Free Doll Jumper Knitting Pattern
This jumper dress for your American Girl Doll is the perfect piece for that wholesome country look. It features some ribbing at the waist that hugs the hips and adds shape. You can easily change the width and spacing of the contrast color bands in the skirt to achieve exactly the look you want. Feel free to play around!
You can purchase this jumper from our Etsy store!
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Picking up stitches
Materials: Grace by Patons sport weight yarn (100% Mercerized Cotton), 125m (136 yds)/50 gr - 1 ball of blue and some amount of white;
2 small white buttons 5-6 mm,
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) circular needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge for stockinette stitch: 26 st = 4" (10 cm)
Notions: yarn needle, 2 small buttons, sewing needle and sewing thread to attach the buttons.
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
as est. - as established, work as the pattern demands, here knit the RS rows and purl the WS rows.
co – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
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
Garter Stitch in rows: all rows knit
Garter stitch in rounds:
Round 1 and all odd rounds: knit
Round 2 and all even rounds: purl
Repeat 2 rounds
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: all rounds knit
1x1 Rib in rounds: all rounds k1, p1
Selvedge stitches: knit the first stitch and purl the last
The jumper is worked top down, starting from the front bib, the skirt is worked in the round, the back straps are added with pick-up stitches.
Cast on 18 stitches. Work 5 rows in garter stitch (all rows knit).
Row 6 and all even rows (WS): k 4, purl to the last 4 sts, k 3, p 1.
Row 7 (RS) and rows 11, 15, 19 and 23: knit to the last st, p 1.
Row 9 and rows 13, 17, and 21 (RS, increase rows): k 4, m 1, knit to the last 4 sts, m 1, k 3, p 1. In each of these rows the number of sts is increased by 2. After row 9 = 20 sts.
After row 13 = 22 sts
After row 17 = 24 sts
After row 21 = 26 sts
Row 25: k 26, cast on 36 sts, join into round and continue to work in-the-round, be careful not to twist the sts.
The jumper is worked in blue, to make white stripes work the following rounds in white (optional): 10-11; 17-19; 29-30; 37-39.
Round 1: k26, work 1x1 rib (k1, p1) over the the cast-on 36 stitches. = 62 sts
Rounds 2-8: k 26, (k1, p1) over 36 stitches. = 62 sts
Round 9: *k1, m1 - repeat across the round. = 124 sts
Rounds 10-43: knit
Work the next 6 rounds in garter stitch: rounds 44, 46, 48 purl, rounds 45, 47, 49 knit. Bind off. Cut yarn, weave in the ends.
Count 12 sts from the right edge of the bib, pu&k the next 12 sts. Work 12 rows in garter stitch (all rows knit) : k11, p1.
in row 13, divide for 2 straps: work 6 sts from your ball of yarn, then work the next 6 sts
from a new ball of yarn: k5, p1. After the division work 26 rows on each strap, in row 27 make buttonholes: k2, k2tog, yo, k1, p1. Work 3 more rows and bind off. Cut yarn.
Weave in the ends. Sew buttons to the front bib.