Little Lola- Free Pattern

Every little girl needs a doll just like themselves!

This sweet 15″ doll can be made using any medium weight yarn and any colors.

She is super huggable and will be a treasure for years to come!

I made the original version of this doll about one year ago, for my daughter. You can read about it in this post . I had written up the instructions as I was making it, and had planned to revise it shortly thereafter and then publish the pattern. But like a lot of my plans, it fell to the wayside.

Then a couple of months ago I posted photos of the doll to Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in having one made for themselves, and to my surprise, I received a lot of requests and positive feedback.

So I set out to work and began making dolls, revising and editing the pattern along the way.

The doll went through quite a number of changes, however, most of the changes made were in the written pattern. I tried to make the pattern as simple and straightforward as possible, and have included a few photos to help aid in it’s construction.

At the end of the pattern I’ve included photos of some of the other dolls I made using this pattern. It is my hope that you’ll find inspiration and ideas from those photos for your own doll.

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Little Lola

© Amanda Bryant 2019

Materials Used:

Medium weight yarn:

Color A- Aran (Red Heart Super Saver)- Skin

Color B- Black (Mainstays Basics)- Shoes and Shoestraps

Color C- White (Mainstays Basic)- Socks and Sock Ruffles

Color D– Soft Gray (Big Twist Yarns Value)- Dress Ruffles

Color E- Lilac (Red Heart With Love Premium)- Dress, Skirt, Hairband

Color F– Cafe Latte (Red Heart Super Saver)-  Hair (you will need approx. 200 yards of yarn for the hair)

Color G- Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)- Middle of Flower

Color H– Perfect Pink (Red Heart Super Saver)- Flower Pedals

Small amounts of embroidery thread for the eyelashes and mouth- black, red

12 mm safety eyes

4 mm hook for doll

5 mm hook for skirt and flower

Yarn needle

Polyester Fiberfill

Optional buttons for decoration

Abbreviations Used (US Terminology):

Ch- Chain

Sc- single crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

Dc- double crochet

Beg- beginning

Inc- increase (by making 2 sc in the same st)

Dec – decrease (I used the invisible decrease, but you can use sc2tog <single crochet 2 sts together> if that is your preferred method)

Sl st- slip stitch

Sts- stitches

Blo- back loop only

Gauge:

Is not important, just be sure that your stitches are very close together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through any of the stitches.

Finished Measurements:

about 15” tall (depending on the yarn brands you use, the size of the finished doll could be slightly smaller or larger)

Special Notes/Helpful Hints:

– The doll is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join at the end/beg of each round.

– Use a stitch marker to mark the end/beg of each round, and move it up as your work progresses.

– Stuff the doll as your work progresses.

– I make the ruffles before stuffing the body parts, which makes it easier to sew in the yarn tails. But you can add the ruffles after stuffing if you prefer.

To make a ruffle, holding the doll/body part upside down, join yarn in the specified color with a sc in the first unused loop of the specified round. (Hdc, sc) in the same st. Sl st in the next unused loop. *(sc, hdc, sc) in the next unused loop, sl st in the next unused loop. Repeat from the * around, ending with a sl st in the last unused loop. Join with a sl st to the top of the beg sc, fasten off and sew in the loose ends.

Instructions:

Head-

Starting at the top of the head, using Color A and smaller hook, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second ch from hook (8 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3- (sc, inc) around (24 sc)

Round 4- (2 sc, inc) around (32 sc)

Round 5- (3 sc, inc) around (40 sc)

Round 6-  sc around (40 sc)

Round 7- (4 sc, inc) around (48 sc)

Round 8-  sc around (48 sc)

Round 9- (5 sc, inc) around (56 sc)

Rounds 10- 21- sc around (56 sc)

Next, place safety eyes between rounds 13 and 14, about 5-6 stitches apart

Round 22- (5 sc, dec) around (48 sc)

Round 23- (4 sc, dec) around (40 sc)

Round 24- (3 sc, dec) around (32 sc)

Round 25- (2 sc, dec) around (24 sc)

Round 26- (sc, dec) around (16 sc)

Round 27- dec in ea sc around (8 sc)

Sl St in the next sc and fasten off. Weave in yarn tail.

Ears (make 2)

Using Color A and smaller hook, ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from hook ( 6 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 3-4-  sc around (12 sc)

Sl St in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long tail. Do not stuff the ear (however, you can stuff the beg yarn tail into the ear before sewing the ear to the head).

