See more pictures on my Ravelry project page (it’s public)

This doll is made almost in one piece. The only sewing that is needed is to attach the bottoms of her feet. If her feet had looked better simply sewn closed, she would have been made in one piece, and you are fully free to do that if you so desire. Everything else is crocheted right onto the doll.

This doll has floppy arms and legs, and can sit if you weight her bottom, unlike prior dolls I have done in one piece. Her hat has tiny kitty ears and her bottom has a short tail.

Note: I use the term “free loops” a heck of a lot in this pattern, so it’s vital that you know what I mean. Here is a page that sort of explains it, but basically the “free loop” is the half of the stitch left behind when you have been working in just the back loops or just the front loops. I have you attach the yarn into these loops to do things like make the hair or start the arms and legs.

Also Note: This pattern is the most complex of my dolls to date. She’s not hard to make, but if my instructions confuse you at all please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message on Ravelry.

Materials I Used
– Red Heart Super Saver in Buff and Yellow
– Caron One Pound in Orange
– H Hook
– Doll Eyes (I lost the package so no idea what size, sorry!)

Special Stitches
Ear: Chain 2, sc in 2nd chain from hook. Note that this does NOT count as a stitch on the next round.
Tail: Chain 6, slip stitch loosely into the back of the 2nd ch from hook and the remaining 4 chs. Note that this does NOT count as a stitch on the next round.
DEC: Insert hook under the front loop of the next stitch. Twist around and insert the hook under the front loop of the stitch after that as well. Yarn over and draw through both front loops. Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. One decrease made. Note that if the instructions have you working in the BLO, do the same except use the back loops instead of the front loops.

Instructions:
Note: Pattern is worked in the round without joining, so be sure to mark the beginning of the round.

Hat

RND 1 – With orange, CH 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook
RND 2 – 2 SC in each sc (12 sc)
RND 3 – (SC in next st, 2 SC in next st) around (18)
RND 4 – SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, SC in next st. Make EAR. SC in next st, 2 SC in next st. (SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st) twice. SC in next st. Make EAR. SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in last st. (24 sc and 2 ears)
RND 5 – SC in each st around, remembering to SKIP the ears (24 sc)
RND 6 – SC in each st around
RND 7 – SC in the FLO of each st around, slip st twice, FO orange

Head and Hair Setup
-Turn hat inside out and hold it so that you will be inserting the hook going from the brim towards the top. Attach Yellow to the free loops left over from the last round of the hat and SC in each free loop around (24 sc)
– Draw the loop big and remove hook. Do NOT cut the yellow yarn.

Head
RND 1 – Attach Buff and SC in the BLO of the yellow hair ring. (24 sc)
RND 2 – Turn hat right side out now. Making sure the yellow loop/yarn is in front, and continuing around with the Buff, SC around
RND 3 – SC in each st around
RND 4 – (SC in next 2 sts, DEC) around (18 sts)
RND 5 – (SC in next st, DEC) around (12 sts)

Hair
– Remove hook from the Buff but do NOT cut the yarn. Insert the hook into the dangling Yellow loop.
– Fold back the edge of the hat. We will now be working in the free loops that are now exposed.
– SLST in the first free loop
– (CH 8, SLST in the next free loop) 9 times
– (CH 3, SLST in the next free loop) 7 times
– (CH 8, SLST in the next free loop) until you are out of free loops
– CH 8, SLST in the first slip stitch
– FO Yellow

Body
– If you are using plastic eyes, now is a good time to insert them. Note that the beginning of the round should be towards the back and the eyes should be relatively centered between the two ears.
– Now would also be a good time to stuff the head
– Insert the hook back into the dangling Buff loop
RND 1 – DEC around (6 sts)
RND 2 – SC in each st around
RND 3 – SC in next st, changing to Orange as you finish the stitch. SC in same st, 2 SC is each of the remaining sts (12 sts)
RND 4 – (SC in next st, 2 SC in next st) around (18 sts)
RND 5 – (SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st) around (24 sts)
RND 6(arms setup round) (SC in the next 7 sts, SC in the BLO of the next 5 sts) twice
You may wish to stuff the neck some now
RND 7 – SC in each st around
RND 8 – SC in each st around
RND 9 – SC in each st around
RND 10 – SC in each st around
RND 11 – SC in each st around
RND 12 – SC in each st around
RND 13 – SC in each st around
(Note, if you lost count that was 7 rounds of plain sc)
RND 14 – SC in the next 5 sts, Make TAIL, SC in the remaining sts of round
RND 15 – SC in each st around, remembering to skip over the tail
RND 16(Leg setup round) (SC in next 2 sts, DEC) 3 times. Working in the BLO, (SC in next 2 sts, DEC) twice, SC in next 2 sts. Working normal again, DEC to end the round (18 sts)
Stuff body
RND 17 – (SC in next st, DEC) around (12 sts)
RND 18 – DEC around (6 sts)
FO Buff and cinch up bottom

Note that at this point you have a doll body with free loops where the arms and legs will be attached. Also note that while it appears there is only one section for the legs, each leg will be worked over half of that section.

Legs
Hold doll so that the head is pointed downwards. Attach Orange to the first leg free loop.
– SLST in the first 5 free loops. CH 1, turn.
RND 1 – SC in the front loops of each of the slip stitches. Turn and SC along the other side of the slip stitches. You will now be working around in a spiral once again. (10 sts)
RND 2 – SC in each st around
RND 3 – SC in each st around
RND 4 – SC in each st around
RND 5 – SC in each st around
RND 6(foot setup round) SC in the next 8 sts, CH 3, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in the next chain as well. SC in last two stitches of the round.
RND 7 – SC in next 8 sts. SC 2 in the edge of the chain from the previous round, SC in the two new sc from the previous round, SC in last two stitches of the round (14 sts)
RND 8 – SC in each st around
RND 9 – SLST 3, FO orange

Attach Orange to the first free loop directly after the first leg and make a second leg.

Arms
Hold the doll with the head downwards and one of the arm spots facing you.
– Attach Orange to the first free loop and SLST in each of the 5 free loops, CH 1, turn
RND 1 – SC in the FLO of the slip stitches, turn and SLST along the other side of the slip stitches. You will now be working in a spiral once again. (10 sts)
RND 2 – SC in each st around
RND 3 – SC in each st around
RND 4 – SC in each st around
RND 5 – SC in each st around
RND 6 – SC in each st around
RND 7 – SC in the FLO of each st around. SLST 1, FO Orange.
– Folding back the edge of the orange sleeve, attach Buff to the free loops.
RND 1 – SC in each free loop around (10 sts)
RND 2 – SC in each st around
Stuff arm
RND 3 – DEC around (5 sts)
FO, stuff arm more if needed, cinch up opening

Repeat for the second arm.

Food Pads (make two)
With Orange, CH 5
RND 1 – 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 2 chains, 2 SC in last chain. Turn. Now working along the backside of the chain, repeat what you did for the first half of the round. (12 sc)
SLST twice, FO

Finishing
– Stuff the legs and sew the foot pads over the openings.
– Embroider face if you haven’t already
– Weave in all ends if you haven’t already