American Girl Doll Empire Waist Lace Dress

American Girl Doll Empire Waist Lace Dress
Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Doll Dress Knitting Pattern

Your doll will love this dress! The skirt is knitted using a lace motif that leaves a pretty scalloped edge along the bottom.  The lace motif is pretty simple and should be easy even for a less experienced knitter.

The dress is knitted from the bottom up, with seams in the rear and along the shoulders. It features a back closure.

The high empire-style waist leaves you with many options. The full-length dress you see in the picture is made with 6 repeats of the lace pattern. Try knitting 4 or 3 for a more casual summer-length dress. 2 or 3 for a "Tinkerbell" look.

Materials: Tencel Wool by Cleckheaton 70% Tencel 30% Wool DK weight yarn 91 m (100 yds) / 50 g - 2 balls.

7 (4.5 mm) and circular 5 (3.75 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

Gauge: One pattern repeat 2.25" (6 cm) on size #7 (4.5 mm) needles
20 st x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) for stocking stitch on size #5 (3.75 mm) needles



Stocking Stitch
1 row and all odd rows - knit sts
2 row and all even rows - purl sts


Bluebells Lace
Multiple of 10 sts

Row 1 and all odd rows - purl.

Row 2: yo, k3, sk2p (sl1, k2tog, pass sl st over), k3, yo, k1

Row 4: k1, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k2

Row 6: k2, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k3

Row 8: k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k4

Repeat rows 2-9



The dress is worked from the bottom up as one piece up to the armholes. Then the front and the backs are worked separately.

Cast on 94 sts. on #7 (4.5 mm) needles.

Row 1: purl

Row 2: sl 1, k1, Bluebells lace pattern on 10 sts repeat 9 times, k1, p1.

Rows 2-48: work 6 pattern repeats.

Row 49: sl 1, purl the rest of the sts. Transfer all the stitches to the circular # 5 (3.75 mm ) needles and block the skirt. 

Continue on needles #5 (3.75 mm).

Row 50: sl 1, k1, (k1, k2tog) 30 times, k1, p1. There will be 64 sts after the decreases for the bodice were made.

Row 51: purl

Row 52: knit

Row 53: purl

Row 54: sl1, k1, (yo, k2tog) 30 times, k1, p1. (eyelet row)

Row 55: purl.

Divide all the stitches on the needles as follows: 17 sts for the right back, 30 sts for the front, 17 sts for the left back. Continue to work the front and the left and the right back separately.


Left Back

Rows 56-71: stocking st.

Row 72: cast off 7 sts for the neckline.

Rows 73-75: stocking st. Cast off.


Right Back

Rows 56-72: stocking st.

Row 73: cast off 7 sts for the neckline.

Rows 74-75: stocking st. Cast off.



Rows 56-65: stocking st.

Row 66: cast off 10 sts in the middle of the row for the neckline. Finish the left and the right parts of the front separately.

Rows 67-75: stocking st. Cast off.



Join shoulder seams.

Join the back seam of the dress leaving 15 cm (6") open at the top.

Thread a length of ribbon in the eyelets at the waist.

Sew on 3 buttons to the left back.


More Information

Blocking of the skirt

Back of the dress