Duduza (Comfort) Doll Pattern
Many children have never had a doll of their own! All of us who have seen a sad child being comforted by a soft cuddly toy know the value this can have. Imagine how valuable a unique doll like this could be to a young child with a sick parent, or to one who lost her parents through AIDS related disease.
4 ply wool, various colours in small amounts. For stuffing, polyester fibre toy stuffing is recommended.
Row 1: (Knit 4, k 2 together) x 4, knit 4 (24 stitches). Alternate rows: Purl.
Row 3: (Knit 3, k 2 together) x 4, knit 4 (20 stitches).
Row 5: (Knit 2, k 2 together) x 4, knit 4 (16 stitches).
Row 7: (Knit 1, k 2 together) x 4, knit 4 (12 stitches).
Row 8: (Purl 2 together) across row.
Thread remaining stitches onto needle and sew up cap. Sew up face. Run the gathering thread through the last row of sweater stitches and, after stuffing head, pull up tightly for neck, finishing off securely.
Sew up centre back. Run the gathering thread through last row of feet. Stuff body and pull up gathering thread tightly, finishing off well.
Complete feet by sewing up centre seam through both thickness of knitting, ie: dividing feet, which are stuffed individually. Fold foot across cast on edge at right angles to body and sew up.
Finish off other foot in same way.
Define legs by sewing through all thicknesses from feet towards belt, finishing off 2 rows from belt. Define arms in the same way starting 2 rows from the neck.
Embroider face as desired to give your doll character.