Fold ear flat, and through both thicknesses sew to the side of head, lining the top of the ear up with the top of the eye.

Legs- (make 2)

Starting at the shoes, using Color B and the smaller hook, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second chain from hook (8 sc)

Round 2- inc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3- (sc, inc) around (24 sc)

Rounds 4- 8- sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color C

Rounds 9-11- sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color A

Round 12- (this is where the sock ruffle will be added to later) working in the blo, sc around (24 sc)

Rounds 13- 17- working in both loops again, sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color D

Round 18- sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color E

Round 19- (this is where the ruffle on the bottom of the shorts will be added to later) working in the blo, sc around (24 sc)

Rounds 20- 24- working in both loops again, sc around (24 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail (this will be used to sew up the crotch later). DO NOT FASTEN OFF SECOND LEG; only fasten off for the first leg!

Next, make ruffles on the legs as instructed in the Special Notes/Helpful Hints portion at the beginning of the pattern (join yarn in the first unused/front loop of specified round):

In the unused loops of round 12 use Color C

In the unused loops of round 19 use Color D

Next- weave the yarn tails inside of legs and secure. If it’s easier for you (and you haven’t stuffed the leg yet), turn the leg inside out to secure the yarn tails.

After making the second leg, and continuing with Color E:

(Leg Joining Round)- Join the second leg to the first leg with a sc (place a marker in this st as it’s the first st of the round)

Joining the second leg to the first with a sc.

Sc in each of the next 20 sc on the first leg, sk the last 3 sc on the first leg, and sk the first 3 sc on the second leg. Join the legs with a sc

After second leg join is made.

SC in each of the next 20 sc on the second leg (which will bring you back to the beg of the round where the first join was created). There will be 3 sc unjoined/unstitched from each leg in the crotch of the doll (for a total of 6 skipped sc). There will be 21 sc on each leg equalling 42 sc around.

Next, using the long yarn tail from the first leg, sew up the crotch seam.

Showing where to sew up the crotch.

Secure with a knot and tuck the remainder of the yarn tail inside one of the legs (it will be buried with stuffing).

Begin body:

(stuff the doll as work progresses)-

Still continuing with Color E and the smaller hook,  

Rounds 1- 7- sc around (42 sc)

Progress of beginning the body portion of the doll.

Round 8- (dec,19 sc) around (40 sc)

Round 9- sc around (40 sc)

Round 10- (this is where the skirt will be attached to later) working in the blo, sc around (40 sc)

Rounds 11- 21- working in both loops again, sc around (40 sc)

Round 22- (3 sc, dec) around (32 sc)

Rounds 23-24- sc around (32 sc)

Round 25 – (2 sc, dec) around (24 sc)

Rounds 26- sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color D

Round 27- sc around (24 sc)

Change to Color A

Round 28- (this is where the collar ruffle will be added to later) working in the blo, sc around (24 sc)

Round 29- working in both loops again, sc around  (24 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the head to the body.

Next, make the ruffle on the collar as instructed in the Special Notes/Helpful Hints portion at the beginning of the pattern:

In the unused loops of round 28 use Color D

Before beginning the skirt, stuff the body firmly.

Skirt-

Holding the doll upside down and using the larger hook with Color E,

Round 1- join yarn with a sc in the first unused loop of round 10 of the body. Make 1 sc in ea of the next 39 unused loops around (40 sc)

Round 2- (4 sc, inc) around (48 sc).

Round 3- sc around (48 sc).

Round 4- (5 sc, inc)  around (56 sc).

Round 5- sc around (56 sc).

Round 6- (6 sc, inc) around (64 sc)

Rounds 7-11-  sc around (64 sc)

Change to Color D

Round 12- sc around (64 sc)

Ruffle- Round 13- (sc, hdc, sc) in the first sc, sl st in the next sc. *(sc, hdc, sc) in the next sc, sl st in the next sc. Repeat from * around, ending with a sl st in the last sc. Join with a sl st in the first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (make 2):

With Color A and the smaller hook, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second ch from the hook (8 sc)

Round 2- inc in ea sc around (16 sc)

Round 3-18- sc around (16 sc)

Change to Color D

Round 19- sc around (16 sc)

Change to Color E

Round 20- (this is where the sleeve ruffle will be added to later) working in the blo, sc around (16 sc)

Rounds 21-30- working in both loops again, sc around (16)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Next, make a sleeve ruffle as instructed in the Special Notes/Helpful Hints portion at the beginning of the pattern:

In the unused loops of round 20 use Color D

All of the body pieces made thus far.

