Nesting Dolls CAL: Matryoshka Pattern 2 – Medium Doll

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I had such a blast last week seeing everyone’s projects posted in the Ravelry group and on my Facebook page. And I am so blown away by how our little CAL is spanning the globe. We have participants from all over the world, included the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, India, Canada, and New Zealand! I think that is so awesome!!

I finished my first doll this week and so am happy with how she came out. I still need to add her little felt cheeks 🙂

nesting doll - Matryoshka pattern

Here is a collage of all the projects that were shared. I hope I didn’t inadvertently leave anybody out.

CAL collage

So, are you ready for the next Matryoshka pattern? Here we go …

 

Medium Doll

Finished doll measurements: bottom = 1½” (3.8 cm) tall; top = 2¼” (5.5 cm) tall.

Gauge = 10 sc and 10 rows = 2″ (5 cm) in sc stitch.

 

Bottom

With color I, make a ring.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 times into ring—6 sc, pm in last stitch of rnd, do not turn. Cont to move marker up each rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of 6 sc—12 sc, do not turn.

Rnd 3: *2 Sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around—18 sc, do not turn.

Rnd 4: *2 Sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around—24 sc, do not turn.

Rnd 5: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 6: *2 Sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around—30 sc, do not turn.

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 8: *2 Sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts; repeat around—36 sc, do not turn.

Rnds 9–11: Sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 12: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around—30 sc, do not turn.

Rnd 13: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 14: Sc in each st around, sl st in next stitch, fasten off, leaving 6″ (15 cm) tail. Weave in yarn tail.

 

Top

With color H, make a ring.

Rnds 1–3: Rep Rnds 1–3 of bottom.

Rnd 4: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 4 of bottom.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 6 of bottom.

Rnds 7–12: Sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 8 of bottom.

Rnds 14 and 15: Sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 16: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around, do not turn.

Rnd 17: Sc in each st around, sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving a 6″ (15 cm) tail. Weave in yarn tail.

 

Face

With color C, make a ring.

Rnds 1–4: Rep Rnds 1–4 of bottom, sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving a 16″ (40.5 cm) tail, which will be used to sew face piece to top.

 

Hair

With color D, ch 9.

Row 1: 2 Sc 2nd ch from the hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch, sc2tog, hdc in each of next 2 ch, 2 sc in last ch—9 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 2 Sc in first st, sc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st—11 sts,
turn. Sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving 16″ (40.5 cm) tail, which will be used to sew hair to face piece.

 

Finishing

medium cheek templateArrange hair piece placing foundation edge on face edge, and sew in place with yarn tail.

With black thread and 2 medium black beads, sew to face for eyes. Sew a smile with red thread. Cut two 3/8″ (1 cm) circles (see diagram) of pink felt for cheeks. Sew to face with pink thread.

With color A, sew straight stitches to embroider around face edge, and make a little bow in the center under the face.

Arrange embellished face with hair edge along Rnd 4 of top and sew in place. Embroider flowers below face and along edge following diagram for Medium Doll using daisy stitch for flowers and French knot for centers.

color keymed doll embroidery
 

Feel free to share your progress or your finished dolls in our Ravelry group, my Facebook page, or our linky project gallery.

← Large Doll Pattern

Small 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.

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

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11 Responses to Nesting Dolls CAL: Matryoshka Pattern 2 – Medium Doll

  1. Perla G. August 12, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    The second one!!!! Yay!!! Can’t wait to start, thank you for this lovely CAL!!!!

  2. Barbara August 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you so much for the patterns. I have been crocheting a long time and am having so much fun with this. Can’t wait for the next project to do with all of my new crocheting buddies!

  3. Aida F. August 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    YAY just got the pattern, thank you!! 🙂

  4. Lorrie August 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I’m a week behind – just started yesterday – now I have some incentive to get the first one finished.
    I do have the bottom and top pieces done for the first doll – and have a question – the top piece doesn’t easily fit over the bottom – should I try remaking with a little bit bigger hook?

    • Kara August 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Perhaps, but if you give the top a little tug here and there will it fit?

      • Lorrie August 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

        I tried tugging at it and it started to look rather strange, so I ripped back the last two rows and changed to a 3.75 hook for the last two rows of the top. It worked great!

    • Jen October 6, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      I actually changed the 2nd last row of the top from back-loops only to front-loops only, and now they fit together perfectly. Didn’t make sense to me that both the top and bottom angled in.

  5. Karin August 13, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    It is very nice to see all the dolls

  6. Brandyce August 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    So adorable, I love how it came out! Great Job

  7. Anna T August 28, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    My face piece seems to be a lot smaller comparatively to the images? I ended up with 30 stitches in my last round of the face.

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