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American Girl Doll Crew Neck Sweater - Knit from the Top Down

American Girl Doll Crew Neck Sweater - Knit from the Top Down

Westport, CT

MATERIALS

• US Size 6 dpns
• US Size 8 dpns
• Crochet hook (for finishing)
• Leftover worsted weight yarn – I used less than 1/3 a skein of Paton’s Classic Wool Merino for the entire sweater.
• Provisional Cast On Color – This yarn is also a worsted weight acrylic yarn in a color so completely opposite from the yarn colors of your sweater so as not to be confused for the actual sweater. This is only a place holder and will be ripped out at various stages of the knitting.
• Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inch wide and 6 sts = 1 inch tall
NOTE - This sweater is another Knitting From the Top Down Sweater. For step by step "pict-tutorial" click on the "How To Knit Tutorials" on my side bar or at http://majorknitter.typepad.com/major_knitter/how_to_knit_tutorials/index.html

DIRECTIONS

Provisional Cast On
Using US Size 8 dpns, cast on 20 stitches using the provisional cast on colored yarn.
Knit across.

Back Shoulders
Switch to Main Color (MC) and continue to knit in stockinette stitch for 2½ inches or 7 cm. End on a knit row.

Back Armhole Shaping
Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches and purl across (22 st).
Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches and knit across (24 st).
Repeat these two rows one more time (28 st).
DO NOT CUT YARN!

Picking Up the Front Shoulder Stitches
Insert the needle from top-to-bottom, right to left and pick up 5 stitches.

Cut off the provisional cast on yarn ONLY above the 5 picked up stitches. Tie a knot in the leftover provisional cast on yarn so that you don’t lose the center stitches.

Repeat for the other shoulder.

You should know have 5 stitches on the left needle, 10 stitches in the center still connected to the provisional cast on yarn, and 5 more stitches on the right needle. If you prefer, you can put one of the sides on a stitch holder and work one side at a time.

Right Front
Working from the shoulder toward the neckline and using 2 of the US size 8 dpns
Row 1 – Knit across (5 st).
Row 2 – Purl across
Row 3 – Knit across
Row 4 – Purl across
Row 5 – Knit across
Row 6 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 1 stitch. Purl across. (6 st)
Row 7 – Knit across
Row 8 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches. Purl across. (8 st)
Row 9 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 4 stitches. (12 st). Do not knit. Set aside.
CUT YARN leaving a tail of about 4-6 inches

Left Front
Working from the shoulder toward the neckline and using 2 of the US size 8 dpns
Row 1 – Purl across (5 st).
Row 2 – Knit across
Row 3 – Purl across
Row 4 – Knit across
Row 5 – Purl across
Row 6 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 1 stitch. Knit across. (6 st).
Row 7 – Purl across
Row 8 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches. Knit across (8 st).
Row 9 – Purl across. DO NOT CUT YARN!

You are now ready to connect the front neckline.

Row 10 – With the yarn from the left front, continue to purl across the right front, connecting the left front shoulder to the right front shoulder. You should have 20 stitches.
Row 11 – Knit across
Row 12 – Purl across
Row 13 – Knit across
Row 14 – Purl across

Front Armhole Shaping
Row 15 - Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches and knit across. (22 st).
Row 16 – Using the knitting cast on method, cast on 2 stitches and purl across. (24 st)
Repeat rows 15 and 16 one more time – (28 stitches)
CUT YARN.

Joining Front and Back – Knitting in the Round for the Body of the Sweater
Distribute the 56 stitches for the front and the back evenly on 3 dpns. Being careful not to twist, join the front to the back. Pick up the yarn from the back and continue knitting around for 2 ½ inches or 7 cm. (56 st).
• Switch to US size 6 dpns and knit around.

Waistband
Knit in K1, P1 ribbing around for 1 inch (2.5 cm). Bind off.

Sleeves
Using the US size 8 dpns and the CC, pick up 28 stitches evenly along the armhole.
• Knit in the round using for 4 inches (10 cm).
• Switch to US size 6 dpns and knit cuff in (K1, P1) ribbing for 1 inch or 2.5 cm
• Bind off.

Repeat for other sleeve.

Neckline
Picking Up Neckline Stitches – Using the US size 6 dpns, pick up the 10 stitches from the back of the neck stitch holder. Cut off the provisional cast on yarn. Pick up 40 stitches evenly along the rest of the neckline beginning at the left front of the neckline. (50 st).
• Knit in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 inch (2.5 cm).
• Bind off.

Finishing
Weave in any loose ends for entire sweater. Block.

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