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American Girl MINI Doll Sundress

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing (yarn over, knitting front and back)

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

Materials: Knit Picks Shadow Kettle-Dyed lace weight yarn, 100% merino wool, 440 yards (402 meters)/50 gr - 1 skein (small amount)

Needles: circular 1.5 mm (US #000) and dpn 1.5 mm, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 40 st x 56 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


- Stitch markers

- Yarn needle

- 3 small buttons or small sew-on snaps

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

RS - right side
WS - wrong side
k - knit
p - purl
yo - yarn over
kfr&b knit front and back
bb - button band

sm - slip marker

Pattern Notes

Stockinette in rows:

Row 1 (RS): knit

Row 2: purl

Repeat 2 rows.

Stockinette in rounds: All rounds knit.

Garter stitch in rows: all rows knit

Garter stitch in rounds: knit the first round, purl the next round. Repeat 2 rounds

The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch knitwise and purl the last one.

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by working yarn over (yo) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every right side (RS) row: yo, sm (slip marker), k1 (raglan st), yo. Thus the number of stitches in each RS row is increased by 8.

Button Band (bb) is worked in garter stitch on 3 stitches in the beginning and in the end of each row. In rows 3, 9, and 15, make button holes: knit all sts to the last 3: yo, k2tog, purl the last st. In the next row, knit all 3 stitches of the bb. Alternatively, you can choose not to make button holes and use small metal sew-on snaps instead of buttons.


The dress is worked top-down, back and forth with a button band on the back, then in the round. The dress is worked in stockinette st with raglan sleeves.


With circular needles cast on 34 sts: 3 sts (selvedge and bb) – 2 sts (right back) - 1 st (the first raglan line, place a marker before this st) – 6 sts (right sleeve0 - 1 st (the second raglan line, place the second marker before this st) – 8 sts front – 1 st (the third raglan line, place the third marker before this st) – 6 sts (left sleeve) – 1 st (the forth raglan line, place the forth marker before this st) – 2 sts (left back) – 3 sts (bb and selvedge).

Rows 1-2: knit

Row 3 (RS, and all RS rows, increase rows): *knit to the marker, yo, sm, k1, yo - repeat from * 4 times, knit to last st, p1, ( + 8 in each odd row)

Row 4 (WS and all WS rows): k3, purl all sts to last 3, k2, p1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 three more times.

After row 3 = 42 sts

After row 5 = 50 sts

After row 7 = 58 sts

After row 9 = 66 sts

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 11 (RS): knit 10, bind off 14, knit 18, bind off 14, knit 9, p 1.

Row 12 (WS): k 3, p 7, cast on 3, p 18, cast on 3, p 7, k 2, p 1 = 44 sts

Row 13 (RS): knit all sts to the last one, p 1.

Row 14 (WS): k 3, p 38, k 2, p 1

Row 15 (RS, eyelet row): k 3, *yo, k2 tog - repeat from * across to the last 3 sts, k 2, p 1.

Row 16 (WS): k 3, purl 38, k 2, p 1.

Row 17 (RS, increase row): k3, *kfr&b, k1 - repeat from * to the last 3, k 2, p 1. = 63 sts

Row 18 (WS and all WS rows): k3, p to last 3, k2, p1

Row 19 (RS and all RS rows): knit to the last, p1.

Repeat rows 18-19 four more times.

You can continue in rows to desired length with button bands to the hem, or change to dpn, join and continue to work in rounds.

In row 27, knit to last 3 sts, transfer the last 3 sts to a spare needle, position the needle underr the first 3 sts. Holding 2 needles in the left hand, insert the working (right) needle in the first st on the upper needle, then in the first st on the lower needle, knit both sts together. Repeat for the remaining 2 (2 and 2) stitches of the bb. In this way, you overlap the button bands and join the work into a round.

Work 18 rounds in stockinette – all rounds knit. Work 4 more rounds in garter stitch: 1 round purl, the next knit, the next purl, the next knit. Bind off.


Weave in yarn ends, sew on buttons or snaps. Thread a ribbon through the eyelet row. Decorate the dress with beads or other embellishments.

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May 25, 2018

is there any way to adapt these lovely patterns to straight needles I cant knit on circulars. :( thank you for any help.

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