Rag Doll Deer by Sheila Houle

Rag Doll Deer

April 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
3.5 mm (E)
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This pattern is available for free.

These rag dolls are worked in continuous rounds and I try to keep them as “No Sew” as possible, meaning the limbs and ears are worked in as you go. My other goal is to make a very simple doll, that gets elevated by optional details. I personally love adding non-crochet accents - think fabric and felt, but you could also do ribbon, buttons, beads, lace - just something extra to provide a touch of color and/or texture. I think those extra elements really pop against the simple look of the doll and these deer are no exception! I haven’t tried it, but I think these rag dolls would be stunning and modern as just a simple doll with natural colors and no extra embellishments.

If you like this deer, be sure to check out my Bunny, Bear, Fox and Squirrel. They all compliment each other beautifully.


Worsted weight yarn for the deer and contrasting yarn for the face - I used I Love this Cotton
Contrasting yarn for the scarf - I used Paton’s Classic Wool DK Superwash
Contrasting yarn for the skirt - I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (if making a crochet skirt)
3.5 mm crochet hook
1.75 mm crochet hook to crochet cheeks
4.0 mm crochet hook for the crochet skirt
Needle for sewing down yarn tails
Stitch marker (or scrap of yarn) - optional
Poly-fil or stuffing of choice
Embroidery Floss
Needle for embroidery details
Small scrap of felt
Optional ribbon, lace and/or tulle for the skirt
Optional flowers - I used ribbon flowers I had on hand, you could also do beads or make your own with embroidery floss