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American Girl Doll Santa's Helper Skirt

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Skirt Knitting Pattern

I designed this knitted skirt as part of the Santa's Helper Outfit that also includes the Santa's Helper Jacket and Santa's Helper Stocking Cap. But of course, this skirt can also be used on its own.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
--Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
--Increasing: knit front and back (kfr&b),
--Working in the round on double pointed needles

Size: fits 18-inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation and other dolls with similar body.

Materials: Lambs Pride Super Wash by Brown Sheep (affiliate link) Co, sport weight 100% wool yarn 180 yds (165 m)/ 50 g, main color (MC): 1 ball, contrast color (CC) - small amount

Needles: double pointed needles (dpn) US #2 (2.75 mm) for the rib pattern and US #3 (3.25 mm) for the main body of the skirt. OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4" x 4") in stockinette st

- stitch marker
- yarn needle

dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
St, sts – stitch, stitches
as est. - as established, work as the pattern demands,
co – cast on
kfr&b - knit the same st first through the front loop then through the back loop

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit

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

1x1 Rib in rounds: multiple of 2
All rounds: *k1, p1 - repeat from * around

Short overview of the pattern:

The skirt is worked top-down, seamlessly, on dpn. The belt is worked in 1x1 rib on smaller needles, the body of the skirt is worked in stockinette on larger needles, the hem of the skirt is worked in garter stitch. The skirt is worked in red yarn with 1 stripe and hem in green yarn.


With smaller needles and red yarn, co 64 sts, distribute evenly 16 sts on each of 4 needles, close into round and continue to work in rounds.

Work 8 rounds in 1 x 1 rib: *k1, p1 - repeat from * around.

Round 9 (increase round):* k1, kfr&b - repeat from * around. = 96 sts

Round 10: change to larger needles and knit around.

Work rounds 10-25 as round 10. The next 2 rounds are worked in green yarn, DO NOT cut the red yarn, leave it in the back.

Round 26: green yarn: knit around

Round 27: purl around, leave green yarn in the back, continue with red yarn.

Round 28, red yarn: knit around.

Repeat round 28 four more times (rounds 29-32). Cut red yarn, continue with green yarn.

Round 33, green yarn: knit.

Round 34: purl.

Repeat round 33-34 one more time.

The next round knit. Bind off.


Weave in all yarn ends. Block the skirt.

Have fun!

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