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Vintage Knitting Patterns for Dolls

Updated on January 12, 2015

Hand Knits for dolls of the 1950s

Looking for some knitting patterns for dolls of the 50s and 60s? Look no further.

You'll find in here some patterns for dolls' clothes, knits that are pre-Barbie and well before the Bratz.

Three outfits with patterns in the public domain, designed for the 1950s 'Fashion Doll', and three patterns you can buy online.

My Last Baby Doll Knit


Made in November, 2009, without a pattern.

Public Domain Patterns

The following knitting patterns and illustrations have passed into the public domain and are no longer under copyright. Patterns are designed to fit an 11 ½ inch girl fashion doll

Jacket with Hood

MATERIAL

1 ball Mohair or 1 oz. Knitting Worsted

1 pair knitting needles No. 6

5 buttons

GAUGE: 4 sts. = 1 inch

BACK:

Cast on 16 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in ribbing K 1, P 1 for 3 rows.

Change to stock. st. and work even for 14 rows.

Shape raglan armhole: 1st row: slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K to within 3 sts., K2tog., K 1. 2nd row: P back.

Repeat these 2 rows 5 times, rem. 6 sts. slip on a holder.

FRONT:

Cast on 10 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in ribbing K 1, P 1 for 3 rows.

Change to stock. st. and work even for 14 rows.

Shape raglan armhole as on back 5 times. Rem. 5 sts. slip to a holder.

Work the other Front to correspond, reversing all shapings.

SLEEVE

Cast on 10 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in ribbing K 1, P 1 for 3 rows. Incr. 1 st. at beg. and end of last row of ribbing.

Change to stock. st. and work even for 12 rows.

Shape raglan armhole as on back 5 times. Rem. 2 sts. slip on a holder.

Work the other sleeve to correspond.

HOOD:

Slip 5 sts, of first front, 2 sts. of first sleeve, 6 sts. of back, 2 sts. of 2nd sleeve, 5 sts. of 2nd front all to one needle and work in ribbing K 1, P 1 for 3 rows.

Change to stock. st. and work even for 14 rows. Bind off.

FINISHING:

Sew up side and sleeve seams. Sew sleeves to front and back of jacket. Sew up top seam of hood. Sew buttons in place and pull a chain through ribbing at neckline. Block to size.

Bathing Suit

MATERIAL.

¼ oz. sport Yarn

1 pair knitting needles No. 3

GAUGE: 6 sts. = 1 inch

TOP

Cast on 32 sts. with No. 3 needles and work in stock. st. for 6 rows.

Bind off 5 sts. at beg. of the next 2 rows.

Decr. 1 st. at the beg. and end of the next 2 rows. Bind off.

FINISHING

Make a chain about 3 ½" long and sew to top.

Tie yarn around center of top and make a bow. Sew snap to back for closing.

PANTS:

Cast on 26 sts. with No. 3 needles and work in stock. st. for 4 rows.

1st row: Incr. 1 st. in first st., K 12, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 12 (28 sts.).

2nd and all even rows: P across row.

3rd row: Incr. 1 st. in first st., K 13, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 13 (30 sts.).

5th row: Incr. 1 st. in first st., K 14, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 14 (32 sts.).

7th row: Slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 12, K2tog. Slip rem, 16 sts. to a holder to be worked later.

9th row: Slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 10, K2tog. 11th row: Slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 8, K2tog. 13th row: Slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., K 6, K2tog. 15th row:

Bind off.

Slip sts. from holder back to needle, at¬tach yarn and starting with 7th row finish this side to correspond.

FINISHING:

Sew upside seam and block to size.

Evening Gown

MATERIAL:

½ oz. Fingering Yarn 3 ply

1 pair knitting needles No. 3

¼ yd. sequins for trimming

2 snap fasteners

GAUGE: 7 sts. = 1 inch

Starting at bottom of skirt cast on 65 sts. with No. 3 needles and work in seed st. for 3 rows.

Change to stock. st. and incr. 1 st. at end of last row.

Work even until piece measures 3 ½ inch.

Next row: K3tog. across row. (22 sts.) Work even for 7 rows.

Shape Top:

1st row: K 5, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 10, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 5 (24 sts.).

2nd and all even rows: P across row.

3rd row: K 5, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 12, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 5 (26 sts.).

5th row: K 5, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 4, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 4, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 4, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 5 (30 sts.).

