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Sara, Lara and Sophie dolls

These three dolls were one of my first attempts when started crocheting dolls. Experimented a lot with different head shapes, hair styles. BB dolls came out of these little ones.

SaraSophieLaraHave ben asked recently more than just few times for the pattern on how to make these dolls. Instead of writing separate mails and sending them, decided to share the pattern for all and make it available as all of my patterns so far.

This one is really easy and fast to do. For those that have tried making BB dolls will see that only the shape of the head and hair is different. 

Suggest you work with fine cotton yarns (DK to be the maximum weight to use), together with 2-2,5 mm hook (depending what yarn you will work with).

Dolls are small, only 5 inches (12 cm) tall, and were created as pocket or girl back pack/bag  dolls. Ones girls can carry all around.  

I don’t have all the photos made to show you all of dolls I have made in such way, but they turn out when crazy colors are used for hair; like green, pink, purple. It gives them this bright and cheerful appearance that girls like very much.

Let us start with the pattern (so you can get started making them )!

Abbreviations  (US terms):

R – round

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

st(s) – stitch (stitches)

inc – increase (two stitches in one stitch)

dec – decrease (invisible decrease or two stitches together – I used invisible decrease making these dolls)

**  – repeat what you find between



R1 Sc4, 3sc in one stitch, continue working around chain – sc3, 2scin one stitch (12 sts)

R2 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R7 *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R8 sc48 sts

R9 *inc1, sc7* x6 (54 sts)

R10-R13 sc54 sts

R14 *dec1, sc7* x6 (48 sts)

R15 sc48 sts

R16 *dec1, sc6* x6 (42 sts)

R17 *dec1, sc5* x6 (36 sts)

R18 *dec1, sc4* x6 (30 sts)

R19 *dec1, sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R20 *dec1, sc2* x6 (18 sts)

start stuffing the head at this point.

R21 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

Tie off, finish stuffing the head nice and firm


In the photos below, I made sample of two same size hair pieces, placing them evenly on each side of the head. You can play and make them differently. You can make one bigger, the second one smaller making hair look as combed on side. You can make one big one on top of the head with pony tails on each side or just one on top of it. It is really up to your wishes, likes and desires.

Here is just a sample on how it goes for you to understand on how to play later.

head with hair prepared1head with hair prepared

 Hair is done out of two “discs” and two tessels.

Discs (make2):


R1 sc4, 3sc in one st,  continue working around chain, sc3, 2sc in one st (12 sts)

R2 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the hair piece on the head later.


Proceed shown on the photos.

I used an old embroidery thread cardboard, that was about 3 cm wide (1,3 inches) to make a tassels. So before everything cut a piece of cardboard of desired length to use to make tassel.

in inchesin cm

Once you prepare the cardboard or anything you can wrap your yarn over, wrap the yarn over the “tassel maker” 30 times (less or more… depends on how thin or thick your yarn is or how you want your tassel to look). I wrapped 30 times.tassel ready

Cut the yarn leaving long end and thread the needle (as seen in photo above).

Now what you have to do is push the needle through the middle of wrapped yarn (close to cardboard you go). Once gone through, make a knot you will tighten when pulling the yarn.tassel ready for tying uptassel wrapped - first knot madetassel tied on cardboard

Now take the tassel of the cardboard and make few more knots like this, pushing through the middle of the tassel, making knot and pulling.

Once done, you will see your tassel becoming firm at the end where you have sewed. Now try to push the needle through the yarn on top of the tassel (one you sewed while making knots). make three-four knots on top of it.tassel off the cardboardFinished tasselYour tassel is finished and ready to be sewed on head now. 

If you will find it difficult to follow (because I am very bad describing and specially bad taking photos) please try to google on how to make tassel in order to find instructions for your better understanding.

 Once done with all four pieces, pin them all on the head the way you like and sew all around.

In order to make one big piece of “disc” on top of the head, start making the disc as described in above pattern but increase evenly every round by 6,until you make 54 stitches total count. You can add two more rows 54 to finish the piece and make it fit nicely the head.

