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Baby Doll Beanie

Do we stop playing and being imaginative as we age?

Playing make believe is an important part of our development in childhood. It is not as socially acceptable and encouraged as we age. A pity really as make believe and dreaming can be powerful stimuli to growth in our creativity. Is a creative person someone who just hasn’t let outside influences tell them to stop playing and grow up?

Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”

I think I prefer every child is creative, a dreamer, an artist and a story teller.

I have a little vice. I love dolls. Yes, a grown up 53 year old woman is admitting there is a little part of her which refuses to let go of childish ways. Lalt, my neighbours across the way, are stocking Miniland Dolls  I have maybe purchased a few… They don’t have much of a wardrobe at present but I have a plan!!

My smallest dolls are the 21cm Baby dolls. And my plan is to cloth my new dolls in handmade delights. I’m going back to childhood in more than one way here. I learned to crochet to make clothes for Barbie!

Here is my first design, a hat! I have written it in two ways. One for those who prefer straight needles and are happy to seam. And the second is in the round for those who prefer a magic loop or double pointed needles to avid the seaming.

Measurements of 21cm baby doll:










21cm Baby Doll Beanie – knitted flat


Yarn: 8ply

Needles: 4mm


Cast on  40sts


Rows 1 -4 work  (k1,p1) rib **


row 4:  Knit

Row 5:  purl

repeat row 4 & 5 five more times (12rows)


row 1:  k3, (k2tog, k6) to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3

row 2:  purl

row 3:  k2, (k2tog, k5)  to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3

row 4:  p3, (p2tog, p4) to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1

row 5:  (k2tog, k3) to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3

row 5:  p3, (p2tog, p2) to last st, p1

row 6: k2, (k2tog, k1) to last 2 sts, k2tog

row 7: (p2tog) to last st p1 (6sts left)



21cm Baby Doll Beanie In The Round



Yarn: 8ply

Needles: 4 mm double pointed needles or one 80cm for magic loop

Cast on 40sts, join in the round, place marker to mark beginning of round


Rnds 1-4: Knit 4 rounds of (k1,p1) rib **


Rnds 5 – 16 knit


Rnd 1 : (k6, k2tog)

Rnd 2 : knit

Rnd 3 : (k5, k2tog)

Rnd 4: (k4, k2tog)

Rnd 5 (k3, k2tog)

Rnd 6: (k2, k2tog)

Rnd 7: (k, k2tog)

Rnd 8 (k2tog) ( 5sts remain)

Want a beanie for your 21cm Baby doll? But can’t knit or don’t have the time. Email me to make you one!

(psst I do not knit adult garments)



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