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American Girl Doll Faux-Pleat Skirt

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Skirt Knitting Pattern

This doll skirt is easy to knit. Evenly spaced raised lines create the illusion of a classic pleated skirt.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing: make 1 (m1)
-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: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Telemark sport weight yarn (100% wool), 50 g/ 103 yds (94m) – 1 ball

Needles: double pointed needles (dpn) US #3 (3.25 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stockinette st: 20 sts x 30 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

yarn needle

k - knit
p - purl
m1 - make 1 increase - I 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
sm - slip marker
pm - place marker
rm - remove marker

Pattern Notes:

Reversed stockinette in rounds:
All rounds purl

1 x 1 Rib in rounds:
All rounds *k1, p1 - repeat from * around

Short Overview of the Pattern:

The skirt is worked top-down, seamlessly, in rounds, on double pointed needles. The belt and hem are worked in 1 x 1 rib, the main part of the skirt is worked in reversed stockinette, with knit stitches spaced evenly to make the illusion of pleats. The A-shape of the skirt is achieved by increasing the number of stitches between the knit stitches.


Cast on 60 stitches, distribute them evenly on 4 dpn (15 sts per needle), join in to round, place a marker at the beginning of the round, slip marker while working.

Work 4 rounds in 1x1 rib : *k1, p1 - repeat from * around.

Round 5:* p4, k1 - repeat from * 12 times

Repeat round 5 four (4) more times

Round 10 (increase round): *m1, p4, k1 - repeat from * 12 times. = 72 sts

Round 11: *p5, k1 - repeat from * 12 times.

Repeat round 11 seven more times.

Round 19 (increase round): *p5, m1, k1 - repeat from * 12 times = 84 sts

Round 20: *p6, k1 - repeat from * 12 times

Repeat round 20 nine more times.

Round 30 (increase round): *m1, p6, k1 - repeat from * 12 times = 96 sts

Round 31: * p7, k1 - repeat from * 12 times

Repeat round 31 nine more times

Work 2 more rounds in 1 x 1 rib: "k1, p1 - repeat from * around.

Bind off.


Weave in all yarn ends.

Have fun!

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