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Knitted Halloween Zombie Doll (With Pattern)

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic craft with others.

My completed Knitted Zombie Doll

My completed Knitted Zombie Doll

Knitted Dolls Make Great Halloween Crafts

Once I decided I was going to have a go at knit design, it seemed natural to start with toys—they are small, portable, and usually look very cute when they are finished.

I started with some animals. I made a rainbow cat, an owl, a pig, a panda, and even a unicorn. Then I started imagining dolls dressed up in their Halloween finery and ready to go trick or treating, and so my Halloween dolls came to be.

When I started designing knitted dolls, I did not fully understand the design process, so I started with a simple pillow shape for the bodies. The dolls that followed were also designed using simple shapes involving little or no shaping and easy construction techniques. In this pattern the Zombie's feet have no shaping and are seamed together on the right side, so there is no need for seaming on the wrong side and then turning them right-side-out.

In another of my patterns, Frankie's eyes and shoes are slightly challenging but slowing down and taking your time can ease the process. You could also post a question here if you get stuck.

Below, I share my design process. Useful videos about knitting techniques and a free pattern for my knitted Zombie are also included. For more knitting patterns, check out the link in my profile.

I hope you enjoy the pattern below.

Necessary Materials (Knitted Zombie Doll)

  • Parchment double‐knit yarn. Approx 25g
  • A small amount of black double‐knit yarn
  • A small amount of light brown double‐knit yarn
  • A small amount of dark brown double‐knit yarn
  • A small amount of white double‐knit yarn
  • A small amount of medium blue double‐knit yarn
  • A small amount of red double‐knit yarn
  • 1 pair of 3 mm knitting needles
  • 2 x 3 mm double pointed knitting needles (Dpn’s)
  • Toy filling
  • A darning needle
  • Red marker pen
  • Black colouring pencil

Useful Info Before You Begin

  • Stylecraft make a double‐knit yarn colour called parchment however a similar yarn from your stash will be fine.
  • Leave long yarn tails on your cast on/off pieces as they are the best/strongest way to sew up.
  • Use glass/plastic head pins to practice placing eyes before stitching.
  • When sewing in the eyes, nose & mouth, tie a single knot into the end of the yarn leaving a 2 cm tail.
  • Starting at the back of the head, push the needle through to the front at the point where you want to place the features, pull until the knot & tail disappear & sew as required. If a little of the tail still shows, then pull it gently & carefully snip with scissors close to the body.
  • Frequently check your photos for placement tips.

The Body

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour parchment cast on 40 stitches.

  • Stocking stitch 4 rows. Change to dark brown yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 16 rows. Change to parchment yarn.
  • Starting with a knit row, Stocking stitch 30 rows.
  • Cast off.

Making Up the Body

  • Sew side seam together using back stitch (with right sides together) or mattress stitch (with wrong sides together) changing colour as required.
  • With wrong side facing & seam at centre back, over sew the bottom end together.
  • Turn right side out. The seam should sit on the centre back of the body.
  • Starting at the bottom centre of the trousers and using a length of dark brown yarn, stitch 10 (1 stitch for 10 rows of stocking stitch) back stitches to form the legs of the trousers.
  • Fasten off.
  • Fill with toy filling.
  • Over sew top end together.
  • You now have a small pillow shape ready to add the character.

The Muddy Skin Patches

Create the muddy/dirty patches by slightly dampening your black colouring pencil.

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Using the side of the lead, stroke across the body, head, feet and arms in patches.

Check the pattern photo for guidance.

The Belt

  • Using 3mm knitting needles & colour dark brown cast on 50 stitches.
  • Rows 1‐3. Knit.
  • Row 4. Purl.
  • Row 5. Knit.
  • Rows 6 & 7. Knit.
  • Cast off knit wise
  • Sew row ends together.
  • Place the belt and sew in place.

The Arms (Make Two)

  • With 3 mm knitting needles & using colour parchment, cast on 8 stitches.
  • Garter stitch 2 rows.
  • Starting with a knit row stocking stitch 20 rows.
  • Garter stitch 3 rows.
  • Cast off.

