Imagination and play are vital for children and adults! I’ve always enjoyed playing with dolls, making them and their clothes. I went through a stage of making Waldorf and other sewn dolls for my children. I made a few for selling at local markets too.
These little dolls and their houses are small for little hands. I can envision lots of imaginary play with the dolly friends visiting each others homes.
You really need to make a few as these little dolls would be very lonely without their friends!
- 3.25mm 15cm double pointed needles
- 4 mm straight needles for dress and house.
- 8ply acrylic yarn scraps
- Toy stuff
- Tapestry needle.
- K – knit
- P – Purl
- K2tog – knit two stitches together
- Yo – yarn over
- Rnd/s – round/s
- Rep – repeat
1. Where practical items are worked in the round to reduce seams.
2. Instructions enclosed in brackets ( …. ) are repeated.
3. Arms and legs are worked in icord.
Cast on 12 sts join in round.
Knit 12 rounds
Rnd 13 (k4, yo, k2tog) rep to end
Knit 10 rounds
Shape top of head
Rnd 24 (k2, k2tog) rep to end
Rnd 25 (k1, k2tog) rep to end
6 sts left break yarn, thread though live stitches and cinch closed
Arms work 3 sts icord 10cm
Legs 4 st icord 15cm
- 1. Stuff head
- 2. Thread arms through yo in doll
- 3. Stuff body.
- 4. Fold legs and place at opening. Sew securely in place, closing base of doll.
- 5. Using a strand of yarn, sew running stitch around neck of doll. Pull to tighten and wrap yarn twice around neck to secure. Fasten and finish ends.
- 6. Make hair by sewing long stitches from top of head to base of hair line. Pony tails can be made by sewing loops of yarn and making ‘ribbons’ with yarn.
- Work two stitches on top of each other in centre of face to form nose. Sew small stitches for eyes and mouth.
Dolls can be knitted with their ‘clothes’ on by changing colours as you knit doll,
Doll House – worked flat in one piece from top of roof
With colour of roof Cast on 3 sts
Row 1 Sl1, kfb, k to end
Repeat row 1 until there are 22sts on the needle, change to colour for house.
Starting with a purl row, Work in stocking stitch for 32 rows, change to grass colour, work 6 rows stocking stitch.
Create Fold, – next row Purl on front
Work another six rows in grass. change to house colour work 28 rows, knit 4 rows.
Cast off and sew in ends
Duplicate stitch door and windows as per photo . Add flowers and outline windows.
Fold along fold and sew up sides. Add fabric lining if desired.
Dress – worked flat in rows
Cast on 50sts
Row 1 – 2 knit
rows 3- 12 work stocking stitch starting with knit row.
Row 13 (k 3, k2tog) to end
Row 14 purl
Row 15 (k2, k2tog) to end
Row 16 (p2tog) to end
Row 17 purl on front side of fabric
Row 18 – 22 work stocking stitch starting with a Purl row
Row 23 k 4, yo, k2tog, to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k4 (armholes)
Row 24 & 25 purl
Cast off. Place on doll and sew centre back seam, the top of which can be left unsewn so dress can be removed for play.
Hat (crochet UK)
Begin with a MR (work in spiral)
Rnd 1 Work 6 dc into ring
Rnd 2 work 2 dc into each st.
Rnd 3 (2dc, 1dc) rep around.
Rnd 4 – 10 dc
Finish Break yarn
Shorts / pants
Cast on 14 sts Join in round
Rnd 1 purl
Rnd 2- 8 knit
Row 9 k6, kfb turn and work stst on these 8 sts until desired pants leg is reached. Cast off on purl side
Join yarn to held 6 sts
Next row k5, kfb, work stst on these 8 sts to match first leg
Sew up inside seams of pants
Cast on 16 sts. Join in round
Rnd 1 & 2 (k1,p1) to end
Rnd 3 – 7 knit
Rnd 8 ( k6, yo, k2tog) rep to end
Rnd 9 knit
Rnd 10 (k6, k2tog)rep to end (14 sts)
Rnd 11 (k5, k2tog) rep to end (12 sts)
Rnd 12 (k1,p1) to end
Cast off in rib. Sew in ends
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