The Aran Knit Fisherman’s sweater, by Genniewren Designs, is the perfect fall or winter outfit for your doll, especially with the matching hat.
This gorgeous, crisp-textured sweater comprises diamonds, twisted cables and three stranded braids all separated by areas of reverse stockinette stitch. The overall effect is a warm, chunky sweater that looks fabulous.
This PDF knitting pattern uses a mix of different types of cables and braids. The 4 stitch cables at each end of the front and back are mirror images of each other and twist towards the edges of the knitting. The next pattern in on each side is a 3 strand braided cable worked over 6 stitches. The center of the front and back is a diamond pattern with a smaller center diamond to add interest.
For the sleeves, the end cables are again mirror images of each other and twist towards the edge of the knitting. The next pattern in on each side is a 3 part braided cable as for the front and back. The center pattern in the sleeve is an 8 stitch wheat pattern, but it is simpler than it looks as it is created by working two mirrored 4 stitch cables with no purl stitches in between.
Although the stitch patterns look intricate, they are created from simple knit and purl stitches which are twisted or braided using a cable needle to temporarily hold the stitches.
If you haven’t knitted cables before, never fear! A doll sweater is the ideal place to learn. Photo instructions for the cables are included to get you started and there are plenty of videos to be found on the internet if you are more of a visual learner.
The pattern includes a record chart so that you can keep details of the yarns and needle sizes used should you wish to knit the sweater again at a later date. Research on Aran Knitting history and techniques is included before the pattern summary should you wish to read further about this technique.
The 10 page printable summary incorporates tick boxes beside the row numbers so that you can easily keep a track of your progress as you work through the pattern.
Whether you knit it in the natural creams and browns of untreated sheep’s wool, or if you love the bright, fun colors of synthetic yarn, the Aran Knit Fisherman’s Sweater is bound to please your doll.
-One pair of US Size 2 (metric 2.75mm) knitting needles
-One pair of US Size 3 (metric 3.25mm) knitting needles
-Blunt ended yarn needle for sewing seams
-Three ¼”-⅜” (6mm – 9mm) buttons for the back closure
-One 3.5 oz (100g) ball of one of the following yarn types is more than enough to knit the sweater and the bobble hat. For the sweater only a 2 oz (50g) ball of yarn should be sufficient.
Suggested US Yarn Types: Baby Yarn, Baby Sport Yarn, Sock Yarn, Light Double Knitting Yarn Suggested UK/Australian/NZ/South African Yarn Types: 4 ply yarn, Baby DK yarn, Sock Yarn.
For US knitters, most Fine/Light yarns marked with symbols 2 or 3 should work with this pattern depending on your gauge (tension). Always create a swatch of stockinette stitch / stocking stitch to check your gauge before embarking on a knitted project.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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This set was a dream to knit. The instructions are so perfect. For my Mapelea doll I added extra rows of arm cuff. Maplelea have arms 3/4” longer than American Girl dolls. I prefer the less bulky look of the hat, so chose to not do a roll-over brim. Beautiful pattern! Thank you Genniewren designs.
Wow! I've never had such detailed instructions for a knitting pattern - 58 A4 pages! Knitting the Aran sweater and hat was a dream.
This is one of my all time Favorite knitting patterns. I have, made it about 20 times. The instructions are great and easy to follow. Love the toque!