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Sunbeam knitted doll

Sunbeam duo

Sunbeam duo

This Sunbeam knitted doll is a very quick and simple pattern, suiting beginners and children. It takes one ball of yarn (a little more if knitted in garter stitch). You can knit separate clothing, or use coloured wool to ‘knit in’ the clothing. These dolls are given to small children, so should not have beads or buttons sewn on. Download our Sunbeam Doll Pattern.

Crocheted doll

 

Crocheted doll

Crocheted doll

This cheerful crocheted doll has a very friendly face. You’ll need 8 ply yarn in brown for the skin, plus two contrasting colours. Made on a No 3.50 crochet hook, unless using different ply yarn. Click on the heading to view and download our Crocheted doll pattern.

 

Minimum-sew dolls’ clothes

Minimum-sew dress

Minimum-sew dress

To make these Minimum-sew patterns, you only need to know how to start and finish a line of running stitch with strong oversews. Experienced dollmakers may add embroidery, ricrac braid, lace, pieces of felt or appliqué. Download our Minimum-sew dolls’ clothes patterns for a top, skirt, pants and a dress made by adding a skirt to a stretch top.

Knitted monkey

Knitted Monkey

Knitted monkey

Knitted Monkey – pattern by Anne Bell

This knitted monkey pattern was devised by Uthando volunteer Anne Bell. You’ll need a single ball of 8 ply wool, in dark brown or monkey colour (or another fun colour), plus a small amount of lighter (contrast) for feet, hands, face and ears. Use 4 mm needles. We have been told that these monkeys are very much appreciated by the boys who receive our dolls. Click on the heading to view and download the Knitted Monkey pattern.


Child Wrap

Doll and Child Wraps

Child Wrap

Child Wrap

It is very nurturing for the child to wrap up a doll, and for this we suggest making a Doll Wrap. Children love to play out games of ‘real life’. Carrying a doll on their back is what their mother or older siblings do with a baby, and the Child Wrap is designed for this. Click on the heading to view and download our Doll and Child Wraps patterns.

The Witness: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion

August 2013: The Witness (a KwaZulu Natal newspaper) has an article about: Inspirational teen to share doll-making passion teaching underprivileged children.

Inspirational teen

The Witness article

“Where most teenage girls give away their old bought dolls, Lesley Jung (14) has given away hand-crafted dolls that she makes herself from scratch…”