Amy Doll

Designed by Yvonne Boucher

Also see: Amy's Sundress and Hat

A cute little baby wearing a diaper, booties and sweater. Doll has jointed arms and legs. Finished doll is about 14 inches tall. A word about size. A great deal depends on the yarn you are using. For example, dolls made with Paton's Canadiana, as this one was, will be bigger than doll's made of WoolEase. All my toy instructions are given in row to insure the proportion of length to width will be the same no matter what yarn is used.

Gauge:
      26 stitches to 4 inches on size 3 needles
      5-1/2 stitches to 1 inch on size 6 needles

Materials:
      Doll: 3 ounces worted weight yarn in color of your choice
      Sacque and booties: 1 skein knitting worsted in color of your choice
      Diaper: 1/2 ounce white
      Hair: 1 pre-cut sheet of craft fur. If you cannot find craft fur you can find fake fur by the yard in fabric stores. Choose one with long fur and a soft backing.
      Face: scraps of black, pink and rose + 1-3/4 yards of 1/8 inch satin ribbon
      Knitting needles U.S. size 3 and 6
      Polyester fiberfill
      Yarn needle and darning needle with large eye (Yarn needle will not go through stuffing)
      2 small safety pins for diaper
      Sewing needle and thread to match fur color

Abbreviations:
      K = knit
      sts = stitches
      P = purl
      tog = together
      inc = increase

Doll:

Body: Cast on 48 stitches on size 3 needles. Beginning with a purl row, stockinette 31 rows.

Decrease for neck: (K 2 tog) Repeat across row. Beginning with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.

Increase for head: (Inc in every st) Repeat across row (48 sts)

Head: Beginning with a purl row, stockinette 23 rows.

Shape top of head: (K 4, K 2 tog) across row. Purl
            (K 3, K 2 tog) across row. Purl
            (K 2, K 2 tog) across row. Purl
            (K 1, K 2 tog) across row. Purl
            (K 2 tog) across row

Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew back seam of doll. Thread tail through yarn needle and pass through stitches remaining on needle removing them on to tail. Pull up tight to close hole. Sew back seam of doll being careful to match increase and decrease rows at neck. Stuff doll very firmly. The head should measure 12 inches around. When doll is stuffed center back seam and overcast cast on stitches at bottom of doll. Before closing the last little hole add more stuffing to fill in corners. Weave about a 20 inch length of face color yarn through center row of neck. Pull up tight. Wrap end around neck and again, pull up tight. Finish off and bury ends in doll. Tip: Use your darning needle to put yarn ends through doll.

Face: Mark position of eyes with pins. Thread a darning needle with a length of black yarn. Put through head bringing needle and yarn out at one eye position. Put needle through face 2 stitches directly above first stitch and come out at first stitch. Pull yarn through. You have completed one stitch. Repeat 2 times for a total of 3 stitches. Repeat for other eye. Fasten off.

Nose: Using pale pink, make small, horizontal stitch for nose.

Mouth: With rose yarn make a longer horizontal for mouth. Make a second smaller stitch under the first one for bottom lip. Fasten off.

Hair: Cut a circle 6½" in diameter out of fur. Cut only the backing, not the fur. With needle and thread sew a running stitch all the way around. Pull up stitches to gather. Arrange gathers evenly. Put on doll's head and pull up gathers to fit. Sew to head using whip stitch. As you sew, pull wig cap to stretch and make snug. Brush "hair" and arrange as you like.

Legs: With face color and size 3 needles, cast on 16 stitches.
            Next row: Inc in every st. (32 sts). Starting with a purl row, stockinette 5 rows.
            Next row: K 8, (K 2 tog) 8 times, K 8
            Next row: Purl
            Next row: K 8, (K 2 tog) 4 rimes, K 8 (20 sts).
            Next row: Purl
            Next row K 1, inc in next st, k to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1 Purl
            Next row: K 1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1
            Beginning with a purl row, stockinette 9 rows.
            Next row: K1, K 2 tog twice, K to last 5 sts, K 2 tog twice, K 1.
            Next row: Purl
            Next row: K 1, inc in first st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1
            Next row: Purl
            Repeat these two rows until there are 24 sts on needle. End with a purl row. Stockinette 9 rows. Bind off.
            Stuff leg very firmly. Stuff last half inch lightly so doll will sit. Over cast bound off sts.

Knee: Thread darning needle with a length of face color yarn. Pinch leg to determine where you want knee. Put yarn through at that point going straight through to other side of leg. Go over one strand of yarn (so yarn won't pull through when tightened) and go back through leg to starting point. Pull yarn ends until you have the amount of shaping that pleases you. Tie in knot and put ends through doll's leg.

