sts to the last st before the forth marker, yo, p 1, slip marker, p1 (forth raglan line), purl all remaining sts. Thus the number of stitches increases by 8 in each even (WS) row.

Row 3 (RS): slip 1 (selvege), knit all sts , including yarn overs (yo), to the last st, p 1(selvege).

Work as established (repeat rows 2-3) 16 rows. After row 16, the number of stitches is 116. These 116 sts include: 1 selvege - 13 right back - 2 raglan - 26 right sleeve - 2 raglan - 28 front - 2 raglan - 26 left sleeve - 2 raglan - 13 left back - 1 selvege.

In row 17 we'll start to shape puffed sleeves.
Row 17: sl 1 (selvege), k 13 (right back) - k 1, slip marker, k1 (raglan) - right sleeve: knit the yo, kfr&b the next 24 sts (=48sts) , knit the yo, - k 1, slip marker, k1 (raglan) - k 28 (front) - k 1, slip marker, k1 (ragan) - left sleeve: knit the yo, kfr&b the next 24 sts (=48 sts) , knit the yo - k 1, slip marker, k1 ( raglan), k 13 (left back) , p1 (selvege).

In row 18 and all even rows: purl, make yo increases at the back and front only, do not increase at the sleeves, thus you increase the number of sts by 4 in each even row. The number of sts in sleeves remains the same = 50 sts.

Row 18 (WS): sl 1 (selvege), p 13, yo (right back), p 1, slip marker, p 1 (raglan), p 50 (right sleeve), p 1, slip marker, p 1 (raglan), yo, p 28, yo (front), p 1, slip marker, p 1 (raglan), p 50 (left sleeve), p 1, slip marker, p1 (raglan), yo, p 13 (left back), p 1 (selvege). (=168 sts)

Row 19 (RS) and all odd (RS) rows knit.
Work 5 more rows making 4 stitch increases in WS rows. After row 24 you'll have 180 sts.

Divide for Sleeves and Bodice:

Row 25 (RS): sl 1, knit 19, remove the marker, transfer the next 50 sts of the sleeve to a length of waste yarn, remove the next marker, co 3 sts, k 40, remove the next marker, transfer the next 50 sts to a length of waste yarn, remove the last marker, co 3 sts, knit 19 sts, p 1.

Bodice:

Row 26 (WS): sl 1, purl the rest = 86 sts.
Work rows 27-30 in stockinette: rows 27 and 29: knit; rows 28 and 30: purl.
Row 31 (RS, decrease underarm sts): sl 1, k19, psso, k40, psso, k 19, p1 = 82 sts
Work rows 32-35 as established - RS rows knit, WS rows purl.
Row 36 (WS, increase row): sl 1, p 40, m 1, p 41 = 83 sts.
Row 37 (RS): knit, place a marker before the 42nd st.
Row 38 and all WS rows purl.
In the RS rows 39, 41, 43, 45 make 1 st before and 1 st after the marked stitch: sl1, knit till marker, m1, sm, k1, m1, knit to the last st, p1, You increase by 2 sts in each of these rows. In row 46 you'll have 91 sts. Remove the marker.
Row 47(increase sts for skirt) : sl 1, kfr&b across to the last st, p1 = 180 sts (1+89x2+1=180)

Row 48: sl 1, purl to the end of the row.

Row 49: *knit 5, p1 - rep from * across the row, join and continue to work in rounds, mark the beginning of the round.

Skirt

Round: 1: *yo, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, yo, p1 - rep from * 30 times.

Round 2: *k 5, p 1 - rep from * 30 times

Round 3: *k 1, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k1, p1 - rep from * 30 times

Round 4: repeat round 2.

Repeat rounds 1-4 one more time

Round 9: repeat round 1

Round 10: repeat round 2

Round 11 (increase of sts between the lace pattern repeats): *k 1, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k1 , m1, p1, m1 - rep from * 30 times. = 240 sts

Round 12: *k5, p3 - rep from * 30 times

Round 13: *yo, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, yo, p3 - rep from * 30 times.

Round 14: repeat round 12.

Round 15: *k 1, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k1, p3 - rep from * 30 times.

Round 16: repeat round 12.

Repeat rounds 13-16 seven times more.

Round 45: repeat round 13.

Round 46: repeat round 14.

