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Wellie Wishers Doll Dress and Cardigan (14 inch doll)

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Dress and Cardigan Knitting Pattern

I've recently gotten into the Wellie Wishers line of dolls and have been working up some outfits for them. For those who don't know, Wellie Wishers are a brand new line from the American Girl Doll company. They are sized a little smaller than the regular American Girl Dolls. This outfit will fit HeartsForHearts Dolls as well.

This dress-and-cardigan ensemble is perfect for the fall weather, when it's still warm enough to wear a skirt, but the evenings are getting chillier. Of course, the items can be knitted and worn separately.

The Knit Picks yarn I picked beautifully matches Wellie Wishers Camille's blue eyes.

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Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2 tog), slip-slip-knit (ssk)

-Working in the round on double pointed needles

-Picking up stitches

Materials: Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g color Cream Blue - 0.5 balls,
Sock yarn of fingering weight - 1/3 ball (150 m)

Notions: 4 stitch markers, yarn needle, 3 sew-on snaps, sewing needle and thread of matching color.

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles and double pointed needles (dpn) for sleeves OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 30 sts x 40 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
ssk – slip, slip, knit (left slanting decrease)
kfr&b - knit into front and back
pu&k- pick up and knit
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.

sm - slip marker
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

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:
Round 1: purl
Round 2: knit
Repeat 2 rounds.

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

Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of marked stitch in every RS row. There are 4 raglan lines (marked sts), so every RS row the number of sts increases by 8.

Dress

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

The sleeves are worked on dpn in the round.

With solid colored yarn, cast on 38 sts, work 2 foundation rows in garter stitch - knit both rows.

Check the stitches and place markers: 1 selvedge - 3 button band - 3 back - 1 raglan (place the first marker before this st) - 6 sleeve - 1 raglan (place the second marker before this st) - 8 front - 1 raglan (place the third marker before this st) - 6 sleeve - 1 raglan (place the forth marker before this st) - 3 back - 3 button band - 1 selvedge.

Row 1 (RS and all RS rows, increase rows): sl 1, *knit all sts till the marker, m1, sm, k1, m1 - repeat from * 4 times, knit the remaining sts till the last one, p1. (after row 1 = 46 srs, row 3 = 54 sts, after row 5 = 62 sts, after row 7 = 70 sts, after row 9 = 78 sts, after row 11 = 86 sts, after row 13 =94 sts, after row 15 =102 sts)

Row 2 (WS and all WS rows): sl 1, k3, purl all sts till the last 4, k3, p1.

Repeat rows 3-4 seven more times.

Divide for sleeves and bodice

Row 17 (RS): sl1, knit 15, transfer the next 22 to a piece of waste yarn, cast on 3, knit 26, transfer the next 22 sts to a piece of waste yarn, cast on 3, knit 15, purl 1. (= 64 sts)

Row 18 (WS): sl1, k3, purl to the last 4, k3, p1. Cut solid color yarn. Attach sock multi-color yarn and continue with it.

Row 19 (RS): sl1, k3, *kfr&b, p1 - repeat to last 4 sts, k3, p1. (= 92 sts)

Row 20 (WS): sl1, k3, *k1, p2 - repeat to last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Row 21 (RS): sl 1, k3, *k2, p1 - repeat to last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Row 22 (WS): as row 20.

Row 23 (RS increase row): sl1, k3, * k2, m1, p1 - repeat to last 4, k3, p1. (=120 sts)

Row 24 (WS): sl1, k3, * k1, p3 - repeat to last 4, k3, p1.

Row 25 (RS): sl1, k3, *k3, p1 - repeat ro last 4, k3, p1.

Repeat rows 24 and 25 four more times. Repeat row 24 one more time.

Row 35/round 1 (RS): sl 1, k3, *k3, p1 - repeat to last 4, transfer the last 4 sts of the left button band to a spare needle,

position it over the beginning 4 sts of the right button band, left and spare needle in left hand. Insert the right needle in the first stitch

on the spare needle, then in the first stitch on the left needle and knit both sts together. Repeat with the remaining 3 sts.

Place a marker between the sts of the button band - leave 2 sts in the end of the round and 2 sts in the beginning of the round.

Rounds 2-7: *k3, p1 - repeat from * across the round.

