Lillie’s Little Sweater, designed by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations, makes a lovely cardi for the Bitty Baby doll by American Girl.
I used a leftover skein of Silk and Silver, a fingering weight or sock weight yarn, for the doll sweater which I knit on an Addi Turbo 16″ 2.75 mm needle. Addi FlipStix, double point needles with two different tips, came in handy for knitting the sleeves. Each FlipStix has one point that is rounded and one that is tapered. I like the tapered point for sock yarn.
Lillie’s Little Sweater is a top down raglan cardigan, sized for babies and toddlers. Carol’s pattern includes hints for making the sweater much smaller, like teddy bear and doll size.
Children’s sweaters (and doll sweaters) are a great way to practice your knitting skills for much larger garments. If you are thinking about knitting a top down cardi for yourself, try knitting a little sweater first. You will get to know the process — the increases and the proportions. Plus, the knitting goes really fast!
Addi Turbo 16″ circular needles I used a 16″ circular for the fingering/sock weight cardi. Use a 24″ circular when you knit with sport/DK or worsted weight.
Lillie’s Little Sweater Pattern The pattern is written for five sizes — 0-3, 6, 12, 24, 36 months. It uses worsted weight yarn and is knit on a US #7 needle.
Sock Yarn for knitting doll sweaters Almost any sock yarn will make a really cool doll or teddy bear sweater. Consider buying a special teddy and knit this sweater in a matching color. I bought the Barnes and Noble bear (he is named “Barnsie”) and knit a cardi that matched the bear’s bow tie. My thirty-something son received that bear as a Christmas gift!
More about the Bitty Baby Sweater:
After trying the cardi on the doll, I made the body and sleeves 1″ long and finished with six rows of K1, P1 ribbing.
There is one buttonhole at the neckline.
The front bands are garter stitch.
I knit the smallest size and omitted the hood. Start on page 5 of the pattern and cast on 65 stitches of neck ribbing.