This pattern was inspired by Spencer Jackets--the cropped, puffed-sleeved jackets worn with empire-waisted dresses during Regency times. I always loved the outfits worn by Elizabeth Bennett--the "Lizzy" of the pattern title--on the BBC production of Pride & Prejudice.
I started with a little top-down shrug, adding double increases at the sleeve cap to create adorable puffed sleeves. Once the simple shrug jacket was designed, I could picture it with longer sleeves or made more fancy by a ruffled hem, extending the use of a sundress beyond fall to special events.
I hope you will find the pattern fun to work up, with a LOT less finishing work because of the top-down design.
This PDF knitting pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
-1 half skein of fine fingering weight wool or blends for the shrug, more for the long-sleeved jacket. (I used 100% wool Palette or Stroll, from Knitpicks, which has 231 yards in a 50 g ball.
-Knitting needles, US size 1 (and 0 or smaller for cast on and optional ribbing) or size to obtain gauge. (I use Addi Turbo circular needles in the 24 inch length. They are definitely an investment, but make it easy to try doll items on as you knit. And if you have two, you can leave your inactive stitches on one while you work sleeves individually.)
-Yarn needle for finishing
-4 or 5 3/8 inch (1 cm) buttons for closure.
Gauge--in stockinette stitch with size 1 needles, my gauge is 17-18 stitches and 23 rows in a 2 x 2 inch (5.1 cm) square.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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