Knitted Russian Doll

Knitted Russian Doll

This knitting pattern shows you how to knit a cute Babushka Doll or Matryoshka doll, ready for winter.

What you need

Size 15 inch
Double Worsted (8 ply) wool
US 10.5 Size (7 mm) and US size 8 (4 mm) Knitting needles
Toy filling


Using 2 strands of 8 ply brown and black 7 mm needles.

Cast on 40 stitches

Knit 1 row

Next row K1p1

(Theses 2 rows form the pattern.)

Continue in pattern for 24 rows

Now begin shaping the shoulders

On the knit row – k8 (k2 tog) 3 times k12 (k2 tog) 3 times k8

Pattern 8 p1 k2 pattern12 p1 k2 pattern 8


Pat 8 (k2 tog) 2 times pat 10 (k2 tog) 2 times pat 8


Pat 8 k2tog pat 10 k2 tog pat 8 (28) sts.

K1 k2tog to the end.(19) sts

Pattern 2 rows


With k row facing-

(K1 m1) 8 times  k3 (k1 m1)8 times (34) sts

Continue in pattern for 16 rows

Top of head-

With k row facing

( k2 k2 tog)to the end

Patt 1row

(k1 k2 tog) to the last 2 sts k2

Patt 1row

(K2tog ) to the end

Thread yarn through stitches and fasten off.

Base – still with 2 strands of body colour cast on 6sts


Inc into the first and last stitch of this and every alternate row until you have 10 sts

St st 4rows

K2tog at the beginning and end of this and every alternate row until 6stitches remain.

Cast off.

Face – this is knitted separately and stitched on top of the head section.

With flesh colour single thread and size 8 US(4mm) needles cast on 12 sts

St st 4 rows

Inc at the beginning of the next  8 rows  (20)sts

St st 8 rows

Dec at the beginning of the next 8 rows

St st 4rows

Cast off.

Use dark brown to make the hair, stitch into place secure at the back.

Stitch your features on with colored wool.

And set aside until your body is filled.

Scarf – cast on 10 stitches and in garter stitch continue  until it measures 24 inches.

All done!


  1. Lisa Ogilvie says

    The project is adorable, but there is no such thing as “double worsted Yarn”, there is double knit yarn and since there is reference to 8 ply, and dk is 8 ply, I think this is dk yarn not worsted.

  2. Super linda!!!!!
    Mil gracias por compartir.

  3. Super lindo!!!!
    Muchas gracias

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