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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

American Girl Doll Vintage Pillbox Hat

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Hat Knitting Pattern

Celebrate with your doll like it's the 50s! This vintage-style pillbox hat is a perfect complement to the American Girl Doll Vintage Double-Breasted Jacket.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
---Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
---Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog),
---Working in the round on double pointed needles (dpn)

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

Materials: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams - 1 skein.

Needles: double pointed needles (dpn) US #6 (4mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette st: 19 st x 28rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

yarn needle, 1 decorative button or pin of contrast color, sewing needle and thread of matching color.

k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
cdd - central double decrease: slip 2 sts together as if to knit, knit the next stitch, pass both slipped sts over just knited.
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.
yo - yarn over
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
sm - slip marker
pm - place marker
rm - remove marker

Pattern Notes:

Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit

Reversed Stockinette in rounds: All rounds purl

Short Overview of the Pattern:

The hat is worked in rounds on double pointed needles (dpn), without seams, bottom up You can decorate the hat with a button, crochet or felted flower.


Cast on 56, distribute evenly on 4 dpn, join into rounds taking care not to twist the stitches.

Work 12 rounds in stockinette: all rounds knit.

Rounds 13-15 work in reversed stockinette: all rounds- purl.

Rounds 16 - 20: knit

Rounds 21-23: purl

Rounds 24 -27: knit

Round 28: * k5, k2tog -repeat from * 8 times

Round 29: knit

Round 30: * k4, k2tog - repeat from * 8 times

Round 31: * k3, k2tog - repeat from * 8 times

Round 32: knit

Round 33: * k2, k2tog - repeat from * 8 times

Round 34: knit

Round 35: * k1, k2tog - repeat from * 8 times

Round 36: knit

Round 37: k2tog 8 times

Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Pull through all the remaining sts and secure.


Weave in all yarn ends. To shape the hat, thread a tapestry needle with a piece of the same yarn and sew over the rolled brim and 2 rows of reversed stockinette on one side to slightly gather them. You can leave the hat as it is, or decorate over this seam with a pin, button, crochet or felted flower.

Have fun!

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