Pansy - A Winter Toy Knitting Pattern

Pansy - A Winter Doll

Pansy is named after a winter flower which is grown in Britain. The flowers originated from France, as violas. The name pansy is thought to come from the French word 'pensee - thought'. It was imported in the 15th century to Britain as a viola. Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennett (1785–1861) from Surrey, Britain, was an avid collector of violas and through cross breeding introduced pansies in 1812.

I have used colours associated with winter: blues, light pinks & white. I have used Sirdar Snuggly DK for the turquoise & light blue and Sirdar Snuggly Pearls DK for the pink, as this adds a little sparkle!

Pansy has stripy tights with a stripy top to match. Her skirt is flared and her belt has a bow attached. Ice Blue 4mm beads have been knitted into her hat and scarf, which are detachable.

Pansy wears her hair in bunches.


  • Height 34cms
  • Method Worked Flat
  • Intermediate Knitting Pattern

Materials you need at home:

  • DK Wool
  • Knitting Needles Single pointed 3mm
  • 4mm Craft Beads - Approx. 7g
  • Toy Stuffing
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
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Joanna Marshall

I love Knitting & Stitching, any spare time I have, you will see me busy clicking needles or stitching with thread.

I hold a City & Guilds in Hand Embroidery & Fashion. I started designing knitting patterns & embroidery patterns in 2012.

I enjoy the repetitiveness of knitting and I love creating dolls from a variety of inspiration. I have combined my interest of historical and national costume into my doll designs. My dolls are based on Grodnertal/ Dutch Wooden Dolls.

My embroidery designs are based on Folk Art/ Naïve Art & Tartans. My maternal side is descended from the Stewart, Bruce, Campbell, St. Clair & Buchanan Scottish Clans.

My work is completely original and my designs are simple to make. All my knitting patterns are worked flat, with two needles, but they are easy enough to knit on the round.

I hope you enjoy looking at my patterns, as much as I enjoy designing them. Jo x


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