Make second leg in the same way. Neatly sew seam across top of each leg to seam across bottom of doll.

Arm: (Make 2) With face color cast on 10 stitches. Purl
            Next row: Knit 1, inc in next st, knit 2, inc in next st, inc in next st, knit 2, inc in next st, knit 1
            Next row: Purl
            Next row: Knit 1, inc in next stitch, knit to last 2 stitches, inc in next stitch, knit 1
            Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows
            Next row: (Knit 2, knit 2 tog) Repeat across row. Purl
            Next row: (Knit 3, inc in next stitch) Repeat across row. (15sts) Starting with a purl row, stockinette 21 rows.
            Next row: Knit 2 together to last stitch, K 1
            Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through stitches remaining on needle. Do not pull up tight at this point. Starting at hand, gather cast on stitches and pull tight. Sew arm seam. Stuff firmly. Pull up stitches at top of arm, gathering tightly and closing hole. Fasten off.
            To join arms to body follow diagram. Pull arms tightly against body so they will stay in place.

Sweater: With sweater color and size 6 needles, cast on 52 stitches. Knit 2 rows.
            Next row: K 3, *YO, K 2 tog*. Repeat from * to * to last 3 stitches. End YO, K3
            Next row: Knit
            Dividing row:: K 10 for front, place marker, K 8 for sleeve, place marker, K 17 for back, place marker, K 8 for sleeve, place marker, K 10 for front.
            Next row: Knit across row increasing before and after each marker. Slip markers as you come to them.
            Next row: K 3, purl to last 3 sts slipping markers as you go, K 3.
            Continue to increase before and after each marker, being sure to keep the first and last three stitches in garter stitch, until you have 117 stitches on needle. End with purl row.
            Next row: Knit across stitches of left front and place on length of yarn to hold. Knit across sleeve stitches. Place stitches of back on yam holder, stitches of right sleeve on yarn holder and stitches of right front on yarn holder.

Sleeves: Now working on left sleeve only, *cast on 2 sts. Purl across row.
            Next row: Cast on 2 sts. Knit across row.
            Next row: Starting with a purl row, stockinette 9 rows.
            Garter stitch (Knit every row) 4 rows. Bind off loosely.**
            Put stitches of second sleeve on needle. Knit 1 row. Repeat directions From * to ** Sew sleeve seams.

Body: Attach yarn to sleeve edge of left front. Pick up 4 sts under left sleeve. knit across stitches of back, pick up 4 sts under right sleeve, knit across right front. Starting with a purl row, stockinette 12 rows remembering to keep first and last 3 stitches in garter stitch.. Garter stitch 4 rows. Bind off loosely. Weave a 36" length of ribbon through beading at neck of sweater. Put on doll. Tie bow in front. Trim ribbon ends to desired length.

Bootie: With bootie color cast 26 stitches on size 6 needle. Garter stitch (Knit every row) 10 rows.
            Next row: K 11, (K 2 tog) twice, K 11
            Next row: K 10, (K 2 tog) twice, K 10
            Next row: Knit
            Next row: (Knit 4, inc in next st) across row. End knit 2. (26 sts)
            Next row: Start K 1, P 1 rib. Rib for 1-1/2 inches Bind off loosely in rib. Overcast back seam and bottom of booties. Cut a 9" length of ribbon and tie in bow. Sew bow to front of bootie. Turn down cuff and slip on doll's foot. Repeat for other bootie.

Diaper: With white and size 6 needles, cast on 40 stitches. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.
            Next row: K1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K 1
            Next row: Purl.
            Repeat these two rows until there are 14 sts on needle. End with purl row.
            Next row: Knit
            Next row: Purl
            Next row: K 1, inc in first stitch, knit to last 2 sts, inc in next stitch., K 1
            Next row: Purl
            Repeat these two rows until there are 32 stitches on needle. End with a purl row.
            Next row: Knit Bind (cast) off.
            Put diaper on doll. Bring back tabs around and overlap front. Pin.

Blanket: If you wish to make a blanket for your baby use any favorite pattern or if you choose, use this old pattern based on a washcloth design. Using the combination of needles and yarn you like, cast on 4 stitches. Knit 1 row. Then K 2, YO, knit across row. Repeat this row until blanket is the sixr you want. Then K 1, K 2 tog, YO, KI 2 tog, knit to end of row. Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches on needle. Knit 1 row even and bind off.

© Copyright 2005 Yvonne Boucher
This pattern is for your personal use only. It may not be reproduced for sale, to conduct classes or make dolls for sale.