Sunday, April 10, 2011

Doll for Thea

My friend Sofia asked me to make a doll for her niece, Thea. The only thing she wanted was for me to have Thea’s name appear somewhere on the doll so her niece would know that the doll was specially made for her. I’ve never made a doll before, but I love it when my friends give me new challenges!

The first think I did was to do some research online. I found a pattern I liked on Lily Sugar N’ Cream Yarn’s website. They have so many cute doll patterns but I was drawn to “Lily Fun in the Sun Doll” because the doll is wearing a really cute dress.

Lily Fun in the Sun
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I never follow the patterns strictly. I always adapt the patterns to match my style. Since I didn’t know much about Thea, I thought I would make a dress to fit Sofia’s personality. Sofia has a lot of fashion sense and I knew the doll would need to be special.

While shopping for yarn, I had a fun time trying to find colors that would complement each other. I’m starting to figure out that the colors make a huge difference in the look of the dolls. I found this really fun yarn from Red Heart Yarn that shimmers! It was perfect for the dress because I wanted to make a doll that looks like it's ready for a fun night out on the town.

I ran into many challenges while making Thea’s doll. The first one was from the pattern itself. Instead of telling me exactly how many rounds I need to make the body, arms, and legs, the pattern said, “Repeat round until work from beginning measures 2 inches”. When I followed the pattern, the doll looked completely out of proportion. Finally, I had to make the doll according to how I thought she should look.

The second challenge was with the doll’s hair. I didn’t want Thea’s doll to have all her hair up in a pony tail, like the original pattern. I wanted the doll to have long hair that can be played with and styled. I recently bought a book called Knitted Toy Tales, which also had a doll pattern with hair similar to what I was looking for. After some experimentation, I was able to get the doll’s hair just right.


I really love how Thea’s doll came out. Not bad for my first try. Her hair is swishy and soft and her dress is cute and flirty! I added some flower accessories too. At the end, I couldn’t figure out where to add Thea’s name, so I made the doll a matching personalized purse.


Sofia loved the doll! When I gave it to her, she told me that her niece is only 3 months old but she’ll grow up to love the doll made just for her! Later on, Sofia’s sister posted on Facebook that Thea loves the doll already. She thinks the doll’s hair is her mom’s hair.

Thanks again for joining me this week! See you next week!


  1. Your Thea doll is much cuter than the original pattern!

  2. I tried to make a doll that met the "Comfort Creatures" standard of cute! :)