Introducing my Baboushka knitting pattern, inspired by Russian matryoshka dolls. She is filled with toy filling, but you could add weight to the inside (such as a bag of gravel) to make her into a weighty doorstop or bookend. Baboushka is 18 cm tall. Most pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight single-pointed knitting needles. The pink apron border is worked on a crochet hook (if you don’t know how to crochet you could embroider the border in blanket stitch). You will also need to cast on and off, knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and sew seams.


  • Instructions for making Baboushka with photos.
  • A materials list and recommended yarns.
  • The pattern is 4 pages and written in English.
  • Measurements are in metric.

Materials you need at home:

  • A pair of straight 3.75mm knitting needles (US 5)
  • A 4mm crochet hook (US G/6) (Optional)
  • Double knitting yarns (DK or light worsted weight)
  • Beads for eyes and buttons to decorate
  • Toy filling
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Amanda Berry

My name is Amanda Berry, a designer and knitter specialising in creating knitted toys stuffed with a little fluff and fuzz!

My designs have been published in magazines including Let’s Knit, Simply Knitting and Knit Now.

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