Friday, August 29, 2008

Sleeveless Doll Sweater or Vest

Worn with opening in front this top can become a vest. I didn't have a Cami to go under it yet so I didn't photograph it that way. As well these pictures were taken before I sewed the buttons along the button band, but you get the idea, I'll update it when I get them sewn on.

As with the skirt, this is an explanation of how I made this top/vest, use it as a guideline to create a fit to your size doll, you can change the size by using thicker yarn, larger needles or increasing or decreasing the stitches in the pattern that follows.

Size 4 knitting needles
DK weight yarn
Cable cast on 50 stitches
Work 5 repeats of following 4 rows for stitch pattern. [20 rows total]
Row 1: Purl 1, Knit 1 across
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Row 3: Knit 1, Purl 1 across
Row 4: Purl all stitches.

Rows 21 through 23 Knit all stitches
Row 24: Knit 12, and place these 12 stitches on stitch holder,
knit and bind off 4 stitches
Knit 18 and place these 18 stitches on stitch holder.
Knit and bind off 4 stitches.
Knit remaining 12 stitches.

Working these 12 stitches in stockinette stitch, work 10 rows. Depending on which side you are working of the 2 sections containing 12 stitches, decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the row that is the center when lined up to join with opposite side, work remaining stitches, work next row evenly. Continue decreasing one stitch on the beginning of the row that is the center section until there are 7 stitches remaining, after return row, slip these 7 stitches to a stitch holder for kitchener join when that point is reached.
[be sure to leave a long tail of yarn before cutting live yarn to rejoin in next step]

Attach yarn to opposite front section and repeat for this side. Once you have completed the second front section and have returned the remaining 7 stitches to a stitch holder, attach yarn to the center 18 stitches.

Work Stockinette stitch for 10 rows.
On 11th row, work 8 stitches, move these 8 stitches to stitch holder, bind off 2 stitches and continue work with remaining 8 stitches on needle. Working in stockinette stitch, for 10 rows. On last row bind off one stitch at neck edge, this will be on the inside for one side of neck edge and on the outside when you work opposite edge. With remaining 7 stitches on needle, join with front with a kitchener join. Attach yarn to opposite side of work and continue in established manner, after second shoulder seam join, weave in yarn ends and join to bottom edge of vest/top. Work a row of single crochet up side, around neck edge and down opposite side. Chain one and turn, work button holes on one side by working one single crochet, chain one, skipping the next SC from previous row and continue with SC for 3 stitches, repeat button hole formation up to the top of the one side, chain one, turn, work single crochet down previous row, including working a SC in the button hole formed. Cut yarn work in tail. If more room is needed for placement of buttons, reattach yarn on opposite side of button hole band and work another row or two of SC on opposite side to create enough fabric to sew the buttons to.

Here is the pattern worn as a vest, fitting an 18 inch doll by using worsted weight yarn, [Caron's Simply Soft] following the directions as written above and using size 4 needles.
Skirt Pattern is HERE


hunnybunny said...

I haven't been commenting on anyone's blogs lately and am trying to play catch up but can I just say that you are whipping through the 18 inch doll clothes! This is probably getting added to my gifts to make list and I sure hop you are posting everything on Ravelry. There's even a group on there for American Girl Doll Clothes.

JUST A MOM said...

very cute but next time can you not turn her head so far it hurts,,,,,,

yoru on a roll girl..

Tiff said...

I'm with ya (in response to the comment left on my page), it's the same way for me.. it's always "when things calm down, after this or that event is over, etc... to get my butt in gear. Meanwhile I usually end up doing a whole lot of nothing! I have so much nothing going on that it keeps me from doing anything meaningful or productive LOL
So I took the first day of Sept. to start change that, at least for now HA!

Mary said...

Amazing clothes, and great that I have a 7 year old in Colin's household, this new granny needs to get making some doll clothes for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Just finished a fur trimmed coat and hat plus an aline dress (my own design)Am excited to try your patterns. BUT when I printed out the skirt and vest, I got pages and pages and pages etc of blank with ads on the side. What a rip off of paper and ink!!!!!!!!!!

Coleen said...

Dear Nan, What a beautiful outfit for that special doll, you must be very creative! Thanks for sharing it.