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American Girl Doll Caramel Popcorn Summer 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)

-Basic chrocheting

Materials: Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color 806 Light Gold – 0.5 skein (A)
Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color 843 Dark Cinnamon – 0.25 skein (B)

Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
Crochet hook: 2.5 mm

Gauge for stockinette st: 28 sts x 36 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)


- Stitch marker

- Yarn needle

- 5 small buttons

- Sewing needle and thread of color matching the yarn for attaching the buttons

Pattern Notes

1x1 Rib in rows:
Row 1: * knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from *
Row 2: * purl 1, knit 1 – repeat from *

Repeat 2 rows.

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

Repeat 2 rows

Stockinette Stitch in Rounds
All rounds: knit

Garter Stitch in Rows:
All rows: knit

Garter Stitch in Rounds:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl

Repeat 2 rounds

Selvedge/edge Stitches: Knit the first stitch and purl the last stitch.

k – knit
p - purl
kfr&b - knit into front and back
yo - yarn over
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

sc - single crochet

ch - chain


The dress is worked top-down, seamlessly, first back and forth, then in the round. The button band is crocheted along the right edge of the back opening.

With color B yarn, cast on 46 stitches. Work 1x1 rib 4 rows.

Row 1 (RS): *k1, p1 - repeat from * 23 times. (=46 sts)

Repeat row 1 three more times.
Row 5 (RS): k45, p1.
Row 6 (WS): k1, p45.
Row 7 (RS, with color A): k3, *yo, k2 - repeat from * 21 times, p 1 = 67 sts
Row 8 (WS): k1, p66

Row 9 (RS): k66, p1.

Repeat rows 8-9 one more time. Repeat row 8 one more time.

Row 13 (RS): k3, *yo, k2 - repeat from * 30 times, yo, k3, p1. (= 98 sts)
Row 14 (WS): k1, p97

Change to color B.
Row 15: k97, p1. Repeat row 15 three more times.

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 19 (RS): k16, bind off 18 sts, knit 30, bind off 18 sts, knit 15, p 1.
Row 20 (WS): k16, cast on 5, k 30, cast on 5, k15, p 1 = 72 sts


Change to color A:
Row 21 (RS): k71, p1.

Row 22 (WS): k1, p71.

Repeat row 21-22 four more times.
Row 31 (RS, belt row): k2, * yo, k2tog - rep to last 2 sts, k 1, p 1
Row 32 (WS): k1, purl all sts and yos.
Row 33 (RS): k1, * k2, kfr&b - rep to last 2 sts, k1, p1 = 95 sts
Row 34 (WS): k1, p94.

Row 35 (RS): k94, p1.

Repeat rows 34-35 one more time, repeat row 34 one more time.
Row 39/round 1: knit all sts, join into round and continue to work in rounds. Place a marker in the beginning of the round. Slip marker while working. Knit all rounds until otherwise directed.
Work rounds 2-7 in color A.
Work rounds 8-9 in color B.
Round 9: *k2, yo - repeat from to the end of the round. = 142 sts
Continue in color A: knit rounds 10-28
The next 2 rounds work in color B:
Round 29: knit,
Round 30: *k2, yo - repeat from * to the end of the round = 213 sts.
Work in color A to the end of the work. Rounds 31-40 knit.
Work 4 more rounds in garter stitch: rounds 41 and 43 knit, rounds 42 and 44 purl. Bind off.

Button Band: is crocheted along the right edge of the back opening. Fasten yarn to the top of the right back , sc in the next 2 selvedge sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 selvedge sts, sc 3 in the next 3 selvedge sts – repeat 5 times. Tie off.


With yarn B chain a string 20”-22" long. Turn, sc in each chain. Turn, and work sc in each sc. Tie off.
You can also knit the belt: cast on 3 sts and knit them until you have a string about 20” long. Bind off.


Weave in all yarn ends. Sew 5 buttons to the left edge of the back opening. Thread the belt through the eyelets of the 31st row.


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There are 7 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Diane
April 18, 2016

Hi I love this pattern, my granddaughter's doll is 20cm/ 8inches high, will this pattern fit. Thank you in advance.
Poster: Louise
March 9, 2016

kfr&b - I meant knit front and back not knit forward. whoops. wrong term.
Poster: Louise
March 9, 2016

I am not the greatest knitter but have done a few doll dresses ... Row 33: 1 selvedge, * k2, kfr&b - rep to last 2 sts, k1, p1 = 95 sts when I did this row, I assume that kfr&b is knit forward and back which adds a stitch every time, by doing this, I came up with over 100 stitches, more like 135 or something. Can you explain what it is I am doing wrong then .... many thanks, doing this for my granddaughter, it is so cute.
Poster: Manel
February 2, 2016

How do you knit all around the skirt
Poster: Lorraine webb
June 30, 2016

using circular needles
Poster: Saza
January 11, 2016

Hi, Am a little confused. Is instruction for row 34 missing from the pattern text or should it read "row 34-38, odd rows knit, even rows purl"?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 12, 2016

Yes, it was a typo. The instructions should read 34-38. Thank you for pointing this out. I corrected the pattern.

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