Since I have so many little kids in my life and I’m getting a ton of little girls lately, I’ve been lovingly looking for dolls to knit. I know, most dolls are crocheted but I knew if I really searched I could find a doll pattern. My LYS is having a class with knit designer, Susan B. Anderson and that’s how I found out about her patterns.
Meet Mary, Morgan and Mille, the latest pattern I added to my collection. And who will I knit the first doll for?
Maddie! I downloaded the pattern and ordered the yarn needed to make her Morgan (or whatever she wants to call her) from KnitPicks last week. I went with the Brava Sport Acrylic so that it could be easily washed. I found the perfect brown that’s close to her skin tone and I’ve got to pick up some size 3 double pointed needles and stuffing for the doll so I can get started on it soon.
Growing up our dolls were always brown because my Mother said little girls idolize and daydream their futures with the dolls they play with. So she wanted us to play with dolls that resembled who we really were. I didn’t even realize Raggedy Ann and Andy were white for a looooong time. To me everybody was black. So I’m going to give it a shot and knit this first brown doll and see how easy it is to determine if I’ll want to make more. I’m hoping it’s a quick knit, the instructions are fairly easy and direct – my only issue is that it’s on size 3 needles. And I’m most excited about knitting up clothes for Morgan and then making matching clothes for Maddie too 🙂 Because that’s what makes it even more special.
Have any of you knit dolls? Got any tips for me?
8 Replies to “Latest Obsession: Knit Dolls”
If you aren’t Maddie’s favorite person in the whole world, I can’t imagine who is! What fun for her!!
I have a Raggedy Ann doll my cheerleading coach gave me in high school. She had them made in the likeness of each girl. That was 20 years ago and I still cherish it, so making a doll is something special I hope she really loves 🙂
Wow! What a wonderful gift, and it’s even more special that you’re going to continue the tradition. I know it’s something that you and Maddie both will cherish. 🙂
Lovely little girl and very cute dolls as well…xx
Maddie is so stinkin’ cute I just can’t handle it. I bet she’s going to love her awesome handknitted doll! Your mom sounds pretty much awesome.
I love that Maddie and yeah my mom is pretty awesome.
An idea: if you have leftovers from Maddie’s cardigan, you could make her doll’s dress to match.
I know! I have just a little bit left and I’m hoping it’s enough!