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American Girl Doll Ruffle Shawl

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Shawl Knitting Pattern

Welcome to the Doll Ruffle Shawl knitting pattern! This charming shawl is perfect for your 18-inch dolls and will make a lovely addition to any doll's wardrobe. The shawl is designed in a classic triangle shape, making it easy to wear and versatile. The textured cable pattern in the center adds interest and depth to the shawl, while the garter stitch creates a cozy, soft fabric that is perfect for keeping your doll warm and stylish. The shawl is finished with a feminine ruffle at the bottom, adding a touch of whimsy to the design. This pattern is perfect for advanced beginners looking for a fun and rewarding project to showcase their skills. So, grab your knitting needles and let's get started on creating a beautiful Doll Ruffle Shawl for your beloved dolls!

Size: 8" (20 cm) long and 18" (45 cm) wide at the widest part

Skills Required/Techniques Used:

-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off

-Increasing: make 1 (m1)

-Working simple cable

Materials: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 210 m (231 yds)/ 50 g color Semolina - 1 ball.

Notions: yarn needle, 2 stitch markers, cable needle.

Needles: #2 (2.75 mm)

Gauge for garter stitch: 22 sts x 48 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm). Gauge is not crucial for this pattern.


K – knit

P – purl

St, sts – stitch, stitches

co – cast on

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

C4F - Cable 4 Front (see how to work in Pattern Notes)

m 1 - 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 it as a regular stitch.

sm - slip marker

Pattern Notes:

Garter stitch: all rows knit.


Row 1 (RS): knit

Row 2 (WS): purl. Repeat 2 rows.

Cable 4 Front (C4F): slip 2 sts to the cable needle, hold the stitches at the front of the work, knit the next 2 sts, then knit 2 sts from the cable needle.

The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: slip the first stitch knitwise and purl the last one.

Shawl is worked from the neck down. Four increases are made every right side row.
Cast on 10 sts.
Knit 1 foundation row, place a marker after 3rd stitch and another marker after 7th stitch. Slip markers while working.
Row 1 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k1, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k1, m1, k1, p1. = 14 sts
Row 2 (WS and all WS rows): sl 1, knit till marker, sm, p4, sm, knit till last st, p1.
Row 3 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k3, m1, sm, C4F , sm, m1, k3, m1, k1, p1. = 18 sts
Row 5 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k5, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k5, m1, k1, p1. = 22 sts
Row 7 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k7, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k7, m1, k1, p1. = 26 sts
Row 9 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k9, m1,sm, C4F, sm, m1, k9, m1, k1, p1. = 30 sts
Row 11 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k11, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k11, m1, k1, p1. = 34 sts
Row 13 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k13, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k13, m1, k1, p1. = 38 sts
Row 15 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k15, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k15, m1, k1, p1. = 42 sts
Row 17 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k17, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k17, m1, k1, p1. = 46 sts
Row 19 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k19, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k19, m1, k1, p1. = 50 sts
Row 21 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k21, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k21, m1, k1, p1. = 54 sts
Row 23 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k23, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k23, m1, k1, p1. = 58 sts
Row 25 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k25, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k25, m1, k1, p1. = 62 sts
Row 27 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k27, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k27, m1, k1, p1. = 66 sts
Row 29 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k29, m1,sm, k4, sm, m1, k29, m1, k1, p1. = 70 sts
Row 31 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k31, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k31, m1, k1, p1. = 74 sts
Row 33 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k33, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k33, m1, k1, p1. = 78 sts
Row 35 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k35, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k35, m1, k1, p1. = 82 sts
Row 37 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k37, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k37, m1, k1, p1. = 86 sts
Row 39 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k39, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k39, m1, k1, p1. = 90 sts
Row 41 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k41, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k41, m1, k1, p1. = 94 sts
Row 43 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k43, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k43, m1, k1, p1. = 98 sts
Row 45 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k45, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k45, m1, k1, p1. = 102 sts
Row 47 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k47, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k47, m1, k1, p1. = 106 sts
Row 49 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k49, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k49, m1, k1, p1. = 110 sts
Row 51 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k51, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k51, m1, k1, p1. = 114 sts
Row 53 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k53, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k53, m1, k1, p1. = 118 sts
Row 55 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k55, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k55, m1, k1, p1. = 122 sts
Row 57 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k57, m1, sm, C4F, sm, m1, k579, m1, k1, p1. = 126 sts
Row 59 (RS): sl1, k1, m1, k59, m1, sm, k4, sm, m1, k59, m1, k1, p1. = 130 sts
Row 61: sl1, k1, *m1, k1, repeat from *63 times, p1. = 193 sts
Row 62: sl1, purl.
Row 63: sl1, k1, *m1, k2, repeat from * 63 times, k1, p1. = 256 sts
Row 64: sl1, purl.
Row 65: sl1, knit to last, p1.
Row 66: sl1, purl.
Rows 67-70: sl 1, knit to last, p1.
Bind off.
Finishing: Weave in all yarn ends.

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There are 10 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Beth Holden
November 5, 2017

Good day
If you choose not to use the backward loop increase to you just knit the stitch on the next row
Poster: Elaine Phillips
November 21, 2014

m1 - make 1 (increase)
sl1 - slip 1
Poster: Gma
October 10, 2017

If you make 1 the method that is suggested you have enough stitches. Make 1 does not use a stitch out of the original 10 cast on.
Poster: Dawn Goldsmith
April 30, 2016

I am confused about the cast on stitches.10 stitches is too few for the directions for the second row. What am I missing?
Poster: Joyce McGuire
October 20, 2014

what does m1 mean.. I am new at this but have used some of your other patterns and love them Also I think there was a s/1????
Poster: Linda Cobb
July 27, 2016

m1 means make one stitch (an increase) and s1 means slip one stitch without knitting
Poster: Ellisen
October 26, 2012

Wonderful shawl. Right in style. Thank you so much.
Poster: Deb W.
October 23, 2012

All of your AG patterns are awesome! I have tried many of them already-all 6 of my granddaughters have AG dolls(most of them more than one)so your patterns have been put to good use!! THANK YOU for sharing your talents!!:)
Poster: Danielle
October 23, 2012

Thank you very much for the tuto.
Poster: Jessica-Jean
October 23, 2012

I don't do doll clothes anymore, but I do make shawls and afghans and am always looking for nice edgings for them. Thank you for this ruffle edge!

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