Howdy, Doll Dimensions readers!
Today I’m really excited to share with you the pattern for the sweater dress I showed you in my last post! It’s super easy…basically a rectangle. Another awesome thing about this pattern is that there’s no need for any Velcro or snaps or anything. The knitting stretches enough on it’s own, and the dolls’ ability to remove their hands makes it possible to have no closure in the back.
(If you’re only here for photos, there are more at the bottom 😉 )
I’ve also discovered that the secret to having fun with making tiny pieces is using self striping sock yarn! Even if you’re just working in stockinette stitch, you can watch the yarn work it’s color changing magic.
Yarn: any self striping sock yarn.
Needles: Size 1, but you can also adjust this for a slightly smaller or larger needle.
Gauge: Gauge doesn’t matter all that much.
Notes: Numbers for Monster High dolls are first, and numbers for Ever After High dolls are second, in parentheses.
Cast on 25 (29) stitches using the German Twisted Cast On.
Row 1: purl across.
Row 2: knit across.
Repeat these two rows until your swatch reaches from the bust of the doll to where you would like it to hit on her knees. Mine was about 2 1/2 inches. Make sure that your last row is a purl row, so that you are ready to do a knit row.
Next row: knit 8 (10). *Bind off one stitch on the right needle, then knit another stitch from the left needle. Bind off another stitch on the right needle. Knit 7 (9), then repeat from *. Knit to end of row.
Next row: purl across.
Next row: bind off loosely. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.
Remove your doll’s hands (or arms if she’s a MH doll), and put the dress on her so that the loose edges are in the back. Seam up the back, starting at the top with the tail from your bind off, using the mattress stitch.
And you’re done! 😀
Variations: make it shorter for a tank top, or make it shorter but don’t seam it up the back and put it on the doll backwards for a vest!The vest variation!