This aran sweater PDF pattern for 18" dolls such as American Girl is a beautiful design inspired by a favorite designer sweater. One charming feature of this sweater is its distinct collar, set into a square neckline, crossing at the chest. This design also looks lovely for a turtleneck sweater, so there are additional instructions to create a turtleneck instead of the crossover-collared version.
To create the sweater, the body is knit first, split at the arm holes, and worked to the shoulders. The collar stitches are picked up and knitted afterwards, then stitched at the front neck. The set-in sleeves are knitted separately and sewn in. The sweater is finished with a back ribbing and snaps or a zipper. It is fully open in the back for ease of dressing.
-2 skeins of fine fingering weight wool or blends such as Palette or Stroll from Knitpicks. Both of these wool yarns have 231 yards in a 50 gram ball. (You might be able to complete the project with one, but having spare yarn will spare you any stress).
-Knitting needles in US sizes 1, 0, and 00 or size to obtain gauge.
-Six sets of 4/0 snaps OR separating zipper for back closure, with needle and coordinating thread
-Yarn needle for finishing
-Small crochet hook to aid in picking up and knitting collar and back ribbing.
-Two 5-7 mm buttons
Gauge--In stockinette stitch with size 1 needles, my gauge is 17-18 stitches and 23 rows in a 2 x 2 inch square
Skill Level: Advanced
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I also love the look of the pattern. I have been following the written instructions and there are quite a few error - missing information from a single stitch, to the incorrect number to knit or purl, to the end of the line completely missing. As a pattern tester, I am amazed that the errors were missed. I hope the designer will put it out for retesting as this is a lovely sweater that most dolls would love to wear.
I love the look of the sweater on the cover, the pattern to me appears to have glitch in the text and graph. However as an advance knitter, I was able to figure them out. If one can handle Alice Starmore's patterns, one can master this. Hopefully there's an update. It was a fun sweater to knit after all and the zipper is a great touch too. I will definitely be making another one.