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Bitty Babies

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Any day now, a friend of mine will find herself in the hospital, but for the best reason that you could hope for; She’s ready to give birth to her baby, as evident by a belly so rotund that she’s practically bursting at the seams! Cozy in the womb, this unborn infant is already proving to be handful, standing everyone up on her due date. All I can think each morning is “It could be today,” and I’m sure my friend echoes these thoughts with even more enthusiasm. It is still a shock that some one this close to my age is about to have a child of her own, such a difficult venture and life-long commitment, but I certainly wish her the best for it. I would never have a kid of my own, for lack of patience and fear of failure, but I just know that this friend will be the most loving mother anyone could ask for.

So any day now, I’ve been expecting the call to come, announcing the arrival of a sweet, smiling baby girl…

Despite my short temper when dealing with children, I can’t help but be excited to meet this new bundle of joy. So small and innocent, seeing the world for the first time with wide open eyes, she could become whatever she wants. Every door is open and the possibilities are endless- Who knows what hobbies she might pick up, what she’ll want to be when she grows up, who she might fall in love with some day? To contemplate the beginning of life with no restrictions is an overwhelming prospect to be sure, but so inspiring at the same time. Watching a newborn grow and develop into a walking, talking person… It truly is a miracle.

Still, I’m more than happy to observe from afar, having heard all too much about the pains of childbirth and of the sleep lost for months thereafter. If only there were a way to have a baby that is only quiet, well behaved, and appears on time, in less than a few hours after conception…

Head:

With any skin-tone worsted weight yarn and an F hook,
Sc6 in a circle
Sc twice into each st (12 sts)
Sc1, sc twice into next st* around (18 sts)
Sc2, sc twice into next st* around (24 sts)
Sc3, sc twice into next st* around (30 sts)
Sc4, sc twice into next st* around (36 sts)
Sc around for 10 rounds
-Embroider and insert safety eyes. Don’t forget the little curl of hair!-

Sc4, sc2tog* around (30 sts)
Sc3, sc2tog* around (24 sts)
Sc2, sc2tog* around (18 sts)
Sc1, sc2tog* around (12 sts)
Stuff firmly and leave a long tail

Ears: (Make 2)

Ch4, sc into second loop from hook, sc 3 times in next st, sc in final st (5)
Ch1, turn. Sc across, and then continue around and sc into backs of the first row’s sts (8)
Sl st into the last row to form an even oval, cut thread and tie tight.

Body:

In pink, Sc6 in a circle
Sc twice into each st
Sc1, sc twice into next st* around (18 sts)
Sc2, sc twice into next st* around (24 sts)
Sc around
Sc3, sc twice into next st* around (30 sts)
Sc around for 5 rounds
Sc3, sc2tog* around (24 sts)
Sc around for 2 rounds
Sc2, sc2tog* around (18 sts)
Sc1, sc2tog* around (12 sts)
Break yarn and tie off

Feet: (Make 2)

Sc3 in a circle
Sc twice into each st (6 sts)
Sc1, sc twice into next st (9 sts)
Sc2, sc twice into next st* around (12 sts)
Sc around for 2 rounds
-Insert stuffing-
Sc2tog* around (6 sts)
Sc around
Break yarn and leave a 6 inch long tail to sew with

Arms: (Make 2)

Starting with the skin colored yarn, Sc6 in a circle
Sc around for 2 rounds
-Switch to pink yarn-
Sc around for 4 rounds
Break yarn and leave a 6 inch long tail to sew with

Bib:

In white, sc5 in a circle
Sc twice into each st (10 sts)
Sc1, sc twice into next st* around (15 sts)
Sc2, sc twice into next st* 3 times (18 sts)
Turn, ch1, sc 14
Break yarn. Whip out your red yarn, and attach that to one of the top corners. Sc into each st all the way around, sl st into the corner that you started in, ch 18, sl st into the opposite corner, forming a loop (It should look like a little necklace.) Break yarn and weave in ends.

