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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Mollie .. my first dollie

from By Hand, With Heart
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Mollie .. my first dollie

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • k2tog, ssk, m1, etc
  • colorwork

Pattern Description:

Mollie is the perfect first doll for your little one: she's made all in one, seamless piece ... lightly stuffed ... very cuddly-cozy in her superwash wool. A baby's first toy that's fun to knit with its bit of colorwork on the yoke and measures roughly 11-inches tall by 6-inches arm-to-arm.
Knit in worsted weight on size 4 needles, you'll need about 100yards of the main color, with 10-20 yards of the accent colors.

Mollie is a dollie to be hugged and cherished by your little doll!

doll is started at the bottom, increased slowly and then shapped thru the body
body sts are placed on hold while arms are knit
arms and body are worked together to make the colorwork yoke
the neck and head are created and then a cap is knit to the top of the head with a bit of i-cord to make the curved tip
face details are stitched on once the doll is complete
stuff the body as you go to make this completely seamless toy


24sts x 32 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette


  • approx 100 yds worsted-weight MC (here in light purple, Summit Hill superwash wool)
  • approx 10-20 yards each of three coordinating colors (here in light pink, navy, light blue)
  • bit of fingering-weight black yarn for facial details
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends and sew details
  • stitch markers to mark beg of rnd

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kraemer's Summit Hill


light purple, pink, navy, light blue