Let’s Have a CAL! … Crochet Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

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Crochet Matryoshka

As soon as I saw these crochet matryoshka  nesting dolls in Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living, I was smitten! I am definitely excited to work these up.

And guess what … I received permission to share the pattern with you! Want to work them up along with me? How about a good old fashion crochet along? Here’s what I’m thinking … we’ll run this CAL over the month of August. I will release the parts on Mondays and we’ll work up a doll a week. Then we can show off our stitchy dolls with an end-of-the-month link party and a giveaway from the publisher. Who’s in? Get your supplies ready … we start next Monday. Click here to get all the patterns as they are released or just click on the links at the bottom of each post to go forward or back one.


Here’s what you’ll need:


Worsted weight (#4 Medium).
Shown here: Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice (170 yd [156 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]), in #109 Colonial Blue (A), #110 Navy (B), #123 Beige (C), #126 Chocolate (D), #134 Terracotta (E), #144 Magenta (F), #147 Purple (G), #171 Fern (H), #158 Mustard (I), #180 Cranberry (J), 1 skein each.


Size 4 (3.5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.


10 sc and 10 rows = 2″ (5 cm) in sc stitch. Take time to check your gauge.


Stitch marker; tapestry needle; black round acrylic beads (for eyes), one hole, sizes 2mm (small) and 4mm (large), 2 beads each size; 3mm (medium), 4 beads; pink felt, 9″ × 12″ (23 × 30.5 cm), 1 sheet; small amount of fiberfill; sewing thread, in colors black (for eyes), red (for mouths), and pink (for cheeks); sewing needle.

 Click here for the patterns or on the clink below.

Large Doll Pattern →

Stitchy Nesting Dolls were designed by Amy Gaines and appear in Bara, B. (2013). Crochet at Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living. Interweave Press. Crochet along approved and pattern reprinted with permission from Interweave Press. Photography by Joe Hancock. You can read my full review of Crochet at Home and and get a peek of some other goodies from the book by clicking here.

 Crochet at Home can be purchased from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Interweave.

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122 Responses to Let’s Have a CAL! … Crochet Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

  1. Linda July 29, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    I’m in! great idea Kara, I love a CAL and I love these dolls.. I have everything except the beads and felt and then I’m ready. :)
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    • carol July 30, 2013 at 6:11 am #

      I’m in. Those dolls are great

  2. Marilyn July 29, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Kara, these dolls are so stinkin cute! What a super fun project!
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  3. Tulle Momsemor July 29, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I’m just so ready for this – I looove them!

  4. Lianne July 29, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    So cute! I love matryoshka dolls! Do these actually nest like the wooden ones do? I have printed the list and am going to get the supplies this week. This will be my first CAL. :)

    • Kara July 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      Yes they do :)

      • Lianne August 1, 2013 at 12:48 am #

        That’s wonderful! I know I’m going to enjoy them!

  5. nancy July 29, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    count me in….august si a great time for me to do a cal…

  6. Alessandra July 29, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I really love Matryoshka dolls!!! You are tempting me….!!!!
    xxxxx Ale
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  7. Elizabeth Hewitt Dye July 29, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I would LOVE to join!!! My mom would LOVE these for Christmas!!!

  8. Mandy Jo July 29, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I have never done a CAL, but would love to try my hand at it! I see all the information for what is needed for this project, but do not see the pattern. How is this attained?
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    • Kara July 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      I will release the parts on Mondays. All you need are the supplies :)

      • Beth Ann August 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        So, If I understand correctly, The first part will be released on August 5th? I am so excited about this CAL. Fun, cute and perfect for gift giving!!!

        • Kara August 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

          Yes, you’re correct :)

  9. Sandy July 29, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I would love to try these with you, they are so cute!
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  10. Shelia Claring July 29, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I want in!!!

  11. Kathi July 29, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    I am so in! I can’t wait to start!

  12. Leslie July 29, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I can’t wait! These are adorable and what a fun CAL.

  13. Cassie July 29, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I’ll try!!!!!

  14. Abi iHae July 29, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I would LOVE to join in this CAL!!! <3

  15. Lavanya July 29, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I’m in. Lovely CAL

  16. Lisa July 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Yes please!

  17. Christy July 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    I’d love to give these a try, too! Thanks!

  18. Denise Royal July 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I am in.

  19. Jenna July 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Adorable, I would love to try this CAL :-)

  20. Carrie July 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I have never done a CAL before but I think I have to do this one. I will have to carve out the time to do it but I think it will be fun.
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    • Donna August 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      adorable would love to join in too

  21. Di July 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Would love to give it a go, though not done a CAL before

  22. De'Anna July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Hey, I bought this pattern and have been wanting to make more. Perfect timing. Mine didn’t have crochet faces though they had felt faces. Can’t wait. :-)

  23. Dai July 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Too cute! I’d love to join in!

  24. Michelle July 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Would LOVE to!!! = )

  25. sharlyn July 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I’m in! What a fun CAL to do :)

  26. Guillermina July 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks a lot, you’ve read my mind. I was going to crochet some matryoshkas but I never made time to do it. Now, I have no excuse, I’d love to join the CAL!
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  27. Janette July 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    I would love to give this ago. Great pattern and great idea

  28. Teresa M July 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I’m in. I love nesting dolls:)

  29. Milan July 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I’d love to join! My mom, who is first generation Russian, will love this! Thank you and many thanks to Interweave Press.