To Assemble: Positioning the bib on the body so that the loop goes around the opening up top, sew on the head. Done correctly, this should prevent the bib from ever coming off (as long as the baby keeps its head together!) Cut a smile out of black felt and either stitch or use fabric glue to adhere it to the face. Everything else is very straightforward- Sew on the ears, arms, and feet as indicated by the photos.

Take care of your new bundle of joy!

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

61 thoughts on “Bitty Babies

  1. Congratulations to your friend, Hannah!

    And this is so adorable!

  2. Aww – now YOU are a mom too. Not the same kind as your friend but still….you ARE the mother of this pattern and we thank you for sharing with us. I may have to make it for my great niece. Then I can be a mom too!

  3. Hannah, this has got to be one of the cutest, most precious “bundles of joy” I have ever seen, haha. Wish your friend a warm congratulations for me :0)

  4. Congrats to your friend! I am preggo myself and I can’t believe that I will be responsible for another life. Scary!!!

    I will have to make this doll when I find out the gender of my baby. Thank you for pattern. It’s adorable!!

  5. Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful. ~
    Charles Osgood

  6. I’m already suffering from a major case of baby fever… and now this?! The cuteness! How will I find the strength to go on?!

  7. She’s so cute!

    Now, of course, you have to make her a wee blanket. :)

  8. Hannah,
    she is the most beautiful little baby girl! I love the ears, they add such a precious touch. and very best wishes to your friend too.

  9. What a cutie, love the pattern. Congrats to your friend. :)

  10. Congrats to your friend. Babies are a wonderful type of scary. Love this pattern!!! I have 2 friends that are pregnant and one with a 2 year old already. I think I might make this for the future big sister!

  11. you make me want to start crocheting again! and congratulations to your friend!!

  12. I LOVE the baby! You are so smart! Congrats to your friend, too.

  13. This is a great pattern! Wish I had this a few weeks ago when there was someone at my mom’s work having a baby shower. I’m going to make a few of these up!
    THANK YOU!

  14. This is just too cute and you are just too good. I finaly answered your tag for the meme. Thank you it was a lot of fun, and I got inspired by your post picture (computer key) and some of your answers. I felt like cheating but there is no other way to call a cat a cat!

  15. ADORABLE!!!!!! She looks like Rolie Polie Ollie’s baby sister.

  16. Thank you for sharing such a cute pattern. I’m attending a baby shower in a few weeks and am making some to give as party favors to all the children who come.

  17. She’s absolutely adorable. Who can resist that little face??

  18. Hi,

    What a lovely pattern, thanks for sharing it with us. I love your site.

    Geraldine

  19. so cute!! I love the little curl of hair

  20. So Cute!! I’ll have to make at least one.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Jayne

  21. You ALWAYS make the cutest things! I can’t stand it! hehe I wish I had your talent! I did just create a crocheted boob for my friend, who is undergoing a double masectomy very soon. It is not near as *cute* as your little creations, but hopefully it will be useful…

    Thank you for sharing your very cute little patterns!

  22. She is so cute

  23. I can’t wait to make *TWO* for my cousin who is expecting twins in February! We don’t know what they will be, but I can make a green and yellow. She’s waited five years for these babies (they are via in vitro) I’m sure she’ll love these in the meantime!

    Thanks so much for this great pattern!

  24. So cute! How big is the baby when finished? Thankyou for another great pattern :) Mary

  25. I’m in love!

    =^..^=

  26. I just love the baby ….. I added a few strands on the top of the head now she has hair

  27. This is so adorable! I’m thinking if we did stitched little dots for the eyes, we could make these for orphanages!

    Wonderful job!
    Bev Q
    http://www.bevscountrycottage.com

  28. wow, this is adorable ! thanks for sharing the pattern with us, yes it is just too cute !