Finish stuffing arm, flatten opening and working through both thicknesses, sew arm to the side of body in round 26 directly below the collar ruffle.

Next, make sure the body is stuffed firmly, and using the long yarn tail at the end of round 29 of the body, sew the head to the open neck. Before completely sewing the head on, add a bit more stuffing to the neck (the head will be heavy after the hair is added, so firmly stuff the neck to help support it).

Shoe straps-

With Color B and smaller hook, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing strap to the shoe (10 sc). Weave in the short (beg) yarn tail. Sew the straps to the front of the shoes, slightly curved.  Next, sew decorative buttons onto the side edges of the shoe straps.

Flower Applique-

With the larger hook and Color G, Ch 4 and join to form a ring

Round 1- Ch 2 (this counts as the first hdc). Make 11 hdc in the ring, join with a sl st to the top of the first hdc. Fasten off. (12 hdc)

Change to Color H

Round 2- Join yarn with a sl st to the top of any of the hdc from Round 1. Ch 2, make 3 dc in the same hdc, ch 2, sl st in the next hdc. *Ch 2, make 3 dc in the next hdc, ch 2, sl st in the next hdc. Repeat from the * around. Join with a sl st to the bottom of the first Ch-2 made. Fasten off. Weave in yarn tails and sew the flower to the doll’s chest.

Hair-

***Notes***The hair is made using a technique referred to as “knotting”. If you’re unfamiliar with this method, please check out this link (I thought about making my own tutorial, but my lighting is always bad, and besides, this tutorial is awesome and why mess with greatness?)

You may wish to mark the outline of the hairline with sewing pins on your dolls head before attaching the hair. The front hairline (brow) begins on the 4th round above the top of the eyes. The back hairline (neck) is worked 2 rounds below the bottom of the earlobes. The side hairlines are worked on a slight slant from the front hairline down to the top of the ears, behind the ears and to the back hairline.

Once you have your pins placed, knot your yarn strands into place along the marked hairlines (remove pins as you work). Once the hairline is knotted in all the way around, begin filling in the head.

With Color F, cut roughly 600 12 inch pieces of yarn (if you are placing hair strands in every single hole…less if you are skipping holes). 600 12” strands of hair= 7200” or 200 yards of yarn. Attach to head using the “knotting” method in the tutorial link above. I use a 4 mm hook to knot the hair in. You may wish to use a smaller or larger hook. But I like this size hook because it fits nicely into the holes between the stitches.

Facial Features
Use this photo for reference when creating Lola’s facial features.

***Note*** To hide the yarn/thread tails when the stitching of the facial feature is complete, weave the tails through to the backside of the head so that both tail ends are coming out of the same stitch/hole, secure with a knot and push the yarn tails inside the head.

Nose- Using a long piece of Color A, stitch the nose onto the center of the face, over the span of 3-4 stitches. Make 5-6 wraps through the stitches. Weave in and secure the yarn tails.

Mouth- using red embroidery thread, stitch on the mouth (smile!). Weave in and secure the thread tails.

Eyelashes- using black embroidery thread, stitch on the eyelashes as shown. Weave in and secure the thread tails.

Hair band-

With Color D ch 100 Fasten off.

***NOTE***- For the hair band, if you are fastening decorative buttons to it, you can either make the chain first and then string the chain through the button holes (provided the button holes are big enough for the yarn chain to fit through), or, you can add the buttons while you are making the chain. To do this, first string the yarn with your button(s). Then begin making your chain and when you reach the point that you want your buttons placed at just slide the button into place and work a ch st behind the back of the button. For the doll in the photo I chained about 40, then moved the button over and chained behind the button. At ch 45 I added the second button, ch st’d behind the button, and continued to make the rest of the ch.

And last but not least, here are some photos of some of the other dolls I’ve made using this pattern. A lot of people requested I make them using pinks and purples, however the sky’s the limit when choosing which colors you want to use! You can also omit the frills, leave off the decorative buttons, change the hair and skin colors, and try different hairstyles.

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