  30. Marlon Reinmann July 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    YES! I have seen these before and have always loved them. I want to join in on the CAL…

  31. Carol Pina July 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I would love to join in! love Carol

  32. Jenny Kaenrath July 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    I’m in. I love these little dolls, not that I need anymore little things but I can’t past this up :)

  33. Linda Alm July 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    I have never done a cal before, however, would be excited to do this one!! Thank you for offering it.

  34. Dee July 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I would love to give it a try.

  35. Jackie Sutt July 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    I’m in. Looking forward to my first CAL.

  36. Astri July 30, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    You pick the best stuff to make!
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  37. Miti July 30, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    I haven’t done a CAL either. Would love to join in!

  38. SallyStrawberry July 30, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    Am it! :-) Can’t wait!

  39. Wanda July 30, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    My daughter would love these for Christmas. I would definitely love to join. Looking forward to Mondays now LOL.

  40. Maggie July 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Would love to join in but am away next week – hope I’ll be able to play catch up!

  41. JoAnne July 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I love nesting dolls. Can’t wait to start. Thank you.

  42. Leesa July 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Count me in! Always wanted to try a CAL No time like the present or in 1 week :)

  43. Deborah Jackson July 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I love nesting dolls and doing small items.

  44. Maggie B. July 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Yarn ordered!! Looking forward to a Monday for a change!!

  45. Roxanne L July 31, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Yipeee!! These are so cute and the CAL sounds like fun.

  46. Patti July 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    The dolls are very cute! I would love to join your CAL. Just need to pick up a few things. I love your site and am a long time e-mail follower!

  47. stacie July 31, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    so cute, i’m in for sure!

  48. Moke August 1, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Fantastic – I’ve wanted to make a set of these little characters for some time – I’m definitely in! Thanks you.

  49. Luciana B Bulhões August 1, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Yes, I do!

  50. lheurebleue August 1, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    wonderful! i’m in!

  51. Karen Grawe August 1, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    When I go to print – only the “What You’ll Need” page prints out. Where are the directions? Thank you for your help.

  52. Kristin @ Kit's Crafts August 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    These are adorable! I will definitely need to make these little dolls for my daughter!
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  53. Sally August 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I have wanted to do these for a long time……have never done a CAL but would love to try♥

  54. Chippaliz August 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh wow! They are great! Im in!

  55. Jennie August 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    I just subscribed after seeing the nesting dolls. I would like to join your CAL, how do I join?

    • Kara August 2, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      Hi Jennie! You don’t have to “officially” sign up. Just join right in on Monday :)

  56. Sara August 2, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I wish I had the time to participate in this crochet a-long. I haven’t participated in one all year. This looks like it is going to be a fun one.
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  57. Judy August 2, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Too cute to resist. First CAL scared I’ll forget to check in !!

  58. D'Ann Gayler August 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Count me in. I can use some of my meganormous stash for these. And my 16 granddaughters will love them. Thanks for sharing this.

  59. Aida F. August 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    OMYGOD it’s like you read my mind. I was just thinking of finding a pattern on theses dolls to make for my Mom, thank you for sharing!!

  60. Laurel August 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m in–I’m a beginning crocheter but I love these & will work hard to make them!

  61. Saf August 2, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Me! Me! Me! I want in! I don’t have the required yarn though, so I’ll use what I have in my stash. So fun!

  62. REBECCA STEPHEN August 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I found your yarn a few months ago and it is wonderful. I will continue to buy more. thank you

  63. karen mo August 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I want in too :) also will be using lots o’ stash. I never did this, hope I can keep up.

  64. Connie Wright August 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Love these and am ready for the Crochet along. This is my first so can someone tell me where to get the pattern and how the crochet along works?

    Thanks! Connie

  65. Sheri August 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I’m in!

  66. Lena Martinolli August 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I would love to join this CAL. How do I join it?

  67. Amy August 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m in. I love matryoshka dolls. I have two sets of wooden dolls, and a measuring cup set. I’ll raid my stash!

  68. Diane Ford August 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I am addicted to finding and making these dolls for some reason! I have made them every way – sewn, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, even painted on stones! Have made them nesting in little pockets using felt, but never crocheted to actually fit inside of each other like the wooden ones. New to Crocheting-along, but looking forward to joining in.