  29. Hi Hannah,

    Is there a knitting version for this cutie ?? I m not good at crocheting and now my little girl is hoping to have it………

  30. it is adorable. thank you for sharing. i plan on making lots of these for granddaughter and her friends

  31. I’ve made your bitty baby 2 times, and both times they’ve turned out more FUG than cute….would you mind taking a look at my photos and let me know what you think I may have done wrong? I followed your pattern exactly….thanks!!!

  32. I can’t resist… so cute!!

  33. These would be a perfect gift for the new big sis or brother along side a new baby gift! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  34. That’s a really cute idea, thanks for sharing it.

  35. This is so cute! I am curious though…how big is the cutie??? I’m wanting to make a small doll but I need one that is only about 6″.

  36. I am 11 and I like to spend my time knitting and crocheting. Me and my brother were surfing the internet when we saw this pattern. I thought it was adorable, so I found some yarn and made one right away.
    I was wondering if I could make babies from your pattern, and sell them?
    You didn’t say anything in the pattern about it so I wanted to make sure.

  37. I was curious how big the beautiful babies are when they are complete? I have 6 girl cousins that will just fall in love with these beauties!!! Thanks for the great patterns…

    xoxo hailz

  38. I like this pattern and hopefully when my crocheting skills improve I will have to make these.

    So far I have three wonderful children and am praying for more :) Being a mom is wonderful :D

  39. Just curious – have you thought of offering this pattern to charities who make keepsakes for women who have stillborn or miscarried babies? I know they usually offer handkerchiefs, but it seems to me that these would be better.

  40. hehe! omg i luv it!!!!!!
    i am sooo going 2 make this

  41. I made several of these babies. I love your pattern. I made a small change in it for a friend. She said her little girl had chubby cheeks and asked me to do that. I figured it out and it is soooo adorable. If you would like the changes I did and/or a pic let me know via email and I will send it to you. They are also darling made out of milk chocolate colored yarn. Thank you for the wonderful pattern.
    Jan–the elephant lady

  42. Hello,

    I have made quite a few of these babies now, (my cousins love them) , and I was wondering if I would be able to sell them??? Great job with the pattern.

    xoxo Hailz

  43. Bonjour,
    Quelle charmante petite bestiole !
    Merci pour les explications.

  44. Have only seen the plastic veriety.Can’t wait to try to make her.Hope I can find clothes patterns to crochet as well too.Happy Crocheting to all!

  45. OMG how sweet is she! That is the most precious thing i have ever seen and you are really generous to share this with us! I cant wait to make them for my nieces!
    Thank you!

  46. Really cute and sweet babies!

  47. This is the cutest crochet baby doll I’ve ever seen! You do excellent work and definently know how to make cute things!

    Visit my blog at http://thewoolenzoo.blogspot.com/. I’m still working on it, but it’s coming along!

  48. Thank you so much for the pattern. It is very well written. The pictures helped out a lot. Every grand daughter I have will have one of these. They work up well and really don’t take long. I love all the awes I get over these. I take over the baby shower using on at the top of a nappy cake or just using one for a bow. Thanks again! I thought about making some to donate to my local hospital as a free gift for new baby girls. We will see what the hospital says. :)

  49. OMG! I love this! I am so doing this next!!!!

  50. this is one of the cutest patterns i’ve seen!! I was wondering if I could have permission to sell these on my etsy account?

    • Hi love your baby she is so very cute ,could you help me please,what does sc 3 in circle how do you do that do you chain so many or make a magic thanks vicky

      • sc 3 in circle means do 3chain stitches then slip stich into the 3rd chain which is the very frist chain stitch u did! hopes this helps

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  52. So lovely!!!! THANK U SO MUCH !!!!
    Kisses~Ifi~

  53. Aww, your story is sweet and so is the little doll. I have three treasures of my own – the oldest 3 years past a decade! and they are the best gifts one could every receive.

  54. peek A boo baby puppet doll crochet

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