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User-Submitted How-tos, Patterns, Tutorials
Ladyfingers - AG doll - Ruffled Shift Dress and Visor Hat
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Jun 27, 2012 23:53:27   #
Created by Elaine Baker - Ladyfingers
May, 2012


#6 US needles
Fingering yarn, baby sport yarn, fancy yarn with scattered sequins
Suggestion: Main Color (MC): white with scattered sequins, Contrasting Color (CC): turquoise

Cast on 68 stitches. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch (knit every row).
Next Row: (Right Side) : Knit 12, BIND OFF next 14 stitches, knit 16 stitches, BIND OFF next 14 stitches, knit 12. = 40 sts.
Next Row: (Wrong Side): Knit 12, CAST ON 4 stitches at underarm, knit 16, CAST ON 4 stitches at underarm, knit 12 = 48 sts.
NOTE: You bound off to make the sleeve straps and then cast on for extra stitches in the underarm area. To avoid “holes” in your work, knit very tightly on these bound off and cast on stitches.
HINT: As mentioned in an early handout, after casting on, I always KNIT IN THE BACK OF THE STITCHES ACROSS THE ROW. This gives a nice “finished” edge to your work. Do the same thing with this dress, in the underarm area where you cast on stitches.
Next Row: Knit across row, increasing 6 stitches evenly spaced to give you 54 stitches, what is needed to fit around the doll’s body.
Purl 1 row.
Work in stockinet stitch for 10 rows until you are at the waistline.
Knit 2 rows.
Work in stockinet stitch for 7 rows.
Row 8: (Wrong Side): KNIT. This will form a row of purl bumps where you will attach the ruffle later.
Rows 9-15: Begin with knit row, work in stockinet stitch. (7 rows).
Row 16: ( Wrong Side): KNIT. (another row to attach a ruffle).
Row 17-23: Begin with knit row, work in stockinet stitch. (7 rows), or until dress measures 4-½ inches from Row 1.
Row 24: KNIT. Bind off in knit.

Ruffles; (White ruffles with contrasting color trim at bottom edge.)
Hold garment upside down with right side facing you. Fold skirt down BEHIND first purl bump row from waistline. With knitting needle only (no yarn), thread needle through all the loops across the purl bumps, picking up approx. 54 loops on the needle. Don’t worry if you don’t pick up all 54 stitches, you can increase to 54 when you start knitting the ruffle.

(Wrong Side): attach MC and purl across row.
Next Row: Knit in front and back of each stitch. = 108 sts.
Rows 1-8: With MC, work in stockinet stitch. Cut MC, leave strand to sew ruffle seam.
Rows 9-10: With CC, knit 2 rows. Bind off in knit.
Work another ruffle on the purl bump row just below first ruffle; work third ruffle just below the second ruffle.. Sew back dress seam. Sew 3 ruffle seams.

Option: For very full ruffles on this skirt, knit in front, back and in front of each stitch across the row. (162 sts).


#6 needles
Same yarn used for Ruffled Shift

With (CC) turquoise, cast on 108 stitches. Knit 2 rows. Cut (CC).
Attach (MC) white, work in stockinet stitch for 10 rows
Next Row: *K1, K2 tog, continue from * across the row. - 81 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Next Row: *K1, K2 tog, continue from * across the row - 54 sts.
Knit 1 row. Bind off in knit. Sew visor seam, leaving a big “donut” hole.

Option 1: Sun Visor: Put visor on doll’s head, pull down to shade eyes from the sun.

Option 2: Sun Hat: Put doll’s hair through the hole, pull up onto her head, with a ruffled sun hat circling her head.
Ruffled Shift with Visor Hat
Ruffled Shift with Visor Hat...
Same Ruffled Shift with Sun Hat
Same Ruffled Shift with Sun Hat...
Jun 28, 2012 00:06:40   #
That is awesome, thank you for sharing the pattern!
Jun 28, 2012 01:02:44   #
this is adorable, I must try it for my granddaughter, she will love it.
Jun 28, 2012 04:44:37   #
Wow that is adorable, another outfit on my to do list!
Jun 28, 2012 06:45:24   #
Thank you for sharing the pattern.
Jun 28, 2012 06:56:07   #
thank you, i like the pattern with the picture
as always it is so beautiful and i will have to do some of your
knittings because my gd's are waiting and they did not see
your patterns yet :thumbup:
Jun 28, 2012 06:57:36   #
Thanks for the pattern. Your work is beautiful! Just joined and really enjoy this site. Everyone is so helpful too.
Jun 28, 2012 06:59:01   #
Many thanks for another darling outfit, and the time you have taken to write it all out, you are a gem. Leonora.
Jun 28, 2012 07:01:20   #
That looks lovely. Can you give an indication of size of doll it fits? Ah also I noticed the super outfit on the dollin your avatar, I'd really be interested in that pattern for my Reborns, as it has long sleaves and trousers. My Reborns only have 3/4 arms and legs so material would stickout on clothes that are shorter or have no sleaves.
Jun 28, 2012 07:56:52   #
Thank you for another wonderful pattern, Elaine!
Jun 28, 2012 08:09:22   #
grandmatimestwo (a regular here)
Adorable! You do such beautiful work!
Jun 28, 2012 08:10:19   #
julietremain (a regular here)
Thank you!!!
Jun 28, 2012 08:20:24   #
Wonderful...Everyday I can't wait to see what you have posted. My grandchildren are as thrilled as I am. Thank you again for sharing. MaryMac
Jun 28, 2012 08:43:48   #
Love it - as usual.
Jun 28, 2012 09:08:41   #
JoyceinNC (a regular here)
Many many thanks! These are beautiful. Can't wait to dive in.
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