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JanaGeek on craftsy.com
Salt Lake City, Utah

My goal is to provide the most accurate, detailed, and clear crochet instructions possible. I spend many hours writing, designing, proof-reading, and testing each pattern. Each pattern includes ...

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Babushka Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

from Amigurumi Geek
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Babushka Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
Babushka Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
Babushka Matryoshka Nesting Dolls
Babushka Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Read a crochet pattern
  • Chain
  • Slip stitch
  • Single crochet
  • Single crochet decrease
  • Back post single crochet

Pattern Description:

I love making custom-designed crochet dolls for my friends, and I especially love challenging requests. One friend asked me to crochet a set of five yarn dolls that look like traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, and she wanted them to stack together like the real thing. After much experimenting with different yarns and dimensions, I came up with an easy-to-make, stackable set of yarn dolls that hold their shape whether nested or hollow, with the top resting snug on the base. They look great on display, or would make a fun plaything for a young child!

My pattern includes special construction techniques for making hollow dolls that hold their shape. Pattern also lists the specific materials you will need, including brands and colors, available at most craft stores such as Michael's or Walmart, or order online at craft stores such as www.joann.com.

Pattern includes:
-- definitions of stitch abbreviations
-- materials list
-- step-by-step color photo illustrations
-- cutting guides for faces and flowers for each doll
-- optional heart designs

I am happy to answer questions you may have via email at janawhitley@yahoo.com


With E hook (3.5 mm), 9 single crochet stitches x 9 rows = 2 inches square.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Dolls' heights: --5 inches (13 cm) --4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) --4 inches (10 cm) --3 1/2 inches (8.5 cm) --2 1/4 inches (5.5 cm)


  • E hook (3.5 mm)
  • (1) skein Caron's One Pound 4-ply, medium weight yarn in Claret or another color of same brand (Loops & Threads Impeccable Worsted will also work)
  • (8) 6mm x 12-inch (30.5 cm) red pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems or fuzzy sticks)
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic felt in cream, pale pink, and brown
  • Embroidery floss in black and red
  • Embroidery needle(4) 3mm "Pearls" black beads for eyes (optional)
  • "Invisible" nylon thread
  • Small "quilting sharp" needle
  • Scant amount of polyester fiberfill
  • One or two 1/2-inch metal screw hex nuts for weight
  • Yarn needle, large-headed pins, and scissors
  • Tacky craft glue (optional)

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

(1) skein Caron's One Pound 4-ply, medium weight yarn in Claret