Free Doll Sweater and Hat Knitting Pattern
This pattern is for a matched set of a sweater and hat, sized for a 14-inch doll such as Wellie Wishers, Hearts4Hearts, Glitter Girls, Ruby Red Fashions Dolls, etc. The two items use basic stockinette stitch and 1x1 rib, so they are quite beginner friendly and provide a simple yet elegant outfit for this size of doll, which I think is a little harder to find.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
---Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
---Increasing: yarn over (YO), make 1 (m1)
---Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog), slip-slip-knit (ssk)
---Working in the round on double pointed needles
---Working lace patterns
---Picking up stitches
Size: fits 14-inch doll such as Wellie Wishers, Hearts4Hearts, Glitter Girls, Ruby Red Fashions Dolls, etc.
Materials: Gaia by Filati (affiliate link) Bertagna 100% wool light fingering weight yarn 100 m (109 yrd) /25g Colors white, pale blue, blue.
Needles: circular and double pointed needles (dpn) US #1 (2.25mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge: 32 sts x 44 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch.
yarn needle, 4 stitch markers, invisible plastic sew-on snaps, sewing needle and thread of matching color, small embellishments of your choice (optional).
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together
pu&k- pick up and knit
m1 - make 1 increase - 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
Stockinette in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows.
Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit
1x1 Rib in rounds:
All rounds: *k1, p1 - repeat from * around
Garter stitch in rows: all rows knit.
Raglan increases: in every right side (RS) row, work till the marker m1, k1, slip marker (sm), k1, m1. There are 4 raglan lines, repeat on each raglan line, thus the number of sts in each RS row will increase by 8.
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch and purl the last one.
Button Bands (bb) are worked in garter stitch on 3 stitches in the beginning and in the end of each row.
Short Overview of the Pattern:
The sweater is worked top-down, seamlessly, first back and forth for 2 inches, then in rounds. The sweater is worked in stockinette with button bands in garter stitch and raglan increases. The sleeves are worked in rounds on dpn. I show in the instructions where to change yarn to make the stripes, but feel free to make the stripes as wide and where you like them.
With white yarn, cast on 40, work 6 rows in stockinette: RS rows knit, WS rows purl.
Check sts and place markers: 1 edge – 3 right bb - 3 right back - 2 raglan (place the first marker between these 2 sts) - 5 right sleeve - 2 raglan (place the second marker between these 2 sts) - 8 front - 2 raglan (place the third marker between these 2 sts) -5 left sleeve - 2 raglan (place the forth marker between these 2 sts) - 3 left back - 3 left bb - 1 edge
Row 1 (RS): *knit till 1 st remains before marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1 - repeat from * 3 times, knit till last st, p1. + 8 sts
Row 2 (WS): k4, purl till last 4 sts, k3, p1.
Repeat rows 1-2 eight more times. Work rows 1-10 with white yarn, 11-12 with pale blue, 13-14 with white, 15-16 with pale blue, 17-18 with white. After row 18 cut white yarn, leaving a tail of about 4". Continue with pale blue yarn.
The number of sts after
row 1 = 58
row 3 = 66
row 5 = 74
row 7 = 82
row 9 = 90
row 11 = 98
row 13 = 106
row 15 = 114
row 17 = 122
Divide for sleeves and bodice:
Row 19 (RS with pale blue yarn): k17, rm, transfer the next 25 sts on a piece of waste yarn, rm, cast on 3, k28, rm, transfer the next 25 sts on a piece of waste yarn, rm, cast on 3, k16, p1. = 68 sts
Row 20: k4, p60, k3, p1.
Row 21 (RS): k 67, p1
Row 22: k4, p60, k3, p1.
Repeat rows 21-22 two more times.
Closing the work into a round:
Row 25/round 1: knit till the last 4 sts, transfer the last 4 sts to a spare dpn needle, fold the working piece and position the spare needle over the first 4 sts on the left needle. With the right, working needle, insert it in the first st on the spare needle and the first stitch on the left needle, knit both sts together. Repeat for the remaining 3 sts of the bb. The work is closed into round. Place a marker between 2 and 2 sts of the former bb to mark the beginning of the round. = 64 sts
Round 2: knit around. Repeat round 2 fourteen (14)more times. Work rounds 3-4 in blue, rounds 5-6 pale blue, 7-8 blue, 9-10 pale blue , after round 10 cut pale blue yarn leaving about 4" tail, continue with blue yarn.
Rounds 17-22: work 1x1 rib: * k1, p1 - repeat from * around.
Sleeves are worked one at a time with white yarn.
Transfer 25 sts from waste yarn on 3 dpn, pu&k 3 underarm sts/ = 28 sts.
Work 22 rounds in stockinette, all rounds knit. Work 6 more rounds in 1x1 rib: k1, p1 - repeat from * around. Bind off, cut yarn.
Weave in all yarn ends. Sew snaps on the button bands.
The hat is worked in rounds, seamlessly bottom-up on dpn. 2.25mm
With blue yarn, cast on 64 sts, distribute evenly: 16-16-16-16
Work 6 rounds of 1x1 rib: "k1, p1 - repeat from * around
Round 7: *k8, m1 - repeat from * 8 times = 72 sts
Rounds 8-21 work in stockinette: knit around.
Work rounds 8-9 in blue, 10 in light blue, 11-13 in blue, 14-16 in light blue, 17 in blue, cut blue yarn, continue in light blue.
Round 22: *k7, k2tog- rep from * 8 times = 64 sts
Round 23: knit around
Round 24: *k6, k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 56 sts
Round 25: knit around
Round 26: *k5, k2tog- rep from * 8 times = 48 sts
Round 27: knit around
Round 28: *k4, k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 40 sts
Round 29: knit around
Round 30: *k3, k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 32 sts.
Round 31: knit around
Round 32: *k2, k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 24 sts.
Round 33: knit around
Round 34: *k1, k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 16 sts.
Round 35: * k2tog - rep from * 8 times = 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 8" (20 cm) tail. Pull through all the remaining sts and secure.
Weave in all yarn ends.