These simple dolls have taken Pinterest by storm! I’ve knitted a few up myself since coming across the idea and fell in love! So I thought I would show you how to knit a simple doll so that you can, too! This doll is very simple and can be knitted by beginner knitters, both young and old.

All you need to know in order to knit this simple doll is how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. The pattern is super simple and doesn’t require a lot of concentration. It’s the perfect project for a young child or older beginner knitter, and is ideal for busy and distracted moms!

How To Knit A Simple Doll

The pattern for this doll is very simple! You’ll only need a few colours depending on the kind of doll you’re after. This project is a great stash buster since you won’t be using whole balls of yarn!

Note: when changing colours make sure to leave long tails so that you can use them to sew the doll together at the end.


  • yarn in a few colours of your choice
  • scissors
  • knitting needles
  • tapestry needle
  • stuffing

The Pattern…

Step 1: Cast on 40 stitches.

Step 2: Alternating knit and purl rows, knit/purl 6 rows for the shoes/feet of your doll.

Step 3: Change colours and knit/purl 25 rows for the pants of your doll.

Step 4: Using the colour you’ve chosen for the shirt of your doll change colours and knit/purl 20 rows.

Step 5: Change colours and knit/purl 12 rows for the face of your doll.

Step 6: For the hair, change colours and knit/purl 5 rows. Then knit (or purl) two together for the next two rows.

Step 7: Cast off.

Step 7: Putting right sides together sew along the raw edges of the doll starting at the hair to close it. It will look like a tube with the top closed and leaving the shoes/feet end open.

Step 8: Along the neckline, weave a long piece of yarn all the way around.

Step 9: Stuff the head of the doll and then pull the string in the neckline tight. Tie off the string using 3 knots. Do not clip the yarn ends because you’ll use them later to sew the arms.

Step 10: Stuff the body of the doll making sure you don’t overstuff.

Step 11: Sew the bottom of the doll closed.

Step 12: Using the tail ends of the neck strings sew along the arm lines in the photo below.

Step 13: Using matching thread for your pants sew along the pants line in the center in the photo.

Finishing Your Knit Simple Doll

To finish the doll you can add eyes, hair, a scarf, a brim of a hat… anything you can imagine!

If you’re anything like me you’ll fall in love with the simplicity of this pattern and you’ll knit a few of them up in no time!