Making Up the Arms

  • With wrong sides together – fold the cast on edge towards the cast‐off edge, stopping 2 rows under the final 3 garter stitch rows. One side of the arm will be a bit longer than the other.
  • Using your tail ends ‐ Over sew neatly along side seams.
  • Colour half of the toy filling in blood red using an alcohol marker.
  • Lightly fill the arms with the toy filling. The arm with the blood red toy filling should be positioned facing downwards with some of the red toy filling poking out, then sew in place (you may need to use a little glue to keep the red toy filling in place against the body).
  • Use the pattern photo for placement guidance.
  • With the second arm, the shorter side of the arm should face forwards. The longer side of the second arm should sit to the back as the tab helps the arm to sit snugger to the body.
  • I used the garter stitch rows on the front and back of the second arm to sew along as your stitches will be hardly noticeable.
  • Make splodges of blood on the injured arm with your red marker pen.

The Feet (Make Two)

  • With 3 mm knitting needles and colour black, cast on 10 stitches.
  • Garter stitch 2 rows.
  • Starting with a knit row stocking stitch 20 rows.
  • Garter stitch the next 3 rows.
  • Starting with a purl row stocking stitch 12 rows.
  • Cast off.

Making Up the Feet

  • With the wrong side facing you, fold the cast on edge towards the second lot of garter stitch rows stopping two rows below. Over sew side seams together.
  • Tightly roll the last 12 rows back until you come to the second lot of garter stitch rows and sew in place. This is the heel of the shoe and helps your toy to stand up.
  • Lightly stuff the front of the shoe.
  • Pin and sew in place using the second lot of garter stitch rows to sew along the base of the body and the first lot of garter stitch rows to sew to the front to the body.
  • Use the pattern photo as a guide.

The Worm (Knitted I-Cord)

Using your 2, 3mm dpn’s and the medium brown yarn cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1. Knit 2 stitches. Do not turn your needle but push the stitches to the other end.

Row 2. Pull yarn firmly & Knit 2 stitches. Push the stitches to the end of the needle.

Note how the yarn carries across the back of your work. That’s good, it’s supposed to, and it’s what gives its tubular shape Remember to pull the yarn firmly at the beginning of each row.

Knit a further 12 rows.

Cast off.

Finishing Off the Worm

Thread one of the tail ends in your darning needle and run through the centre of the body of the worm a couple of times.

Repeat with the other tail end but this time pull the yarn until the worm’s body curls up a bit, then fasten off.

This helps stiffen the body. With a small amount of black yarn, stitch an eye both sides of the worm head. It doesn’t matter which end.

Sew the worm to one of the Zombie's feet.

Use the photo as a placement guide.

The Face

  • The opening of the mouth and the eye sockets are swiss darned in place using black yarn.
  • I have attached a Swiss Darning How to Video with this pattern.
  • Find the centre stitch of the lower mouth area by following the centre line up from the trousers.
  • Now count two stitches to the right and place the first swiss darn stitch here. Work five stitches from right to left (or vice versa if you prefer) then stitch a further two rows on top.
  • The two teeth are swiss darned in white yarn with an added stitch in the centre of each V.
  • The eye sockets are swiss darned in the same way. I positioned them 2 rows above the mouth and 3 stitches apart.
  • The eye that is falling out is made by using a small amount of red yarn and working a 1 stitch I‐ Cord for 4 rows then cast off.
  • Next, using a small amount of white yarn, stitch 2 or 3 stitches on one end of the red piece for the eyeball.
  • Using the medium blue yarn stitch 1 or 2 stitches on top of the white stitches.
  • Lastly stitch 1 black stitch on top of the medium blue.

Constantly check the pattern photo for guidance.

The second eye should be swiss darned with white yarn in the centre of the socket and the medium blue stitched on top followed by a black stitch to finish.

The Scar

The scar is backstitched with a length of black yarn, across the doll's belly.

Check photo for guidance.

The Hair

To get the crinkly look for the hair, I used the medium brown yarn with the 3 mm needles and cast on 50 stitches.

Garter stitch 10 rows. Don’t cast off.

Unravel 1 row at a time and cut into approximately 3‐inch lengths.

Separate the yarn by loosening the end and pull out 1 strand at a time.

Thread a couple of the 3‐inch lengths into your darning needle and randomly stitch through the Zombies head.

Once it is about halfway through, carefully remove the darning needle and tie in a double knot to secure.

Continue until you are satisfied with the look.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Sue Creftor