  69. Lillian August 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m in, they look great!

  70. Gail August 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I would love to participate!

  71. Susan August 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    sounds like fun! love nesting dolls

  72. Amber Soontiëns August 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    O how nice! I’m joining this CAL too. Great idea!

  73. Karen S August 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    I think my niece would love this.

  74. Roberta August 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I am definitely in!!!

  75. Nikoa August 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Just another reason I wish I knew how to crochet!!

  76. Julie August 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    I am excited to join in! Fingers are crossed that I can keep up with you :)

  77. gina August 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    I so want it! I’m obsessed with matryoshkas!

  78. Amy August 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I love matryoshkas. I have 2 wooden sets, and a ceramic measuring cup set. I want to join.

  79. Rozetta August 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I love these dolls. I want to join also.

  80. Pat Wells August 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I can’t wait to get started, I’m in.

  81. Terri August 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    How fun! I’ve never been part of a CAL before! Looking forward to this!

  82. Terri August 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    How fun! I’ve never been part of a CAL before! Looking forward to this!

  83. Marie August 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    Yes plz my daughter loves these Lil dolls!

  84. Sheryl August 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    How do I participate? Do I just check back here every Monday? This is new to me but I wish to participate :)

  85. Susan August 3, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    I want to play!

  86. Ria August 3, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    I’d like to join in

    • Helen August 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      I would love to join.

  87. Donna August 3, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Count me in. Looks like fun.

  88. Kunni Biener August 3, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Absolutely in!

  89. Robena Tyndall August 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Can’t wait to get started on these dolls

  90. Beth Ann August 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    OMG, These are SO CUTE!!!! My daughter (12) LOVES these dolls and has already a nice collection, this would be a wonderful Birthday present for me to make and give her!!!! I am SO IN!!!!! ( Even though I am a little late to the start)


  91. Diane August 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    yes count me in!!

  92. Stacie August 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I have never been part of a CAL before. I have never done a project like this in crochet but I want to follow along to learn. Not sure if I am getting the correct links, thinking maybe the pattern will be up on Monday. Is there anything else that I need to do?

    • Kara August 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Yep, you got it … we start with the first pattern on Monday :)

  93. Kara August 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I am getting sooooo excited!! I’m thrilled you will all be joining me!

  94. Jeanie August 4, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    This looks so fun! It will be my first CAL…hope I can keep up :)

  95. Rhondda Mol August 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I so want to participate in this CAL!! Fingers crossed I can squeeze this in my crazy schedule :) Thank you so much for linking this up on my First Link Party Kara – I really appreciate it :)
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  96. Lesley August 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I’m in too

  97. Tracy A August 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I would like to join in on this cal. I’ve never done this before & this is all new to me. Not sure how this all works but hopefully I will catch on. Please let me know what I need to do. Thank you, Tracy

  98. Karin August 5, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I really love these dolls,they are my favorite.
    I’m in, my first CAL

  99. Melinda August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I’m in, this will be my first CAL. The dolls are beautiful, my daughter was very excited to hear that they nest just like the wooden ones.

  100. Tammy August 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    oh I am so in

  101. Tammy August 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I’m in

  102. sheila August 6, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    would love to join in

  103. Caryn August 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm #


    I just subscribed to your website and am very eager to start the CAL – Crochet Matryoshka Nesting Dolls. My daughter has loved these dolls since she was a little girls and I am going to try to make these to surprise her :) Did I miss the first part of the directions for this since I just subscribed to your site today? If so, could you PLEASE send me the directions?

    Looking forward to this project :)

    Thank you so, so much!!

    • Kara August 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

      So glad you are joining in! The first pattern was released Monday :)

  104. Beth Ann August 7, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Finished the Bottom! Now starting the Top. Using black yarn for top, so I am having a bit more of a time with it , but I am hoping to finish the top by tonight. Thank you for hosting this CAL. I can’t wait to see my daughters face when she gets these!

  105. Amanda August 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    These look so cute and I really want to make them but I don’t know what a CAL is or what I am supposed to do to get the pattern. I am very confused.

    • Kara August 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      It’s fun and easy … we just all crochet them at the same time and share our projects and experiences. The first pattern was released on Monday and a new part will be released each Monday through August.

  106. Pat Wells August 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    I’m in, I can’t wait to start. I know I’m a few days late, hope that is okay.

  107. Tonya Dale August 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I am in!! Only I am having trouble finding the “right ” colors….

  108. Carolyn Dymock August 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Sorry had a computer breakdown last week and hope I can join in late. Thanks for doing this

  109. Kelly Ludwig February 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    I have the book and made them, super easy but I can not find the beads for the eyes. Does anyone know where I can buy the eyes?

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