Cute Pocket Doll | Free Knitting Pattern for Babies

This sweet doll designed by Claire Garland is the perfect free knitting pattern for babies and will make a sweet little hand-me-down for generations to come. With no buttons or other items unsuitable for wee-uns, it will make a perfect gift for any new addition.

You Will Need:

  • Four 3.75mm (US size 5) double-pointed needles
  • 1 x 50g ball pink yarn (MC)
    We used Rowan Pure Wool DK Tudor Rose (046)
  • 1 x 100g ball blue yarn (C)
    We used Patons 100% Cotton 4 Ply Sky (01702)
  • 1 x 50g ball aqua yarn (Dress)
    We used Patons Diploma Gold DK Aqua (06243)
  • Toy filling
  • Pink felt
  • White sewing thread
    We used Gutermann colour 800
  • Small safety pin


free knitting pattern for babies

1. Knit the pocket doll following the pattern below:


Head and body:

Using 3.75mm double-pointed needles and MC cast on 10sts.

Step 1: Hold needle with sts in left hand (LH).

Step 2: Hold two empty dpns parallel in right hand.

Step 3: Slip first stitch onto the dpn closest to you and off the LH needle. Slip next stitch onto the dpn furthest away and off the LH needle.

Repeat steps 1–3 until all 10sts are divided onto the 2 parallel dpns.

Slide sts to other end of dpns. Work in the round over two dpns using a 3rd dpn to knit with.

Rnd 1: Beg with the 5sts at the back, k10.

Rnd 2: (inc) Kf&b, k3, kf&b, kf&b, k3, kf&b. 14sts (7sts on each dpn)

Place marker (small safety pin).

Rnd 3: K14.

Rnd 4: (inc) Kf&b, k5, kf&b, kf&b, k5, kf&b. (18sts)

Rnd 5: K18.

Rep Rnd 5 once.

Rnd 7: (inc) Kf&b, k7, kf&b, kf&b, k7, kf&b. (22sts)

Rnd 8: K22.

Rep Rnd 8 once.

Rnd 10: (inc) Kf&b, k9, kf&b, kf&b, k9, kf&b. (26sts)

Rnd 11: K26.

Rep Rnd 11 twice.

Rnd 14: (dec) Sl1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog.

Rnd 15: K22.

Rnd 16: (dec) Sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog.

Rnd 17, 19, 21: K.

Rnds 18, 20: decrease 4sts on each rnd; decreasing 1st at beg and end on each dpn. (10sts)

Rep Rnd 21 twice.

Rnd 24: (inc) Kf&b, k3, kf&b, kf&b, k3, kf&b. (14sts)

Rnd 25: K14.

Rnd 26: (inc) Kf&b, k5, kf&b, kf&b, k5, kf&b. (18sts)

Rnd 27: K18.

Rep Rnd 27 16 times.

Stuff the head and the body.



Rnd 44: (dec) K4, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k3. (16sts)

Rnd 45: K4, slide next 8sts off needles onto safety pin, k4 from back needle. (8sts)

*Rnd 46: K8.

Rep last rnd until leg, measures 15cm (6in)

(K2tog) 4 times. (4sts)

Cut yarn, thread end through sts.**

Rejoin yarn to rem 8sts, work as Right Leg from * to **.



Cast on 6sts, work i-cord until arm measures 11.5cm (4½in).

Sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog. (4sts)

Cut yarn, thread end through sts.

Sew the arms to the side of the body working a couple of sts with sewing thread to secure.



Using yarn C, cast on 36sts.

Work in garter stitch for 2 rows.

*Cast on 3, cast off 3, cast off 2sts. Slip st that’s on RH needle onto LH**, rep from * to ** to last set, cast on 3, cast off 3, cast off last 2sts.

Stitch the hair evenly onto the head with sewing thread, tie extra lengths at the back into a pony tail.

Simple dress

Using yarn Dress, cast on 34sts and divide over 3 needles; n1 — 12sts, n2 — 10sts, n3 — 12sts.

Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work evenly, knitting every rnd, for 12 rnds.

Rnd 13: (dec) (K3, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) twice, k6, (sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k3) twice. (26sts)

Work evenly, knitting every rnd, for 12 rnds.

Rnd 26: (dec) K6, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k6. (22sts)

Work evenly, knitting every rnd, for 3 rnds.

Shape the sleeves as follows:

Rnd 30: (dec) K4, cast off 4sts, k5, cast off 4sts, k3. (14sts)

Rnd 31: (inc) K4, backward loop (BL) cast on 4sts, k6, BL cast on 4sts, k4. (22sts)

Rnd 32: K22.

Cast off.

2. Dress the doll. Embroider eyes using doubled strands of white sewing thread. Make a single stitch for the eye and as the thread emerges out onto the right side of the face, snip ends as eyelashes. Cut a tiny felt triangle for the mouth and stitch onto the face with a couple of tiny stitches – or alternatively, hand-stitch a mouth using the same thread as for the eyes.

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