Matryoshka Japonais Dolls
These dolls are a wonderful way to try intarsia and stranded colorwork techniques on a small scale. If that is too much, the dolls could also be worked plain with their faces added afterwards using duplicate stitch and their skirts embellished with embroidery.
This pattern is for all three dolls and includes five charts.
Mother: 9" high, 16." around
Daughter: 6" high, 11" around
Baby: 3." high, 6." around
Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards per 100 gram skein); one skein each color:
[MC] Buscando Azul (blue)
[CC1] Natural (white)
[CC2] Shocking Pink (pink)
[CC3] Paris Night (black)
US8/5mm set of DPNs
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, polyester stuffing
18 sts x 24 rows = 4" high x 4" widein stockinette stitch
Gauge is relative for these dolls, so use the needle that gives you a stockinette fabric you like, and remember that these dolls will be stuffed, so better to err on the side of a tighter fabric so the stuffing doesn’t show through.
Knitting in the round