Saturday, May 1, 2010

Free Pattern: Petite Dolls

Here are the results from an evening of fiddling around with yarn. This is one pattern I am very excited to share with you! But before we jump into it let me say that my giveaway is still going on until the 4th of May. So if you have not entered it and want to, please do so!

Okay. Introducing............Petite Dolls!!!
Isn't she adorable? I chose specifically not to put faces on them. I'll stop gabbing now and we can get to the pattern.....

1 Petite Doll
Materials: -2 dpn size US 5
-worsted weight yarn, color A & B. A few yards each. ( I used scraps of Patons Classic Wool.)
- Natural Cotton Batting

With color A cast on 20 stitches, leaving a 7 inch tail. Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 2 1/2 inches.

Attatch color B and end off color A. Weave in tails on wrong side of work.
Work in stockinette stitch until color B measures 1 1/4 inches.
Cut yarn, leaving a 16" tail. Do NOT bind off.

Cut a 12 inch piece of color B yarn. Using a running stitch, stitch across first row of color B skipping every other stitch.

Leave tails hanging on either side of work.
Using a yarn needle, run the 16 inch tail through all 20 live stitches, slipping them off the needle.

Pull on yarn tail to cinch tightly, forming top of head.

Seam up back of the head, pausing at the color change. Stuff head firmly with natural cotton stuffing.

Take tails from each end of the running stitch and pull tightly to cinch the neck. Tie ends in a knot and clip short so they will be hidden in the doll's body.

Finish seaming up the back and end off. Stuff body with natural cotton stuffing.

Legs: Make 2
Cast on 3 stitches and make a 1 1/4 inch I-cord. Bind off.

The leg was so tiny that I didn't know where to put all my tails. In the end I knotted the cast on tail at the "toes" and then ran it up through the leg. I knotted the two tails at the top of the leg and cut them short. Later they will be hidden in the body.

Arms: Make 2
Same as for legs only work until piece measure 2 1/2 before binding off.
Deal with tails in same manner as legs only after knotting tails at the top of leg tuck one back down in the arm and clip. I leave the bind off tail long to use later for stitching the arms on to the body.

Using 7 inch tail from cast on, start stitching the bottom of the doll closed. I stitched from the middle and worked toward the left making sure to pierce through the legs.

I then came back towards the middle, whipstitching the edge and then stitching through the legs again.

Work to the right, and then back to the middle. End off and bury the tail deep inside the doll.

Stitch arms to body using tails.

You can use the same tail to stitch both arms to the body. When you are finished with one arm run the yarn through the neck and use it to stitch the other arm on. Remember to hide all tails in the body.

And your Petite Person is finished!

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern as much as I have!

Feel free to share it with a friend as well. I let a few adults see these Petite Dolls before putting them up on the blog as a free pattern. They absolutely loved them! The Petite Dolls have also been "child-approved" The first few I made have already had many adventures and are much loved.
If something did not make sense in this tutorial please let me know and I will try my best to be more clear.
I would love to know what you thought of my pattern!
Let me know what if you blog about my dolls, or post on ravelry, I would love to see everyones creations!


  1. These little dolls are so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

  2. These are so cute. I need something for my God daughter's b-day this weekend. I cant wait to make some.

  3. Hi,
    these are soooo cute! and very clever the way you've designed them! I don't have any girls--may have to make myself a couple of these!
    Thank you for the sharing the pattern.

    God bless you and your family,

  4. Oh! Those little dolls are so cute. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  5. I love it! one more pattern to add to my list. I have no doubt there will be lots of needlework in heaven for us to do. Brenda

  6. This old doll thinks they are so sweet.

  7. Oh my God, these dolls are simply lovely!! I love them. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. Is it copyrighted?

  8. These dolls are adorable! How can I get in touch with Holly Marie?

  9. I love them cant wait to knit them... as a single mum pattern are very expensive and it is kind people like you who share there pattern that make it easier for us to knit lovely gifts for our children thank you so very much will let you know how i get on ..... i am sure they will become very popular ..

  10. Thank you everyone for all your encouraging comments! I am SO glad to hear that people are liking my doll pattern! =) I would love to see any finished photos, whether you post them on your blogs or Ravelry.

    The pattern IS copyrighted, but I have no problem with you selling the finished product or distributing the pattern. All I ask is that the pattern itself NOT be sold. No mass producing of my dolls either please. :)

  11. For contact info go to my profile page.

  12. Made 2 dolls & put on Ravelry. So cute. Tried to put your pattern in Ravelry patterns but don't know how. I'm debegar on ravelry if you want to see the photos & link your pattern to Ravelry.

  13. Any way to turn one of these into a boy? It could easily fit into trucks and cars and tractors.

  14. Actually, I have thought of having an option where my Petite Dolls could be made as boys. I'll work on it and hopefully get a 2nd option up soon. =)

  15. How adorable these little dolls are. And they're just the perfect size for putting in my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse. Of course, there are a couple of granddaughters who would love them, too. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. Blessings!

  16. Lovely little dolls & brilliant step by step pics/instruction, great for a newby knitter. thankyou. x

  17. they are so cute, you could make quite a few...with little scrap around the house.
    thanks so much for sharing

  18. they are soooooooooooo cute!! they are also really easy and fast to make.... you can really easily make them in a short amount of time.... they are also really good for using up scraps of yarn.;p

  19. Thanks for the pattern...I have 8 granddaughters, and these will make good use of the scraps of yarn in my stash...maybe for stocking stuffers. (I also appreciated the idea to use them for the Christmas Child boxes at church.) I stumbled across your blog tonight...thanks for your witness.

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  21. I love this! I am making one right now! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing it! I linked back to you on my blog this morning: if you want to check it out. :)

  23. Oh That is just too cute. I am a teenage knitter and wanted to knit something for all my cousins, and this was the perfect thing for all the young girls!
    Can't wait to knit this!


  25. Adorable!! Thank you!

  26. I love it, Holly! They're so adorable. It was a quick knit, very precise directions and I had a blast knitting it up to boot! :)

  27. Hi, I'm a twelve year old knitter and I just wanted to say how amazing these dolls old! The pattern on the website is easy and simple to follow and a quick knit too. These dolls are so easy to make that I'm creating my very own knitted family! I will definitely be giving out recommendations to all of my friends to have a go at knitting these. I think that whatever the skill level, all knitters, advanced and beginners, should have a go at making these sweet little dollies.
    From Sarah in Scotland :)

  28. wanted you to know that I made 130 petite dolls, all different, added faces, hair etc. and they all went to Kenya to a clinic where young children from the local orphanage are seen. so your pattern is now on the other side of the world and the dolls are being loved by children who probably would never own a doll. thank you and God Bless
    Cindy Meyer

  29. Love the pattern, made a few and posted to Ravelry (GinaGH). My daughter loved hers so much that I concocted one that is much larger (maybe 2 feet tall?) for her to cuddle with!

  30. Oh my goodness! these are perfect last minute Christmas gifts! i wonder if they are small enough to make angel ornaments out of? Does anyone know of a good pattern for wings?

  31. Hi, I would love to make these for my granddaughter to use in her doll house. Can you tell me how to download the pattern? Thanks.


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