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American Girl Doll Winter Nights Cardigan

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Cardigan Knitting Pattern

This casual knitted cardigan is a perfect warm layer for your doll, whether she's sipping hot chocolate in front of the fire, or skating around an ice rink. It features raglan-style sleeves and an elastic waist and cuffs, for that sporty look!

This cardigan is worked seamlessly top-down and side-to-side.

Materials: Knit Picks Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g, color Red– 1 ball
4 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, 7 small buttons

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 44 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette st.

k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
ssk – slip, slip, knit (left slanting decrease): slip 1 stitch knitwise from left needle to right needle, knit the next stitch, insert the tip of the LH needle into the slipped stitch and bring it over the knitted stitch.
sl 1 - k2tog – psso - slip 1 – knit 2 together - pass slipped stitch over
psso - pass slipped stitch over is a 2 stitch decrease, here it’s made in the following way: slip 1 stitch knitwise from left needle to right needle, knit the next 2 stitches together, insert the tip of the LH needle into the slipped stitch and bring it over the knitted 2 stitches.
pu&k- pick up and knit
co – cast on
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.
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Pattern Notes:

Garter stitch in rows: All rows knit

Stockinette in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows.

Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit.

2x2 rib in rows:
Row 1: * k2, p2 – repeat from * to the end of row;
Row 2: *p2, k2 - repeat from * to the end of row. Repeat 2 rows.

2x2 rib in rounds:
all rounds: *k2, p2 – repeat from * to the ends of the row.

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

Raglan increases:
Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of marked stitches.

Raglan: All increases for raglan are done in odd/right side (RS) rows in the following way:
Work until 1 stitch remains before the marker, m1, knit 2 (the marker is between these 2 stitches), m1. Repeat on all raglan lines, thus 8 stitches are added in each RS row. In each following wrong side row, purl the m1 stitches.

Button band (bb) is worked together with the body of the cardigan in garter stitch, all rows knit.

Button holes are worked on the right bb in the beginning of the row: 1 edge, k1, yo, k 2 tog. In the next row all sts knit. Make button holes in the 4th, 14th, 24th, 34th, 44th, 54 and 64th rows


The cardigan is worked top-down back-and-forth, with raglan sleeves and button band on the front. The sleeves are worked on dpn in the round.


Cast on 58 stitches.

Work 4 rows in 2 x 2 rib pattern in the following way:

Row 1 (RS): k1 (selvedge), k3 (button band), *k 2, p2 – repeat from * to the last 4 stitches, k 3, p 1.

Distribute the stitches and place the markers as follows:

1 edge - 3 button band - 5 right front - 2 raglan sts (place the 1st marker between these 2 sts) - 10 right sleeve - 2 raglan sts (place the 2nd marker between these 2 sts) - 12 back - 2 raglan sts (place the 3rd marker between these 2 sts) - 10 left sleeve - 2 raglan sts (place the 4th marker between these 2 sts) - 5 left front - 3 sts button band, 1 edge st.

Row 5 (RS): work this and all odd/RS rows: knit all stitches, make raglan increases as described above. Purl the last stitch.

Row 6 and all even/WS rows: k 4, purl all sts to the last 4, k3, p1.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until you get to row 31.

Divide for sleeves and bodice

Row 31: k 24 till the first marker, transfer the next 38 sts (till the 2nd marker) to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k 40 till the 3rd marker, transfer the next 38 sts (till the 4th marker) to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k 23, p 1. = 94 sts

Row 32: k 4, purl all stitches, including the cast on ones, to the last 4, k3, p1.

Work as established (in stockinette, button band in garter st, don't forget about the button holes every 10 rows) till row 60, or to desired length.

Rows 60-68: k 4, work 2x2 rib till the last 4 sts, k3, 1 p.

Bind off.


Transfer 38 stitches from waste yarn to dpn, distribute evenly. Pick up and knit (pu&k) 3 sts underarm. = 41 sts. Mark the beginning of the round.

Knit 4 rounds.

Round 5: psso underarm stitches, knit the rest = 39 sts

Knit 26 more rounds, at the same time in rounds 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 make decreases in the following way: k1 (underarm st), k2tog, knit to the last 2 sts, ssk the last 2 stitches.

Rounds 32-40: *k2, p2 - repeat from * to the last st, knit the last st.

Bind off.


Weave in the ends of yarn. Sew on 6 buttons.

Have fun!

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Poster: Marina
October 28, 2017

This beautiful sweater is going to help me learn to knit yokes.. I AM SO GRATEFUL WITH YOU!

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