Free Doll Tunic Knitting Pattern
For this winter tunic, I used a self-striping yarn for the yoke and sleeves, and a solid yarn for the body. This gives it a bit of the look of Nordic-style colorwork. This would be a perfect garment for your doll to wear on her skiing trip!
The solid-colored portion of the tunic is decorated with cables. It features a back closure for easy on-and-off with 14-inch dolls.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing: make 1, knit front and back (kfr&b)
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches
Materials: Magic Stripes by Lion Brand (affiliate link) sport weight yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) 330 yds/302 m in 100g/3.53 ounces, color 206 Lumberjack – 1 ball (you only need a small amount) (A)
Nature Spun Sport by Brown Sheep (affiliate link) sport weight yarn (100% wool, 184 yds/168 m in 50 gr/1.76 ounces, color Red Fox – 1 ball (B)
Needles: US #1 (2.25) circular and double pointed needles for sleeves, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge for garter st:
24 sts x 48 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)
Notions: Cable needle, 4 stitch markers, 2 piece of waste yarn, small sew-on snaps, sewing needle and thread of matching color to sew on the snaps.
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
as est. - as established, work as the previous row
kfr&b - knit into front and back
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.
bb – button band
co – cast on
2/2LC – Slip 2 stitches on cable needle and hold in front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
sm - slip marker
Garter stitch in rows: all rows knit
Garter stitch in rounds: knit the first round, purl the next round. Repeat 2 rounds.
On 4 sts
All WS (even) rows purl.
Rows 1 and 3: k 4
Row 5: slip 2 sts on a cable needle and hold before the work, k the next 2 sts, return the sts from the cable needle to the left needle and knit them one by one. This is 2/2LC.
Repeat rows 1-6.
1x1 rib in rounds:* k1, p1 – repeat to the end of the round.
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last one.
Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of marked stitch in every right side (RS) row.
The tunic is worked top-down back-and-forth with raglan sleeves and button band on the back. The sleeves are worked on dpn in the round.
With yarn A cast on 38 sts, work 2 rows in garter stitch. Check the sts, they are:
1 selvedge - 3 bb - 3 back - 1 raglan (place a 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 bb - 1 edge.
Row 3 (RS and all RS rows, increase row): sl 1, *knit all sts till marker, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, repeat 4 times, knit all sts till the last one, p1.
Row 4 (WS and all WA rows): sl 1, knit all sts to the last one, p1.
Repeat rows 3-4 six more times. In row 16 you'll have 94 sts.
Divide for sleeves and bodice:
The bodice of the tunic is worked in cables (see pattern above).
Row 17 (RS) with yarn B: sl 1, k 3 (bb), (kfr&b, k1) - repeat 5 times, k 1, transfer the next 20 sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, (kfr&b, k1) - repeat 12 times, transfer the next 20 sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 3, k2, (kfr&b, k1) - repeat 5 times, k 2, p 1. = 82 sts
Row 18 (WS): sl1, k3, *p 4, k1, from * repeat 14 times to last 8 sts, p4, k3, p1.
Row 19: (RS) sl1, k3, *k4, p1, from * repeat 14 times, k7, p1.
Row 20 (WS): repeat row 18.
Rows 21-22: repeat rows 19-20.
Row 23 (RS): sl1, k3, *2/2LC, p1, from * repeat 14 times, 2/2LC, k2, p1.
Row 24: repeat row 19.
Repeat rows 19-24 four more times.
Repeat rows 19-20 three more times.
Sleeves are worked on dpn with multi-colored yarn:
Transfer 20 sts on dpn, distributing them evenly, pu&k 3 sts underarm. = 23 sts. Mark the beginning of the round.
Round 1: knit all stitches.
Round 2: purl all stitches
Round 3: knit, work 3 sts underarm in the fol. way: sl 1, k2tog, pass the first over the knitted together (psso) = 21 sts
Work as established (odd rounds knit, even rounds purl) for 31 rounds, or to desired length
Change to solid color and work 1x1 rib in rounds for another 6 rounds. Bind off.
Weave in the ends of yarns. Sew snaps on the button band.