Creative Knitting with Bobbie Matela

Checkerboard Doll Pullover

Design by Edie Eckman

Practice a slip-stitch check pattern and use up some of your stash to create a little sweater for a favorite doll or bear.

Skill Level
Intermediate***

Size
Fits 18-inch doll

Finished Measurements
Chest:
14 inches

Length:
5 1/2 inches

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: Approximately 85 yds dark green (A), 45 yds white (B), 45 yds red (C)
  • Size 8 (5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches/10cm in sl st check pat
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes
This may look like a Fair Isle pat, but it's really a sl st pat that uses only 1 color on each row. Colors not in use may be carried loosely up side.

Sl all sts purlwise with yarn of WS of fabric.

Pattern Stitch
Slip Stitch Check (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Sl sts purlwise.
Row 1 (RS): With B, k1, sl 1, *k2, sl 2, rep from *, end k2, sl 1, k1.
Row 2: With B, p1, sl 1, *p2, sl 2, rep from *, end p2, sl 1, p1.
Row 3: With A, knit.
Row 4: With C, p2, *sl 2, p2, rep from * across.
Row: 5 With C, k2, *sl 2, k2, rep from * across.
Row: 6 With A, purl.
Rep Rows 16 for pat.

Back
With A, cast on 34 sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 3 rows.
Change to pat and work even until piece measures 4 3/4 inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck
Maintaining pat, work 11 sts, join new ball of yarn and bind off next 12 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, bind off 1 st at each neck edge once. (10 sts each side)
Work even until back measures 5 1/2 inches from beg. Bind off with A.

Front
Work as for back until front measures 4 inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck
Maintaining pat, work 14 sts, join new ball of yarn and bind off next 6 sts, work to end. Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, work 1 row even, then [bind off 2 sts at each neck edge] twice. (10 sts remain on each side)
Work even until front measures 5 1/2 inches from beg. Bind off with A.


Sleeves
With A, cast on 30 sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 3 rows.
Beg pat, inc 1 st each side [every 6th row] twice, working new sts into pat. (34 sts)
Work even until sleeve measures 4 1/2 inches from beg, ending with Row 2 or 5 of pat. Bind off with A.

Finishing
Sew left shoulder seam. With A, pick up and k 44 sts around neck. Work 3 rows in k1, p1 rib. Bind off all sts. Sew right shoulder and neck seams. Sew sleeve to sides of body. Sew underarm and sleeve seams.

Copyright © August 2002 Knitting With Bits & Pieces. All rights reserved.

Until we meet here again, Knit On!

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Barb Bettegnies
Editor, Creative Knitting magazine

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