Stitching Your Stash: 10 Knitting Patterns for Dolls

Knitting Patterns for Dolls

Skip the expensive store-bought doll clothing and instead use your stash to stitch up these trendy knitting patterns for dolls.

I have a soft spot in my heart for knitting patterns for dolls. The first knitting projects I ever made were dresses for my Barbies!

Today, I still appreciate handmade doll clothing — not only for the uniqueness of each piece, but also for the price. If you’ve browsed clothing for dolls, you probably know that even the tiniest clothing can be expensive. Why spend all that money when you can stitch totally unique apparel for dolls? For most of these patterns, you can even use yarn you already have in your stash, saving you even more.

Stitch up these knitting patterns for dolls to create ensembles you won’t find in the store.

American Girl Bowknot Top + Skirt Knitting Pattern

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1. American Girl Bowknot Top and Skirt

This pattern features a cute top and a skirt with slip-stitch colorwork. Not familiar with slip-stitch colorwork? Bluprint’s Slip-Stitch Colorwork: Mosaic & Beyond class with Faina Goberstein covers all the bases of the different charts and patterns you’ll use to create deceptively simple color.

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Tally Ho! American Girl Knitting Pattern

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2. Tally Ho!

This three-piece outfit includes instructions for the sweater, hat and boots. Though the model here is an American Girl, the outfit can be made to fit practically any 18-inch doll. This is a great way for beginners to practice working with a chart, since the horse’s head is small and manageable. 

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FREE Barbie Turtleneck Sweater Knitting Pattern

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3. Barbie Turtleneck Sweater

The beauty of knitting for Barbie is that you can knit an entire outfit using even the smallest scraps of yarn from your stash. You’ll need to use a lace-weight yarn to get that teeny-tiny rib pattern that gives the sweater so much texture. Designer KellyMullanDesigns recommends keeping a crochet hook handy to pick up any dropped stitches.

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Glamour & Glitz 18 Inch Doll Shawl Knitting Pattern

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4. Glamour & Glitz Doll Shawl

If your 18-inch doll already has an extensive wardrobe, perhaps she just needs a simple shawl to wear over a couple of her dresses. The designer says you can knit the shawl in less than a day, making it an ideal last-minute gift — or just a surprise addition to today’s play date.

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18" Doll Rose Dress Knitting Pattern

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5. 18″ Doll Rose Dress

Dolls can wear this dress alone or slipped over one of their long-sleeved shirts. We love the way designer Taiga Hilliard paired these with funky fringe boots, but you could also knit up some matching shoes using yarn left over from the dress.

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Barbie's Knitted Dresses FREE Pattern

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6. Barbie’s Knitted Dresses

Use this free basic pattern as a foundation for a knitted dress and see how many ways you can customize it. Add a simple striped yoke like the one seen here, lengthen the dress for a more elegant look, or experiment with other colorwork techniques. This dress is easy to accessorize, too!

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Lucy Hat for 18-Inch American Girl Dolls FREE Knitting Pattern

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7. Lucy Hat

Sometimes all you need to spice up an outfit is a simple accessory. These slouchy hats are totally trendy and fit the heads of most 18-inch dolls. The hat looks just as great paired with jeans as it does with the doll’s winter coat!

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Blythe Knitted Lace Dress FREE Knitting Pattern

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8. Blythe Knitted Lace Dress

This little dress just screams summer. You’ll need experience working on double-pointed needles to complete this pattern, and you’ll quickly memorize the lace repeats of the skirt. The buttons are optional, but they’re a great way to add a little bit of whimsy and color to the dress.

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American Girl Doll Knit Cape Pattern

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9. American Girl Doll Knit Cape

Lace knitters will breeze right through this tiny cape pattern. If you’re new to working with small double-pointed needles, this fingering-weight project is a great introduction. In fact, the skills you practice here can easily be translated into knitting socks.

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Cotton Candy Barbie Dress Knitting Pattern

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10. Cotton Candy Barbie Dress

This belted dress gives Barbie a silhouette perfect for twirling. Any color of yarn, including the variegated yarn seen here, can be used for this dress so consult your stash for options. Check out the designer’s other photos to see how changing the color of the yarn can take the dress from fun to fancy. 

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Have you ever knitted anything for a doll? Tell us about it in the comments!

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10 Responses to “Stitching Your Stash: 10 Knitting Patterns for Dolls”

  1. Marie

    Some of the patterns on this page were sold on Bluprint as PDF downloads. After the sale and the rebranding to Craftsy, the online shop for physical goods and also for sale PDF patterns, were not continued and we have to use our imaginations to think of all the logistics involved when companies change hands. I am grateful that we got our Craftsy class platform back. As there will be thousands of links to clean up, and much not related to the class platform, I think we have to view these links as inspiration. Note that of the 10 patterns, only some were free and many are paid patterns. And all of these patterns can be found online, if you do a little searching. For example, I found out that the first outfit is by Linda Kulybanycz , and her Bowknot Top and Skirt and other patterns can be purchased on other well-known pattern selling sites. It was not a free pattern on Bluprint, and is still available if you take the time to search. The same would apply to most patterns you may come across on Craftsy that are a legacy from Bluprint days. Designers usually sell their patterns on several platforms. So SEARCH and you will find. Happy crafting!

  2. Kathleen Wells
    Kathleen Wells

    The link to the doll patterns does not work it is 7/18/21. In 2020 you said give us a couple of weeks!! Well they have come and gone!

  3. Sally Moore
    Sally Moore

    I wanted sewn patterns for Barbie and all I got were knitted patterns. Do you have any to sew?

  4. linda coe
    linda coe

    Jill sent her note about being unable to access these patterns back in Oct 2020 & here it is Jan 2021 & they still do not come up. Why post the patterns if you cannot post the access at the same time? If I had not paid for a membership it might not be so bad but now that I have I really expected to start working on some projects for the grandkids.

  5. Jill

    The pattern links are a round-robin that go nowhere! Please correct the links to the patterns – Thanks so much! Anxious to try them!

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Jill,

      Thank you for contacting us. Our free content on the site is still getting added. I would check back in a couple weeks. I apologize for the wait.

      Thank you,


      • JuniperSedai

        This “check back in a couple weeks” was like 5 months ago. Please remove the article if none of the links can be added. This made me really sad. =(

  6. Ana Rodrigues-Pestana
    Ana Rodrigues-Pestana

    Hi, where do I can get the free patterne? I clicked and clicked over and over again and always got to Craftsy main page. Thanks