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Outlander-Inspired Garter Stitch Shawl for 18-inch Dolls

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Doll Shawl Knitting Pattern

Dress your American Girl Doll (or other 18-inch doll) in the styles inspired by the Outlander show with the help of this shawl. It looks great with a natural wool yarn. It’s also a quick and easy knit that makes it very beginner-friendly.

I knitted this pattern with wool yarn of different weights. You can decide for yourself which look you like most.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing: yarn over (YO), make 1 (m1), knit front and back (kfr&b)

Size: fits 18-inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation and other dolls 18-19" tall.

Materials: Brown shawl: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Palette fingering weight 100% wool yarn 231 yds (210 m)/ 50 g – 1 ball
Gray shawl: Knit Picks (affiliate link) Wool of the Andes 100% wool worsted weight yarn 110 yards (101 meters) / 50 grams – 1 ball
White shawl: Brown Sheep (affiliate link) Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport 100% wool sport weight yarn, 50 gr 180 yrds/165 m) – 1 ball

Needles: for fingering weight : circular US #1 (2.25mm)
for sport weight : circular US #3 (3.25mm)
for worsted weight: circular US #6 (4mm

Gauge is not important

Notions: yarn needle

k - knit
p - purl
kfr&b - knit into front and back
yo - yarn over
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

Pattern Notes:

Garter st in rows: all rows knit

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

Short Overview of the Pattern:

The shawl is worked in one piece in garter stitch. It begins at the center back neck and is shaped by working m1 increases around the central stitch in every right side (RS) row and yarn over (yo) increases at the edges in every row. Thus, in every RS row the number of sts is increased by 4, in every WS row - by 2. The markers will help you to see the central stitch, always slip markers as you come to them. After several rows, when the pattern is established, you can remove the markers. The central stitch is knitted in the RS rows and purled in WS rows.


Cast on 5 sts. Foundation row: knit 4, purl 1.

Row 1(RS): K1, kfr&b, pm, k1, pm, kfr&b, p1 = 7 sts

Row 2 (WS) : k3, sm, p1, sm, k2, p1

Row 3 (RS and all RS rows from now on): K2, yo, knit till marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, knit till last 2 sts, yo, k 1, p1. + 4 sts

Row 4 (WS and all WS rows): K2, yo, knit till marker, sm, p1, sm, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k1, p1.+2 sts

Repeat rows 3-4 to desired size.

Last 2 rows

Eyelet Row ( RS): k2, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * till marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo,
**k2tog, yo; rep from ** to last 3 sts, k1, yo, k1, p1.

If there's only 1 st. , instead of 2 sts, before the marker, work: k2, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * till 1 st remains before the marker, yo, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, **k2tog, yo; rep from ** to last 3 sts, k1, yo, k1, p1.

Last row: knit, till marker, rm, p1, rm, knit till last st, p1.

Bind off loosely.


Weave in all yarn ends.

Have fun!

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