Round 47 (increase the number of sts between the lace pattern repeats): * k1, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k1, m1, p3, m1 - rep from * 30 times = 300 sts

Round 48: * k5, p5 - rep from 30 times

Round 49: *yo, k2tog tbl, k1, k2tog, yo, p5 - rep from * 30 times.

Round 50: * k 5, p 5 - rep from * 30 times

Round 51: *k 1, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k 1, p 5 - rep from * 30 times

Round 52: * k 5, p 5 - rep from * 30 times

Repeat rounds 49-52 five more times.

Work 4 more rounds in garter stitch. Bind off.

Sleeves:

Sleeves are shaped with short rows, then worked in the round.
Transfer 50 sts from waste yarn on dpn, distribute the sts evenly, mark the beg of the round, pu&k 3 sts underarm = 53 sts
(Note: the round begins before the underarm sts)
Short Rows (1):


knit 50 sts till the underarm sts, w&t
purl back 45 sts, w&t
knit 40 sts, w&t
purl back 35 sts, w&t
knit 30 sts, w&t
purl back 25 sts, w&t
knit 20 sts, w&t
purl back 35 sts, picking up all wraps and purling them together with wrapped sts, w&t,

knit 50 sts, picking up all wraps and knitting them together with wrapped st.


Go on working in the rounds, knit rounds 1 - 9 = 53 sts.
Round 10: k4, *k2tog - rep 24 times, k1. = 29 sts.
Work 4 more rounds in garter st. Bind off.


Button Band:

Uncoil the cast-on tail yarn. With the RS facing, insert hook in the first edge st space, yo and pull through the edge space.

*Ch2, skip the next edge st space, sc in each of the next 3 edge sts spaces -rep. from * 5 times along the right back edge to make the button loops. Then continue along the

edge of the left back: sc in each edge st.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Sew on buttons. Decorate the dress with beads, crystals, other embellishments to your taste.

Enjoy!


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Poster: Mary Harrison
March 22, 2018

Is the wool equivalent to double knitting or 4 ply please?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 30, 2018

The yarn is fingering weight, 2-ply.
Poster: Yvonne
March 4, 2018

My granddaughter is going to love this beautiful dress for her dollies she love all her dolls especially with the hand knitted dresses. Thank you to whoever worked this outfit out.
Poster: Lois M
May 15, 2017

I am working on the short rows on the sleeves. I have tried many times but after purling back 45 stitches w/t and knitting 50 stitches, I cannot come back to the beginning of the round. What might I not be doing right?
Poster: Amy O'C
May 13, 2016

This is a lovely dress and I'm looking forward to knitting this up. I studied the pattern well and I think I would be confident at work this.

Can I get a little clarification for row 18 please. The pattern calls for a yarn over increase at the back and front only, increasing the row by 4 each time. How does this work? As in, where do I work the yarn over increases? Of course, it might fall into place easily once I begin work and come to this row.
Poster: pam speelman
March 3, 2016

how can I convert the lace skirt to straight knit since I am not good at knit in the round? thanks
Poster: Bev
January 12, 2016

I have knitted a lot but I find this hard to follow. After joining and starting the round. Rnd 1 & 2 I got but then are you to continue following the lace pattern in rounds from then on or continue just doing the round 1 as listed. I have ripped this out so many times I am getting frustrated. Thanks for the help
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 12, 2016

I have made a correction to that part of the pattern. Hopefully this will make it easier to understand. Please let me know if you still have trouble with it.
The lace pattern is worked on 5 sts and 4 rounds. You can make the following list for yourself and cross off each round after you made it:
Round 1 – lace pattern round 1
Round 2 – lace pattern round 2
Round 3 – lace pattern round 3
Round 4 – lace pattern round 4
Round 5 – lace pattern round 1
Round 6 - lace pattern round 2
Round 7 – lace pattern round 3
Round 8 - lace pattern round 4, etc.
Poster: Pauline
March 30, 2016

What is the pattern for round 4 in the lace pattern it just says repeat 1-4...my other question is row. 17 my count is 15sts 52sts,30sts,52sts,15sts....in row 18 it says I should have only 50 were my 52 is..
Poster: Sue
April 2, 2018

Rounds 1-10: *5 sts lace pattern, p1 - rep from * 30 times . I'm not sure where the p1 is done.
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