Personalize Your Crochet & Knit Dolls

Last week we posted a blog with patterns for doll outfits, however, what if you wanted to make a doll for that special child in your life, or to add to your doll collection? We often get asked which colors are the best to use when crocheting or knitting a doll. Since Red Heart Super Saver is available in over 120 different colors the choices are endless, but there are some choices that make more realistic-looking dolls. Here are some colors we’ve selected and broken down into categories to help get you started.

These suggestions are just starting points. Feel free to mix-and-match however you’d like! This list is all in realistic colors, but feel free to go crazy, like the pink and blue hair used for the Boy and Girl Super Heroes.

The colors given are in Super Saver and Soft, since the doll patterns on our site are made in these yarns. Other good suggestions for yarns to make doll patterns in are Classic and With Love.

Skin Tones

313 Aran
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 313 Aran
334 Buff
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 334 Buff
336 Warm Brown
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 336 Warm Brown
360 Cafe Latte
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 360 Cafe Latte
369 Mushroom
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 369 Mushroom
365 Coffee
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 365 Coffee
4601 Off White
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4601 Off White
4360 Cocoa
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4360 Cocoa
9344 Chocolate
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9344 Chocolate

Hair

320 Cornmeal
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 320 Cornmeal
324 Bright Yellow
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 324 Bright Yellow
254 Pumpkin
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 254 Pumpkin
256 Carrot
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 256 Carrot
336 Warm Brown
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 336 Warm Brown
365 Coffee
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 365 Coffee
341 Light Grey
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 341 Light Grey
400 Grey Heather
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 400 Grey Heather
3950 Charcoal
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 3950 Charcoal
312 Black
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 312 Black
9388 Wheat
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9388 Wheat
1882 Toast
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 1882 Toast
4360 Cocoa
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4360 Cocoa
9344 Chocolate
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9344 Chocolate
4614 Black
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4614 Black

Eyes

885 Delft Blue
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 885 Delft Blue
886 Blue
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 886 Blue
3945 Blue Suede
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 3945 Blue Suede
365 Coffee
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 365 Coffee
400 Grey Heather
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 400 Grey Heather
312 Black
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 312 Black
4545 Peri
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4545 Peri
9344 Chocolate
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9344 Chocolate
9440 Lt Grey Heather
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9440 Light Grey Heather
4614 Black
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 4614 Black

Mouth

319 Cherry Red
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 319 Cherry Red
706 Perfect Pink
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 706 Perfect Pink
9925 Really Red
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 9925 Really Red
6768 Pink
E728 Soft
E728 Red Heart Soft yarn in color 6768 Pink

Here are some color combinations for your doll’s face, hair, eyes, and lips. Take this list with you when you go shopping for Super Saver. Have fun and use your imagination — by mixing,and matching our various colors you’ll be able to create a doll for anyone on your list.

Skin
365 Coffee
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 365 Coffee
Hair
312 Black
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 312 Black
Eyes
312 Black
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 312 Black
Mouth
319 Cherry Red
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 319 Cherry Red
Skin
334 Buff
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 334 Buff
Hair
256 Carrot
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 256 Carrot
Eyes
885 Delft Blue
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 885 Delft Blue
Mouth
706 Perfect Pink
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 706 Perfect Pink
Skin
336 Warm Brown
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 336 Warm Brown
Hair
3950 Charcoal
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 3950 Charcoal
Eyes
312 Black
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 312 Black
Mouth
319 Cherry Red
E300 Super Saver
E300 Red Heart Super Saver yarn in color 319 Cherry Red

Below are some of our doll patterns. Feel free to change the colors to ones that suit your recipient! Find more dolls in our Toys category of free crochet and knitting patterns.

Alejandra’s Party Doll


Gracie & Her Dragon



Gnorbert the Gnome, Gnora the Gnome, and Gnoella & Gnorah Gnome Twins

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6 thoughts on “Personalize Your Crochet & Knit Dolls

  1. Donna

    I LOVE this post. I have several times emailed Red Heart asking for a “flesh” line for stuffed dolls. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is a wonderful post.

    • Janet Amrock

      I totally agree that a Flesh tone yarn needs to be added for stuffed doll.

  2. Brenda F Bell

    I did the same sort of thing with Sugar & Cream yarn a few years ago. It follows a lot of the old discussions about why “ethnic Barbie dolls” didn’t look “ethnic” (skin tone was changed, but features remained strongly Caucasian). Don’t be afraid to change the shape of your doll’s features, whether it means tweaking a pattern, changing the embroidery, or adding soft sculpture techniques.

  3. Carol Cox

    I made Super Girl and she came out very cute. I followed the pattern but with the bangs I added to my liking. Of course I changed the colors no orange used medium pink. Stuffed as I went, the emblem was the hardest part to make. She will be loved.

  4. Janet Amrock

    None of the above colors work for a “flesh” color doll. They are either too light or too dark. Caron carried a Light Country Peach, which was perfect. Now it is discontinued.

    Please Red Heart, make a flesh color yarn. With the increasing number of crocheters & knitters out here the demand is strong for this color. No child wants a faded color for their doll. Buff is too pale! Flesh seems to be the only color omitted in the skin tones. Please consider this request.

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