Dolls and Toys

Do you know someone who loves to play with — or collect — dolls and toys? If so, perhaps you’d enjoy knitting or crocheting a new doll or a new toy for that person. We invite you to check out the following books and patterns for making lovely dolls and toys:

Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet

Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

If you want to crochet a whole bunch of fun toys, dolls, stuffed animals and amigurumi, you simply must take a look at a brand new book called Amigurumi, an Adorable Collection: Heroes, Animals and Monsters to Crochet. This book has a whole bunch of child-friendly patterns for making cute toys — plus a couple of really adorable scarf patterns and a pattern for a colorful baby toy. Out of all the knitting and crochet pattern books I have in my collection, I’d currently consider this one to be my top pick for the best toy pattern book.


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Busy Baby Boxes Book by Jessica Boyer, Published by Leisure Arts
Busy Baby Boxes Book by Jessica Boyer, Published by Leisure Arts

Busy Baby Boxes — If you have a baby or toddler who’s in need of new toys, check out Busy Baby Boxes to find ADORABLE interactive toy patterns. The highlight of this book is the super cute little finger puppets you can make for your little one. Besides the finger puppets, there are patterns for crocheting box-shaped interactive toys that offer your little one bunches of different pockets. These pockets are handy for holding the finger puppets for either storage or creative play.


One of the boxes features a barnyard / farm animal theme, The finger puppets that go along with this set are farm animals.


The other box features a fairy garden theme. Both sets are totally adorable.


This is one of my favorite toy pattern books. I enjoyed success with crocheting some of the finger puppets for my daughter. If you enjoy crocheting toys, definitely check this book out.

Arne and Carlos Favorite Designs

Arne & Carlos Favorites includes patterns for knitting toys, dolls and many other types of projects.
Arne & Carlos Favorites includes patterns for knitting toys, dolls and many other types of projects.

Here you can see several different colorways of Arne & Carlos' popular sock yarn teddy bear knititng project. Get the teddy bear knitting pattern in Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs, published by Trafalgar Square Books. Photo is courtesy of the publisher .
Here you can see several different colorways of Arne & Carlos’ popular sock yarn teddy bear knitting project. Get the teddy bear knitting pattern in Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs, published by Trafalgar Square Books. Photo is courtesy of the publisher.

This lovely book is a compilation of bunches of popular designs by Norwegian knitting pattern designers, Arne and Carlos. The book includes a variety of playful, fun patterns for knitting fun dolls, doll clothes and toys. There’s a colorful teddy bear pattern, a whole bunch of delightful bird patterns, a cute stuffed mouse pattern, and more.


The book also includes holiday patterns, home decor patterns, accessory patterns and much more.


Most of the patterns in this book are knitting patterns. There are also a couple of spectacular crochet blanket patterns, one of which is a granny square pattern where the focal point of the design is colorful butterflies. This is such a unique and lovely pattern.


I rate this book as a definite keeper. Get more details in my book review of Arne and Carlos Favorite Designs.

Voodoo Maggie’s Adorable Amigurumi Book

Voodoo Maggie's Adorable Amigurumi book by Erin Clark, published by Tuttle Publishing
Voodoo Maggie’s Adorable Amigurumi book by Erin Clark, published by Tuttle Publishing

Amigurumi is a Japanese word that refers to cute stuffed dolls or toys that are knitted or crocheted (in this case, crocheted). In this book, you’ll learn to make tiny thread crochet amigurumi toys including some that are fanciful and made up (think dragons and cyclops) and some that are cutely realistic (think toucans, giraffes and butterflies).

Rainbow Fashion Doll Top (Fits Barbie): Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Rainbow Fashion Doll Top -- Fits Vintage Barbies Made Before 1997 and Other Fashion Dolls. Here You Can See the Top Being Modeled on a Creata Flower Pirncess Doll.
Crochet Rainbow Fashion Doll Top — Fits Vintage Barbies Made Before 1997 and Other Fashion Dolls. Here You Can See the Top Being Modeled on a Creata Flower Pirncess Doll.

If your child has older style Barbie dolls in her collection, perhaps you’ll want to crochet this cute fashion doll top for them. This top fits the Barbies that were made from 1966-1997 using the 1966 body mold.

So there you have it: Those are our picks for fun, worthwhile patterns you might want to use for knitting and crocheting dolls and toys. Happy crafting!

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This page was last updated on 8-18-2019.

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