Sponsor

Spelling Bee

by Anne Weil

Photo
» photos: Anne Weil & Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

My son loves dolls. He is 8. He has only a girl doll, Kit - he fell in love with her at the American Girl Doll store. He loves to dress her in soccer clothes and pretend she is scoring the winning goal. He loves congratulating her and giving her a huge hug and high five. This seems perfectly normal to me. He would have loved to have found a great boy doll he could model after himself, but he really wanted an American Girl and the choice of boy doll that wasn't a baby just wasn't there. This frustrated me and harkened back to that Free To Be Me song, "William Has A Doll." I believe boy dolls, and the boys and girls who love them, should be celebrated! My son's dolly-love inspired me to create a vest that could be worn by boy dolls, which has in turn inspired me to find a great little boy doll for him. And, why shouldn't he have fabulous clothes to dress his boy doll in? This sweet little vest could be worn by a girl or boy doll. Especially, for the boy doll in my son's room that is "getting dressed up for the spelling bee at school" right now!


 


Sizes

Fits 15-18 inch dolls

Finished Measurements

Chest Measurement: 12 inches
Finished Length: 6 inches

Materials

Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora [80% Cotton, 20% Angora; 98 yards / 90 meters per 1.75 ounce / 50 gram ball];

#15502 White; 1 ball

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/ 4.5 mm straight or circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions

cable needle
large safety pin
three small buttons

Gauge

22 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Pattern Notes

c2f: put the next stitch on a cable needle in front of the work, knit the next stitch, knit the stitch from the cable needle
c4f: put the next 2 stitches on a cable needle in front of the work, knit the next 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches on the cable needle

Skills Required

Basic decreases and cables

Front

Cast on 35 sts.

Row 1 (RS): [K2, p1] until last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: [P2, k1] until last 2 sts, p2.
Row 3: [C2f, p1] until last 2 sts, c2f.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 once, then repeat Row 2 once more.

Cable Pattern (Body)
Row 1 (RS): K8, p1, k4, p1, knit to end.
Row 2: P21, k1, p4, k1, p8.
Row 3: K8, p1, c4f, p1, knit to end.
Row 4: P21, k1, p4, k1, p8.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until Front measures 3 inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 2 sts at beginning of next 4 rows, maintaining cable pattern: 27 sts.
Work even until Front measures 4¾ inches, ending with Row 4 of cable pattern.

Shape Left Neck
Work 10 sts, maintaining cable pattern, turn and work on these sts for first side of neck.
Decrease one st at neck edge on next 5 rows: 5 sts.
Work in St st for 2 rows.
Buttonhole Row: K2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Purl 1 row.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

Shape Right Neck
With RS facing, slip center 7 sts on to a large safety pin.
Rejoin yarn to remaining sts, knit to end.
Decrease one st at neck edge on next 5 rows: 5 sts.
Work in St st for 2 rows.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

Image

Back

Work same as Front to Body.
Work in St st until Back measures 3 inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 2 sts at beginning of next 4 rows, work across: 27 sts.
Work even until Back measures 4¾ inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Right Neck
K10, turn and work on these sts for left side of neck.
Decrease one st at neck edge on next 5 rows: 5 sts.
Work in St st for 2 rows.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

Shape Left Neck
With RS facing, slip center 7 sts on to a large safety pin.
Rejoin yarn to remaining sts, knit to end.
Decrease one st at neck edge on next 5 rows: 5 sts.
Work in St st for 2 rows.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

FINISHING

Sew right shoulder seam.

Neckband
Beginning at front left shoulder, pick up 9 sts along left front neck, knit 7 sts off the safety pin, pick up 7 sts up right front neck, pick up 7 sts down right back neck, knit 7 sts off the safety pin at neck in back, pick 9 sts up along right back neck: 46 sts.
Row 1: (P2, k1) to last st, p1.
Row 2 (buttonhole row): K1, p1, yo, k2tog, p1, [c2f, p1] across to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: (P2, k1) to last st, p1.
Row 4: Bind off in pattern as follows - K1, p1, (c2f, p1) across to last 2 sts, k2.

Right Armband
Beginning at bottom of back right hand armhole , pick up 36 sts along entire armhole
Row 1: (P2, k1) to end.
Row 2: (P1, c2f)to end.
Row 3: (P2, k1) to end.
Row 4: Bind off in pattern as follows – (p1, c2f) to end.
Seam right side using mattress stitch.

Image

Left Armband
Seam left side using mattress stitch.
With RS facing, beginning at back left shoulder, pick up 42 sts around left armhole.
Row 1: (P2, k1) to end.
Row 2 (buttonhole row): (p1, C2f) across to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 3: (P2, k1) to end.
Row 4: Bind off in pattern as follows – (p1, c2f) to end.

Weave in all loose yarn. 
Block vest and sew buttons to back left shoulder opposite buttonholes.

Image

Back top topNext
Designer Photo

Anne Weil is a working mother of three lively and adventure-seeking kiddos. She knits, blogs, sews, designs and generates exciting crafty ideas at her blog. Anne relishes design that combines beauty with meaning. She loves creating things that stimulate the senses and makes that happy-making place inside you really hum.

Pattern © 2012 Anne Weill. Contact 

© Copyright Petite Purls 2012