For one bigger one smaller; start as described in the pattern above, bigger disc make with last round stitch count 48, and the smaller counting 24 or 30 stitches.

LEGS & BODYfinished body

Make legs first, then join them together and continue making body.


Start with shoe color of your choice

6 Sc in magic ring (6 sts)

R1 2 sc in each st around (12 sts)

R2  *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R3 sc18

R4  dec6, sc6 (12 sts)

R5  dec3, sc6 (9sts)

Stuff the bottom of the leg.

Change color of the thread and continue with R7.

R6-R15: sc9

Tie off; stuff the leg.

Repeat the same for Leg2


At this point stuff the leg and bring both legs together. Fingers/heals pointing same directions.

R16  Stitch all around making 18 stitches around.

R17-24 sc18

R25 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R26-28: sc12

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the body to the head.

Stuff the body nice and firm.


Sc6 in magic ring

R1-R5 sc6

Change color

R6-R9 sc6

Tie of and leave long end for sewing the arms to the body.


R1  Sc18 in magic ring (don’t close the ring completely) or stitch over piece of bow or yarn you can tie in front later

R2-R3 18 sc

R4: *inc1, sc2* x6 (24)

R5-R6: 24 sc

R7: *inc1, sc3* x6 (30)

R8-R9: 30 sc

R10: *inc1, sc4* x6 (36)

R11: 36 sc

Change color

R12: *ch2, skip one, sl st* repeat all around

Tie off and hide ends.

Assembling the pieces together

assembling the doll

Put the dress over the body and sew head-body parts together. Add some stuffing between head, body so the head doesn’t flop around. Sew on the arms.  When done with body, you can start sewing the hair pieces together. Place and pin discs on top of the head. Sew them nicely all around. Place and pin tassels the way you want them to be and sew them nicely. 

Designing the face:

Embroider the eyes or if you are using safety ones place them in between rows 9-10 (embroider over round 10).

Embroider mouth right below round 12.

Your new doll is done! Quick and easy, isn’t it!?

I hope you will enjoy making her and your daughters and granddaughters will love playing with her.

Thank you for staying with me!


Wishing you all wonderful weekend.

Hugs to all,


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37 thoughts on “Sara, Lara and Sophie dolls

  1. Thank you Vanja for sharing this with us. Your generosity is much appreciated.

    Love Joan x

    1. Thank you Joan! <3

  2. que preciosurassssssssss!!!y muchas gracias por compartir el diagrama de ejecucion!!abrazo a la distancia desde santa rosa, la pampa, argentina!!

    1. Gracias Monica!
      Abrazos! <3

  3. Thanks, its a beautiful job.I will do it for my grand daughter

    Lily Muoz O.

    Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:21:05 +0000 To:

  4. 00000000000000h they are adorable thank you so much. love em. thank you debi Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:21:02 +0000 To:

  5. Oh Vanja! They are so sweet. I love your hair, disc and tassel style. Such a good idea. Your tassel instruction is very clear and easy to follow. I can’t believe I never made one before but I will be making them from now on! Also one day (probably after christmas) I will surprise you by making one of your fairies and giving her beautiful red ringlets! 🙂

    1. dear Sharon,
      thank you so much for kind words. Glad you like this disc/tassel kind of hair. Very easy but yet cute and with nice effect.
      Looking forward seeing your fairy doll with red ringlets!

  6. They are absolutely adorable! As sweet as the BB Dolls. And I love how you’ve done their hair. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  7. ils sont super! merci beaucoup bisous

  8. Leuk bedankt!

    1. thanks Liduin

  9. Thank you, Vanya, for sharing your adorable fantastic dolls with us. They’re perfect for pockets.

    1. You are welcome Ellisen, and yes these are perfect pocket dolls! 🙂
      Thank you

  10. Thank you so very much!

    ~ Brenda U


    1. Hi Brenda!
      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by

  11. Thank you! They are adorable!

    1. Thanks Aknitter, glad you like them 😉

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  13. I love them Vanja 🙂 Shared!

