A list of free knitting patterns for dolls compiled for my reference. Move aside Barbie! Here comes hand knitted dolls that are just as fun and lovely.
Paton’s Rose Fairy Doll
This is such a lovely doll pattern. Perfect for a girly girl whatever her age.
This pdf pattern is available at https://marizampa.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/patons-doll-pattern.pdf
Jennie’s Sally the Eco Fairy
Sally is such a lovely doll with very stylish knitted hair. It is not for beginners although the instructions are quite detailed.
This pattern is available at http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html
Nioknits’ Keito Doll
If you like playing with doll dress up, this would be up your alley. You can now knit up the doll and a set of clothing like a jacket, a dress, trousers and more. Nioknits had also designed a series of dresses, trousers, and shorts. A good yarn buster project.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/keito
A softie doll that is both whimsical to look at and make. The English translation is very clear which is a pleasant surprise thanks to Katharina.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knubbelchen
Sara’s Gingerbread Boy
This boy is an easy knit with no seaming at all. My kind of pattern haha. I would use 2 circular needles to knit this instead of double pointed needles.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gingerbread-boy-4
Section: Doll Patterns Adapted from Storybooks or Animation
Your Family’s Knitted Big Ear and Noddy Dolls
I grew up reading Enid Blyton’s adventures of Noddy and Big Ear in Toyland. I love them.
If you have a little fan at home, these dolls would make him/her smile.
This pattern is available at http://www.yourfamily.co.za/crafts/big-ears-knitting-pattern
Your Family’s The Pink Panther
This is like nostalgia. With long arms and long legs, this pink panther’s only mischief is to be someone’s cuddly sleeping companion. Made up of mostly garter stitch, my favourite stitch.
This pattern is available at http://www.yourfamily.co.za/crafts/pink-panther-pattern
Lizzard’s Fin the Human
Lizzard gave a lot of instructions but because she used a lot of small parts so it can get a bit confusing. Scroll down her page for questions by visitors and her answers. It should clear things up a bit. Oh, Jake the Dog is available for free too.
This pattern is available at http://lizzardcrafts.blogspot.sg/2012/04/finn-human.html
Juanamac’s Frozen Olaf Doll
Something for fans of Frozen.
This is a surprisingly good pattern of Olaf. It is knitted using double-pointed needles but it can be replaced with circular needles.
This pattern is available at https://theknitguru.com/2014/08/10/olaf-from-frozen-knitting-pattern/
I read the Miffy picture books to my nephew and niece when they were little. It is nice to see knitting patterns for this little rabbit.
There are some gaps in the pattern. It didn’t say how you should attach the head to the body but I think it is intuitive yah. Another knitter mentioned that she picked up stitches from the head to knit the body. Not a bad idea. Or you can do a provisional cast on for the head so you get live stitches later.
This pattern is available at http://knitterbees.blogspot.sg/2012/03/miffy-and-her-balloon-plush-toy-pattern.html
Another version of Miffy. Construction is similar to Knitterbees. Knit the head and divide for the ears.
This pattern is available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-in-a-blue-dress
Section: Knitted Toys: 14 Cute Toys To Knit by Tatyana Korobkova [book]
I wanted to add this book into this guide because it contains 14 toy doll patterns. It is worth buying although you can also try your local library.
Tatyana’s dolls are probably not suitable for very young children. They are more delicate and not good for rough play. An older child may be captivated by their cuteness and play with them with more care.
Tatyana seems to think that even beginners can make her dolls as she starts off her book with the basic techniques like how to hold the needles, cast-on, knit and purl stitches.
I really appreciate her taking the time to teach assembling the parts using thread jointing. There are step-by-step instructions with pictures or illustrations. She did the same with hairstyle and limbs.
Each project consists of abbreviations, materials needed, section by section and row by row instructions. Tatyana is meticulous. She also included pictures of each completed parts. There is no guessing with her patterns.
Tatyana uses some unique techniques to shape her dolls. Even experienced knitters might learn a few new tricks.
That’s all to this doll list for now.