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Short Sleeve Doll Cardigan

By: Gusta Thorburn

Dress dolly up in this precious Short Sleeve Doll Cardigan. This sweet and simple doll clothes knitting pattern will leave a smile on your face from cast on to cast off. This darling little cardigan is a great way to add to dolly's wardrobe in a unique and personal way. Your granddaughter, niece, or any other little girl in your life will love the sweet details on this charming knit top pattern for her beloved little friend.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)


  • DK yarn
  • 3.25,, & 3.75mm needles
  • Three buttons
  • Three safety pins (stitch holders)
  • Wool needle for sewing seams


Note: To Fit Lots to Love Doll (34-36 cm)



Using 3.25 mm needles cast on 37sts and knit 5 rows in single rib.

Change to 3.75 mm needles and work 14 rows in stocking stitch (st st), cast off 1 st at beg of next 2 rows. Continue in st st until work measures 9 cm from cast on edge, ending with a Right Side (RS) row.



Next row - p15, turn. Finish this side first. Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows and on foll alt row, once. Knit 3 rows in st st. Cast off.

Slip the next 7 sts onto a safety pin, for neck. With Wrong Side (WS) facing, rejoin yarn to rem 15 sts and work to correspond to first side, reversing shaping.



*Using 3.25 mm needles cast on 20 sts and knit 4 rows in single rib.

Next Row - Rib 4, M1 (make 1), rib to end.
Next Row - Knit to last 5 sts, rib 5.

Change to 3.75mm needles and knit 12 rows in st st, keeping rib edge going for band, ending with a WS row. Cast off 1 st at beg of next row (armhole). Cont in st st until work measures 9 cm from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.



Rib 4 sts and then slip them onto a safety pin for band, cast off 1 st, knit to end. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows and then on foll alt row once. Knit 3 rows in st st. Cast off.

Place markers for buttons, the bottom one, three rows from cast on edge, and the top one would be when you knit the neck band. Evenly space the other one (or 2 if using more) between.



Work as for Left Front, reversing shaping and button bands, make a buttonhole in third row (fifth row if using bigger buttons), and again to correspond with markers.

BUTTONHOLE ROW - rib 2, yrn, (yarn round needle) rib 2tog, rib 1, rib to end.



Sew shoulder seams and darn in any loose ends. Using 3.25 mm needles, knit 4 sts from safety pin, and pick up 8 sts to shoulder, 7 sts to pin, 7 sts from pin, 7 sts to holder, 8 sts to holder 4 sts from pin. Knit 3 rows in single rib. Cast off in rib. (bind off)


Using 3.25 mm needles pick up and knit 32 sts around armhole. Knit 3 rows in single rib. Cast off in rib. Repeat for other sleeve.



Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew on buttons. Darn in any lose ends.


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