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American Girl Doll Country Style Autumn Cardigan

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Cardigan Knitting Pattern

My doll needed something warm to wear with her blue jeans this fall, so I knitted this country-style cardigan.

The cardigan is knitted seamless from the top down, back and forth. I often like to do the button band and edging separately after the garment is done, but in this case, the whole thing is knitted as one piece, making the project very streamlined.

To add spice, I worked a motif of eyelets every 10th row. It gives the cardigan an interesting texture. The buttonholes in the button band line with the eyelets for an added bit of symmetry.

I think your doll will love sporting this casual cardi around town.

Materials: Sinfonia by Omega sport weight yarn (100% cotton), 218 yards (199 meters) / 100 gr, color Brick  – 0.5 skein,
5 small buttons

Needles: circular US2 (2.75mm) and dpn for the sleeves OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette st: 24 sts x 38 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

Pattern Notes

1x1 rib in Rows:
Row 1: * knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from *
Row 2: * purl 1, knit 1 – repeat from *

1x1 rib in Rounds:
All rounds * knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from *

Stockinette St in Rows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl

Stockinette St in Rounds
All rounds: knit

Garter Stitch:
All rows: knit

Selvedge Stitches
The 1st and last stitches of the pattern are selvedge stitches.
selvedge stitches are used to make the edges of the work even and smooth.
In this pattern I slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch.

Button holes are worked on the button band in the following way: k1 (selvedge), knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1. Work button holes in rows 3, 13, 23, 33, 43.

k – knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
co - cast on
yo - yarn over
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
pu&k - pick up and knit
dpn – double-pointed needles


The cardigan is worked top-down, seamlessly, back and forth on circular needles from mid-front.

Cast on 54 sts (includes 2 selvedge and 6 button band sts, 4 sts on each side towards mid front)

Rows 1-4: k1 (selvedge), k3 (button band), 1x1 rib 46 sts, k 3 (button band), p 1 (selvedge).

Rows 5-6: k1 (selvedge), k 3 (button band), work in stockinette until the last 4 sts, k3 (button band), p1 (selvedge).

Row 7: k1 (selvedge), k3 (button band), yo, *k 2, yo -rep from * 23 times, k 3 (button band), p 1 (selvedge) = 78 sts

Rows 8-12 work as rows 5-6.

Row 13: k1 (selvedge), k3 (button band), yo, *k 2, yo -rep from * 35 times, k 3 (button band), p 1 (selvedge) = 114 sts

Rows 14-18 work as rows 5-6.

Divide for sleeves and bodice:

Row 19: k1 (selvedge), k 19, transfer the next 22 sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k 30, transfer the next 22 to a piece of waste yarn, co 3 , k 19, p 1.

Row 20: k1 (selvedge), k 3 (button band), p 68, k 3 (button band), p 1 (selvedge)

Row 21: 1 edge, knit to last st, p 1.

Row 22: same as 20.

Row 23: k1 (selvedge), k2tog, yo, k1, *k 1, k2tog, yo - repeat from * to the last 6 sts, k5, p1.

Rows 24-32: k1 (selvedge), k 3 (button band), work in stockinette until the last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Row 33 as 23,

Rows 34-42: k1 (selvedge), k 3 (button band), work in stockinette until the last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Row 43 as 23,

Rows 44-45: k1 (selvedge), k 3 (button band), work in stockinette until the last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Work 4 more rows in 1x1 rib. Bind off. Cut yarn.



Transfer 22 sts from a waste yarn to dpn, distribute the stitches evenly. Pick up and knit 3 sts underarm. Mark the beginning of the round. = 25 sts

Work 35 rounds in stockinette, work 4 more rounds in 1x1 rib. Bind off. Cut yarn.



Weave in the ends of the yarn. Block the piece. Sew on buttons.


There are 4 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Ann
October 2, 2017

Very sweet little sweater pattern. I have made several & everyone likes how the little cardi works with other outfits. Thank you.
Poster: janny lehmann
October 6, 2016

I am confused with the pattern for autumn cardigan sweater. I start with 54 sts but when I get to row 19 it sais k1 than k19 stransfer 22 co 3 k30 transfer 22 co3. k19, p1. That makes 113 stiches. I cast on only54 stishes.
Poster: Violet
October 2, 2016

Thank you for all your knitting patterns for 18inch American Dolls. I have made the green gown a couple of times and some of you other patterns as well. love them , Thanks again
Poster: L Martin
October 1, 2016

This sweater is as beautiful as any I've ever seen worn--be that by human, doll, or dachshund at PetSmart.

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