7th row: K 11, incr. 1 st. in each of the next 2 sts., K 4, incr. 1 st. in each of the next 2 sts., K 11 (34 sts.).

9th row: K 11, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 2, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 4, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 2, incr. 1 st. in next st., K 11 (38 sts.).

11th row: Bind off 10 sts., K across row.

12th row: Bind off 10 sts., P across row.

13th row: Bind off 3 sts., K across next 2 sts. and slip them to a holder for strap, bind off next 8 sts. for neck, K to end of row.

14th row: Bind off 3 sts. and work rem. 2 sts. in garter st. for 2 inch. for strap.

Bind off. Slip 2 sts. from holder back to needle and finish the 2nd strap to correspond.

FINISHING:

Sew up back seam to 1 inch below waistline.

Sew straps to back of dress and 1 snap fastener each to waist¬line and top of dress.

Sew sequins trim around top of dress and block to size.

Evening Jacket

MATERIAL:

½ oz. Knitting Worsted

1 pair knitting needles No. 6

½ yd. sequins for trimming

GAUGE: 9 sts. = 2 inch.

Back:

Cast on 17 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in seed st. for 12 rows.

Bind off for armhole at the beg. of the next 2 rows 2 sts.

Shape raglan armhole:

1st row: K 1, slip 1, K 1, p.s.s.o., work to within 3 sts., K2tog., K 1.

2nd row: Work seed st. Repeat these 2 rows 4 times. Rem. 5 sts. bind off.

FRONT:

Cast on 9 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in seed st. for 12 rows.

Bind off for armhole at the beg. of the next row 2 sts. and shape raglan as on back 4 times. Rem. 3 sts. bind off.

Work the other Front to correspond.

SLEEVE:

Cast on 9 sts. with No. 6 needles and work in seed st. for 2 rows. Incr. 1 st. at the beg. and at the end of every 4th row until 13 sts. are on needle. Work even until the entire sleeve measures 2 inch.

Bind off at the beg. of the next 2 rows 2 sts. Shape raglan as on back. (1 st. left). Fasten off.

Work the other sleeve to correspond.

FINISHING:

Sew up side and sleeve seams.

Sew sleeves to front and back of jacket.

Block to size. Sew sequins trimming around jacket..

Abbreviations

ABBREVIATIONS FOR INSTRUCTIONS

K - Knit

P - Purl

ch. - Chain

beg. - Beginning

s.c. - Single Crochet

stock. st. - Stockinette St. (K 1 row, P 1 row).

sp. - Space

sl. st. - Slip St.

st. - Stitch

sts. - Stitches

garter st. - K every row.

p.s.s.o. - Pass the slipped st. over the K st.

sp - Space

incl. - Inclusive

tog. - K or P 2 sts. tog.

decr. - Decrease (take 2 stitches and work off as one)

incr. - Increase (add 1 stitch)

inch - Inches

y.o. - Yarn Over

Vintage Patterns on Amazon

These three patterns below aren't for 'fashion dolls' but for the little girl dolls that I played with as a child.

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      Sallielouise 2 years ago

      Looking for patterns for 50's girl dolls (Toni, Revlon, etc) that will fit my 80's 17 inch Kimberly (by Tomi) doll. Hope you wrote down what you did for the baby doll above - if it's not too big around the middle, it might fit my Kimberly doll. Would you be willing to sell the pattern? my e-mail is sallielouise711@gmail.com

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Should do some knitting with my girls

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      My mother used to knit outfits for our Barbie dolls...so many years ago.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      lovely patterns, almost tempted to make them for myself...well i am not a doll.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I would love to learn to knit. Maybe if I get a little girl, I could start :)

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Oh those patterns are amazing - love the bikini and evening dress with jacket!

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      These are lovely patterns for that doll.Takes me back.

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I remember my mother knitting for my dolls a very long time ago

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      I tried knitting but kept dropping stitches and not being able to fix it. I changed over to crochet where I could add a stitch if I dropped one.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Susanna, this is truly fabulous!!! I love the actual patterns and that bathing suit would be a wonderfully fast project. Perhaps even a good beginner project. I have been knitting for so long, that I would not be good at rating the skill level required for a particular pattern, but I must say, it looks like you gave a very nice range of difficulty as well as awesome selections! Yes, I am using one of my rare out of neighborhood blessings here. This is one of my all time favorite lenses!