small crochet doll with ponytail and red sundress

Lyla – Small Crochet Doll with Ponytail and a Sundress

Lyla is a cute little doll with a ponytail and a sundress from our Kozu Palm Pals small crochet dress up dolls series. She (along with our little boy doll Faiz) was the first doll ever designed for the series. My nephews had a pretend play game with their larger crochet dolls where they were using little bear stuffies as the younger siblings. So one day, I decided to surprise them by crocheting actual small dolls for them – which is what led to the entire collection of Kozu Palm Pals small crochet dolls.

Fun fact: Lyla actually has a twin sister named Leila. But don’t worry, the pattern for both is exactly the same. Lol.

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Crochet Doll with Ponytail Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in any way without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern but please give credit to as the pattern designers.

Tools & Materials You Will Need

  • Yarn: You need a very small amount of DK yarn in skin colour, hair colour, and the colour of the clothes.
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 6 mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black and pink for eyelashes and lips.

Crochet Stitches and Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

HDC: half double crochet

HDC INC: two HDC in the same stitch

Finished size: Approximately 4.5 inches tall.



To begin,crochet the basic Kozu Palm Pals crochet doll body. Once that’s done, come back here and we’ll begin Lyla’s hair and clothes!

Ponytail Hair Cap

Note: This pattern is for the ponytail hair cap. However, any of the hair caps from our Kozu Palm Pals crochet dolls will fit this doll.

Round 1: SC 6 into a magic ring.

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5-9 (5 rounds): SC in each stitch around (24)

Note: The hair cap width can vary based on the yarn that you’re using so try it onto your doll’s head and see if you want to increase or decrease rounds here before fastening off.

Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing and sew the hair cap onto the head.


4 SC into a magic ring. *Chain 21. Starting from the second chain on the hook, (3 SC, INC) five times. SC into the next stitch in the magic circle.* Repeat between ** four times, until you have four long curls.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, and sew the curls onto the hair cap.

If you want to add a ponytail holder, chain a length that fits around the ponytail, fasten off, and sew both ends together so that it fits around the ponytail.

crochet sundress for doll


Tip: The clothes were designed using the same hook and yarn size as the doll. However, as you are making the clothes, keep trying them on your doll to ensure that they fit. If they are too snug or too big, you can go up or down a hook size.

The clothes should be put onto your doll from legs up, rather than over the head.

The clothes are crocheted in joined rounds. The slip stitch and chain between rounds do not count as stitches.

Note: This pattern is for a sundress. However, the clothes are removable so you can dress her up with the clothes from any of the other dolls in our Kozu Palm Pals Dress Up Crochet Dolls series.


Using the dress colour yarn

Round 1: Chain 20 and join with a sl st, being careful not to twist the chain.

Round 2: Chain 1. SC, chain 6, skip 6 chains, 6 SC, chain 6, skip 6 chains, SC. Sl st to the first stitch. (8 SC and 12 chains)

Round 3: Chain 1, HDC, 6 HDC in the chain space, 6 HDC, 6 HDC in the chain space, HDC. Sl st to the first stitch (20 HDC)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): Chain 1. HDC around. Sl st to the first stitch (20)

Round 6: Chain 1. (HDC, HDC INC) ten times. Sl st to the first stitch. (30)

Round 7-8  (2 rounds): Chain 1. HDC around. Sl st to the first stitch (30)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Your Lyla mini doll is now complete.

small crochet doll with ponytail and removable clothes

Check out the rest of our dress up dolls to add more clothes to her wardrobe (or to make another cute little doll!).

Also be sure to check all the rest of the dolls in our Kozu Palm Pals small dolls series.