Friday 8 March 2019

Baby Annabell Sleeping Bag

I wish there had been a knitting pattern for a sleeping bag when my children were babies (a long time ago now) and as I haven't got any babies to knit for what better than to make one for Annabell. 

 I tried a few different variations to try and reduce seaming etc, and came up with this one that is made in one piece from the hem with a front seam (easily knit in the round to the front opening)  The sleeves are knit first then added to the body to begin the yoke. 

My very helpful tester suggested that the sleeping bag could be altered for a 12” doll by making 3 fewer stitches on each side front and the back 6 fewer, and just 1 row of stocking stitch on the sleeves after increases are done. You would have to adjust the stitches of shaping of the yoke to match.  

Measurements:   14” 36cm, Baby Annabell doll
Actual measurements: 
Chest 14”, Sleeve seam 3” length from centre back to hem 12”
Materials: 100g double knitting yarn in main and 10g dk in contrast
(I used King Cole Cherish Whisper, and King Cole Cherish nickel for contrast), 
Needles size 3.25mm (US3) and 4mm (US 6) 4 small buttons
Tension: 22sts - 28 rows to 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using 4mm needles
 Sleeves make 2 – (knit these first)
Using 3.25 needles and contrast, cast on 24sts
Work 6 rows k1, p1 rib
Change to 4mm needles and main
Working in ss inc 1 stitch at each end of next and following 4th row to 30sts
Work 9 rows ss
Shape armholes
Cast off 3sts at beg of next 2 rows
Leave 24sts on holder


Worked in one piece to front opening
Using 4mm needles cast on 100sts
Continue in ss until work measures 8ins
(can be knit in the round to this point then change to rows)

Cast of 3sts at the beg of next 2 rows   94sts
Work a further 11 rows ss
Divide for armholes
Wrong side facing
P19, cast off 6sts, p44 (includes st on right hand needle) cast off 6sts, p19 do not fasten off yarn

Join sleeves
Work across right front:  K4, (k2tog) 3 times, k9, knit across 24sts of first sleeve, continue across back:  k14, (k2tog) 8 times, k14, knit across 24sts of second sleeve, continue across left front:  k9, (k2tog) 3 times, k4
Next row (wrong side):  knit across all sts

Shape yoke
Row 1:  k14, ssk, k2tog, k20, ssk, k2tog, k32, ssk, k2tog, k20, ssk, k2tog, k14           108sts
Row 2:  knit               
Row 3:  k13, ssk, k2tog, k18, ssk, k2tog, k30, ssk, k2tog, k18, ssk, k2tog, k13           100sts
Row 4:  purl               
Row 5:  k12, ssk, k2tog, k16, ssk, k2tog, k28, ssk, k2tog, k16, ssk, k2tog, k12           92sts
Row 6:  purl       
Row 7:  k11, ssk, k2tog, k14, ssk, k2tog, k26, ssk, k2tog, k14, ssk, k2tog, k11           84sts
Continue decreasing as set to 52sts
Next row:  p25, p2tog, p25    51sts
Change to 3.25mm needles and contrast, work 4rows k1, p1 rib.  Cast off (you can go straight to picking up sts for left band if you prefer)


Left front band

With right side facing, using 3.25mm needles, and contrast, pick up and knit 25sts along left front edge, starting at neck edge to first set off cast off sts.  Work 5 rows p1, k1 rib.  Cast off

Right front band

With right side facing, using 3.25 needles, and contrast, pick up and knit 25sts along right front edge starting at first set of cast off sts to neck edge.  Work 2 rows p1, k1 rib.
Buttonhole row:  rib2, (yf, k2tog, rib 4) 3 times, yf, k2tog, k3
Rib 2 rows.    Cast off

To finish

Sew centre front seam to opening, Overlap front bands and sew into place at centre front.
Sew front and backs together at hem
Sew sleeve and underarms seams
Sew on 4 buttons to match buttonholes.
Sew in all ends


  1. I've found 2 crochet patterns. Do you have more crochet pattern for a 12" baby doll?