Sweetheart Cardigan Sweater for 18 Inch Dolls – Pattern

 A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.

Here's how I got totally snookered into designing and making a sweater for 18 inch dolls:

"Nanny will you knit my dolly a sweater?"  These were simply irresistible words.  My heartstrings had been tugged.  I said 'yes' with a smile, so easily.  Then I took a deep breath and  wondered what I'd committed myself to.

 I reasoned that I'd made about a bajillion baby sweaters and this would be just like that but smaller right?  ~Sigh.~  Well, not exactly.

It took me lots of dolly measuring and about ten false starts to get this sweater underway. Knitting a sweater for 18 inch dolls turned out to be more difficult than I'd imagined.  But once I understood both my gauge and the doll's proportions things went more smoothly and I began to write down the pattern as I knitted it.

I've made a good many baby sweaters from the top down which I really like because the only seams are in the sleeves The body is made in one piece.  I also like it because it can be made on straight needles which I prefer.

A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.Work in progress: in this photo, I'd just finished the first sleeve and about to start the next.  I purposely designed the sleeves to be a tad roomy to make the garment easier to get off and on for little hands.

I didn't want it to be bulky looking so I chose a sportweight yarn called 'Sinfonia' made of 100% cotton.  This is a lovely smooth yarn with a nice sheen that was a pleasure to knit with.

One of the little tips you'll need for this pattern is how to join yarn and I like the method I found at 'Shop Martingale' here.

A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.

A new trick I learned is how to make a little crocheted button... It's so easy I could hardly believe it:

  • Using a size 3 (US) crochet hook.
  •  I used just 1 row of 6 single crochets, finished off, leaving a long 10" tail.
  • Then I threaded the tail onto a yarn needle and rolled the row of stitches up and sewed down through the middle and out of the sides in two quarter turns,
  • Then down to center bottom and tied it off.
  • I use the remaining tails to sew it to the sweater.  Very fast.

I know that not everyone crochets, so a small shank button, sewn securely to the sweater should work just fine for children over 3 years old.  And also, although I crocheted a tiny heart for the front decoration, I suggest using a small felt heart which will be much easier.  (Pattern for the felt heart is at the end of the pattern instructions.)

A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.

I hope you have a reason (or think of one) to make this sweater for 18" dolls.   In the end I had fun and felt quite pleased with the two sweaters (Yes, two.  My other grand daughter has an 18" doll also 🙂 )  I just can't resist those big eyes.  Enjoy!

Download the Sweetheart Cardigan Sweater Pattern for 18 inch Dolls here.

A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.

2 thoughts on “Sweetheart Cardigan Sweater for 18 Inch Dolls – Pattern

  1. I would like to knit this cardigan for my granddaughter. This is my first time at doll clothes.

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