Tinko is a doll made entirely in one piece. Yes, there’s a bit of sewing, but it’s nothing major.
Yarn and an appropriately sized hook.
– Red Heart Super Saver in Buff and Red (maybe cherry red, they’ve got a lot of reds)
– H hook
Note that I first give the instructions plain, without any of the color work. That way you can add your own without having to reinterpret things. The instructions for the diaper/undies will be at the end. Also, this is done in a spiral without joining, so you’ll probably want to mark the beginning of the round.
Edit as of 2-11-2011: Noticed a small missing instruction. I’ve marked it in blue.
Rnd 1 – CH 2, 6 SC in 2nd chain from hook
Rnd 2 – 2 SC in each st (12 sc)
Rnd 3 – (1 SC in next st, 2 SC in next st) 6 times around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 – SC
Rnd 5 – SC
Rnd 6 – (Ears round) SC in the next 5 sts, CH 3, SlSt in the 3rd ch from hook, SC in next 9 sts, CH 3, SlSt in the 3rd ch from hook, SC in next 4 sts
Rnd 7 – SC around, skipping over the chains (still 18 sc)
Rnd 8 – (SC in next st, DEC) around (12 sc)
Rnd 9 – SC
Body – Chest and Arms
Rnd 10 – (SC in next st, 2 SC in next stitch) twice, CH 7, SC in second ch from hook and in each ch (so 6 sc along chain), (SC in next st, 2 SC in next st) three times, CH 7, 6 SC along chain, SC in next st, 2 SC in next st
Rnd 11 – SC 6, SC 12 around arm (6 up chain, 6 back down the sc), SC 9, SC 12 around arm, SC 3 (42 sc)
Rnd 12 – SC
Body – Rest of tummy
Rnd 13 – SC 6, skip 12 (the arm), SC 9, skip 12 (other arm), SC 3 (18 sc)
Rnd 14 – SC
Rnd 15 – SC
Body – Butt
Rnd 16 – SC
Rnd 17 – SC
Rnd 18 – SC
Rnd 19 – SC
Rnd 20 – SC
If you haven’t yet, you will want to stuff the head and body now
Legs – Right (from looking head on)
Place a marker in the 4th sc from the hook
Place a marker in the 9th sc from previous marker
Setup – SC 3, note last sc as new end of round, skip stitches between markers (including the marked stitches). Start of next round will be in the sc directly after the second marker
Rnd 21 – SC (8 sc)
Rnd 22 – SC
Rnd 23 – SC
Rnd 24 – SC
Rnd 25 – SC
Rnd 26 – (SC in next st, skip next stitch) around (4sc), slip st to even out end of round, FO and sew opening closed
Legs – Left
Hold doll head towards the floor so that the front of the doll is facing you. Attach yarn with a slip stitch to the sc directly before the marker that is facing you. The start of the round will be in the stitch directly after the marked sc on the side away from you.
Rnd 27 – SC around making sure to ignore the two marked stitches (8sc)
Rnd 28 – SC
Rnd 29 – SC
Rnd 30 – SC
Rnd 31 – SC
Rnd 32 – (SC in next st, skip next stitch) around (4sc), slip st to even out end of round, FO and sew opening closed
Step 1 – Remove markers. Poke some more stuffing into the body through the gap between the legs if needed and then stitch gap closed.
Step 2 – Gently stuff and then sew the seam on each arm.
Step 3 – Embroider face.
Step 4 – Take a length of your yarn and tie it tightly around the neck to define it a little better.
Step 5 – Deal with yarn ends.
Instructions for the undies shown in example
Note that these instructions REPLACE the rounds that they are labeled as. I found it easiest to strand the unused yarn through the stitches, but do what works best for you. I’ve color coded the instructions to make them slightly easier to follow.
R = Red
S = Skin tone
Rnd 16 – SC 2, Change to R, SC rest of round
Rnd 17 – SC
Rnd 18 – Sc 6 with R, sc 3 with S, sc 6 R, sc 3 with S
Rnd 19 – Sc 1 with S, sc 5 with R, sc 4 with S, sc 5 with R, sc 3 with S
Rnd 20 – Sc 3 with s, sc 1 with R, sc 8 with S, sc 1 with R, sc 5 with S
Note that the stitches I have you mark in the leg section are the only ones that are still red if you use the undies the way I have them written.