The West Acre Sweater, by Genniewren Designs, is a versatile all-year-round sweater for your 18” dolls. It can be worn as a sweater with the buttons at the back or with the buttons at the front as a cardigan.
The long-line sweater is perfect for fall and winter when knitted in snuggly woolen yarns, and perfect for spring or cool summer evenings when knitted in cotton style yarn.
The sweater has two length options, the long line sweater is just perfect for boys, or for outside activities on sporting occasions, while the shorter version is more feminine and goes perfectly with skirts or pants for school or a fun day out with your best friends.
West Acre is an area of Harrow Hill, where I grew up. The famous Harrow School has a school house on West Acre, which is surrounded by green fields for cricket, rugby and football among other sports. This sweater pattern is reminiscent of the navy blue woolen sweaters worn by some of the school boys in the fall and winter. In the summer, white cotton sweaters were slung over their shoulders with the sleeves knotted about their necks.
This sweater is knitted in stockinette stitch. The sleeves are knitted first. Then the bodice of the sweater is worked in one piece up to the armholes. Next the sleeves are joined in and the raglan yoke is created by decorative decreases. The sweater is finished off with a single rib neckline. The only sewing to do is the sleeve seams and the buttons on the back.
The required gauge for this pattern is 17 stitches and 21 rows to 2" x 2" (5cm x 5cm).
This pattern contains illustrated row-by-row instructions, a printable row-by-row summary without photos, and a one page truncated summary suitable for advanced knitters. You choose which pattern instructions you want to print.
This PDF knitting pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®.
-Two pairs of US Size 2 (metric 2.75 mm) knitting needles, or one pair plus a circular needle if you prefer (or whatever size needle you need to use to make the gauge (tension) required.
- Optional – one US Size 4 (metric 3.5 mm) knitting needle – needed only if you bind off tightly.
- Blunt ended yarn needle for darning in yarn ends and sewing on buttons or snaps.
- 6 x 3/8”(7-9 mm) buttons for the front closure of the cardigan .
- One 50g (1.75 oz) ball of fingering yarn should be sufficient to knit either length of sweater.
The long sweater requires approximately 39 g, and the short sweater approximately 32g of fingering yarn.
Suggested US Yarn Types
Yarn weight #1 super fine
Suggested UK / Australian / South African Yarn Types
3ply or 4 ply yarn
Skill Level: Intermediate
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Using fingering yarn and needles as recommended, I was able to achieve gauge with no problem. With past patterns (not this designer) that was not easy to do. Directions were easy to follow. I particularly liked the measurement checks throughout the pattern.