After searching for to find a doll sweater pattern for Sammy that was just what I wanted and coming up wanting, I decided to whip up my own. The result is part EZ’s percentage system, part trial and error, and part luck. For reference, my 18″ dolls have about a 12″ chest circumference. This little cardigan is knitted from the bottom up, joining at the underarms and decreasing to the neck. The sample is knitted in Malabrigo Worsted Merino on size 7 needles and is a rather snug fit. My gauge is 4.25 spi. (Please keep in mind the following is transcribed from my own scribbled notes and proceed at your own risk.)
To knit the body: CO 64 body stitches plus 3 on either side for the button band (70 total). Knit the first and last three stitches of each row to create the button band. Be sure to add a button hole on the appropriate side of the cardigan every 7 ridges or 1.5″ (or where ever you please). After an initial inch or two of ribbing, knit the body in stockinette for approximately 5″ and then divide for sleeves.
For the sleeves: CO 14 stitches and rib for an inch or two. Steadily increase your arm stitches as you knit along to 28 stitches. Once your sleeve is approximately 6″ long, join to the body.
Divide for sleeves as follows: 15 front stitches, 6 sleeve stitches, 28 back stitches, 6 sleeve stitches, 15 front stitches.
Begin to decrease at the four points where the arms meet the yoke. Decrease 2 stitches every other row on either side of the marked stitch (4 decreases each row). Continue to decrease until you have 8 remaining stitches between markers. Create neck ribbing with a size 6 needle and then bind off.
Use kitchener stitch to close under arms. Sew on buttons, weave in any ends, and admire.
There you have it! Again, I can make no guarantees on the accuracy of my notes or my ability to answer any questions but feel free to ask if you should have any. I’ll do my best to answer!
PS Just a reminder there are still a couple of custom spots available in the shop!