Round 8: *m1, k3, p1 - repeat from * across the round

Round 9: *k4, p1 - repeat from * across the round.

Repeat round 9 seventeen more times or to desired length.

Work the last 4 rounds in garter stitch. Bind off.

Sleeves

Transfer 22 sts from waste yarn to dpn, distributing them evenly, pu&k 3 sts underarm = 25 sts

The round will start at underarm sts. Knit 7 rounds. Work 4 more rounds in garter stitch. Bind off.

Finishing

Weave in yarn ends, sew on snaps on the button band.

Cardigan

Materials: Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g color Cream Blue - 0.5 balls
Notions: 4 stitch markers, yarn needle, 3 small buttons, sew needle, sewing thread of matching color.

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles and double pointed needles for sleeves OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 30 sts x 40 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

The cardigan is worked top-down, seamless, back and forth in stockinette stitch with raglan sleeves.

Raglan increases are worked with m1 before and after the marked raglan stitches in each right side (RS) row, thus the number of stitches in each RS row is increased by 8.

The button band is worked in garter stitch - all rows knit. The button holes are made on right front (RS, the end of the row) by k2tog, yo in the following rows: 3, 13, and 23.

Cast on 43 sts. Work 2 rows in garter stitch - both rows knit. Check sts and place markers:
1 selvedge - 3 button band - 4 front - 1 raglan (place a marker before this st) - 7 sleeve - 1 raglan (place the second marker before this st) - 9 back - 1 raglan (place the third marker before this st) - 7 sleeve - 1 raglan (place the forth marker before this st) - 4 front - 3 bb - 1 selvedge.

Row 3 (RS and all RS rows, increase rows): sl1, *knit all sts till marker, m1, sm, k1, m1, repeat from * 4 times, knit the remaining sts to last 4 sts, yo, k2tog, p1. (=51 sts)

Row 4 (WS): sl 1, k3, purl to last 4 sts, k3, p1.

Row 5 (RS and all RS rows, increase rows): sl1, *knit all sts till marker, m1, sm, k1, m1, repeat from * 4 times, knit the remaining sts to last st, p1. (=59 sts)

Repeat rows 4-5 three more times.

After row 7 = 67 sts

After row 9 = 75 sts

After row 11 = 83 sts

Row 12 (WS): repeat row 4.

Row 13 (WS): repeat row 3. (= 91 sts)

Repeat rows 4-5 three more times.

After row 15 = 99 sts

After row 17 = 107 sts

After row 19 = 115 sts

Divide for sleeves and bodice

Row 21 (RS): sl 1, k17, transfer 25 sts to a piece of waste yarn, cast on 5, k 29, cast on 5, transfer 25 sts to a piece of waste yarn, k17, p1. (= 75 sts)

Row 22 (WS): sl1, k3, p67, k3, p1.

Row 23 (RS): sl1, knit to last 4 sts,yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 24 (WS): repeat row 22.

Row 25 (RS): sl1, knit to last st, p1.

Repeat rows 24-25 two more times.

Row 30 (WS): repeat row 22.

Rows 31-34: work in garter stitch. Bind off. Cut yarn.

Sleeves

Transfer 25 sts to dpn, distributing them evenly, pu&k 5 sts underarm = 30 sts. A round begins with the first underarm stitch.

Knit 4 rounds.

Round 5: work underarm sts in the following way: k2tog, k1, ssk, work the remaining sts as established = 28 sts.

Rounds 6-14 knit 28 sts.

Round 15: knit together the last st of the previous round and the first st of the 15th round, k1, ssk, knit the rest stitches = 26 sts

Rounds 16-24 knit 26 sts

Round 25 work as round 15 = 24 sts

Work rounds 26 - 30 knit 24 sts. Work 4 more rounds in garter stitch, bind off. Cut yarn.

Finishing

Weave in the yarn ends. Sew 3 small buttons onto the left front.


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Poster: Iris
December 18, 2017

Thank you for this cute and easy instructions to follow!

Do you have a pattern for toddlers? If so, please, forward it to my e-mail.

Thanks,

Iris
Poster: Louise
October 15, 2016

What a treat to receive this unexpected charming free pattern. Thanks!

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