    1. Thanks Rhondda! 😀

  14. More cuties!! 😀 gonna add this to my holiday project next month teehee 😀

    1. This is super easy and you will like them as BB Dolls 😉
      Have fun making them!

  15. thanks you, hello …ti ringrazio molto ho molti tuoi modelli free ,sono carini e sei molto gentile nel condividerli, ciao buon venerdi anche a te……..aspetto prossimo modello

    1. Grazie Stefania,
      Mi fa piachere saperlo que ti piaciano i miei modelli.
      Di piu me piace che gli posso codividere con il publico.
      Ti ringrazio per venire a qusto blog e scrivere il messagio.
      (scusa mi scrivere povero italiano, lo capisco meglio 😀 )

  16. Reblogged this on Chao's blog and commented:
    maybe.. in another one or two months~

  17. Hi Vanga,
    I am having so much fun making your dolls. Can you explain how you made the
    brown hair, it looks different and I am not sure how to make the tassels. Thank
    You for your help, and thank you for the Christmas present for my grandaughter
    (Mooshka doll)

    1. Dear Leslie,
      Brown haired doll has only one “disk” of hair.
      As you could noticed, every piece of hair starts the same way as making the head. Making the pieces smaller or bigger you can adjust them and shape the hair style you like or prefer doll would have. For brown haired doll you make hair, take the hook half or size bigger than you worked the head, and make the piece (in hair color of your choice) using same pattern as for making head (but this time work only until round 10). After that round measure the hair piece and add round or two as desired.
      As for the tassels, better from what I have described I don’t know 🙂 Have found one link with good photos that might help you understand it better.
      Hope this helps

  18. Reblogged this on Midnite Crafting Crochet & More and commented:
    Check this out…OMG too cute!!!

  19. Ik was verrast door je site en eb je genoemd in mijn laatste blog
    Hartelijke groeten

    1. Have a great trip, and thank you for recommending my blog at your post.

  20. They are soooo cute!!! I love them! I’ll do the 3rd one in your pics for my daughter Izzy. But I do have a question for you. It’s the 1st time I’m doing one of your projects and I usually start heads with a magic ring but I see it says there chain 6 and in row 1 4 single crochets and then 3 in one stitch and then continue working on the chain. I don’t really understand how you get the circle or the shape. I don’t know where to work those 12 stitches of row 1. Can you clarify that to me? I appreciate your time! And congratulations!! This blog is the best one!

    1. Hello Romina,
      What you have to do is to work front loos on the chain.You will end up with 3 stitches increase int he last chain loop and then what you need to do is to continue working around the chain. Those chain loops will again make front loops for your work so you simply continue working around the chain. I think there is a short photo tutorial on how to start this oval out of chain that you can find under Help Page. If you will still have problems, let me know and will make a photo or to and add it here so you can look and understand better.

  21. You are very talented to create a pattern for these. Someone forwarded this to me to make for them. Would you please show me the recommended yarn to use please? I am fairly new to crocheting and extremely new to amigurmi. TIA.

    1. Hi Nakita,
      When making amigurumi, it is the best to follow your instinct and work with yarn you feel comfortable with or ones you can afford or find at your local shop.
      When making dolls, one thing you have to keep in mind is to keep stitches pretty tight. That means you work as well as stuffing, later, have to feel firm.
      If you find yarn that calls for hook number 3mm, work with number 2. This will keep your work tight and this is what doll requires.
      You will also notice that almost every designer works with different yarns, uses different hooks…..and since we all come from different countries, many times it is impossible to find exact brand or yarn designer says to use.
      Most of my dolls I make with cotton yarn (light to medium weight) and use hook No 2 (mm).
      What I can suggest is you try with something similar I use and see how it works for you. If not satisfied, on your next doll try with different weight yarn and different hook. After two dolls you will know on your own what feels the best for you, and stick with that 🙂
      Hope it all helps.

  22. Sweet as can be!!!!! Great gifts for Christmas,,, and yes ,, I plan this far ahead. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us SMILE Helen

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