I get asked quite frequently about needles, yarn, and patterns for doll-sized knitting, so I thought I'd put the information here for easy access.
What yarn should you use?
This is pretty subjective, but here this is what I use.
I use fingering weight yarn for outfits that would translate to a bulky weight wool in human sizes. For example, a coat or very warm sweater.
I usually use Knitpicks Palette, because that is the least expensive option for me. As a bonus, they have a wonderful variety of colours! Their other varieties of yarn in this weight are excellent as well. Also, sometimes I can find some self-striping yarn at the craft store on sale.
If you live somewhere with a good yarn store accessible, you may have a good range of choice there. :)
I usually use needles between 1.5 mm and 2.5 mm in size, both circular and double-pointed, for fingering weight yarn.
I use laceweight yarn for outfits that would translate to regular worsted weight wool in human sizes. So indoor sweaters or dresses, mostly.
I love Knitpicks Laceweight yarns, as there is nothing this thin available to me locally. The bonus is that the amount of yarn you get will last a really long time (so do pick a colour you'd like to use for multiple outfits!)
I have, however, ocassionally also taken two strands of embroidery floss. This works best for something really small, like a Realpuki dress or top.
For lacewieght yarn, I use circular and double-pointed needles between 0.75 mm an 1.5 mm.
Where can I find knitting needles this small?
You can usually find sets labelled something like "Sock knitting needles" which will contain double-pointed needles on the larger end of this size range at your local craft store. If you can find them colour coded, all the better!
I also use:
1) The Sunstruck circulars from Knitpicks for the larger sizes.
2) Double-pointed needles from HiyaHiya (as well as their circulars)
3) Double-pointed needes from BagLady (these are nice as they come with their own storage tube, and go to very small sizes)
Any other notions I ought to have?
Most needle gauges don't go below 2mm. This is severely annoying when you are dealing with double-pointed needles in tiny sizes! I have the "Needle Gauge Pendent - Sock and Lace", and am constantly using it. It's great!
Other than that, there's nothing special you need for doll-sized knitting that you wouldn't have for regular knitting.
This page is a work in progress! I'll be adding some links here as I get time.
Wovenflame's patterns on Ravelry.
Becky Colvin's Knitting Patterns