I can't knit, and I won't even claim to have any idea about it (funny, because apparently knitting is easier than crochet???). However, my Mum has knitted for years, and recently completed her first ever "doll". She saw the result of my Zebra, using the Sirdar Snowflake yarn, and decided to hunt for a pattern that she could make. She settled on Sirdar's Father Christmas, which can be found here. And the result of her first doll is very impressive!
Would be great to get some feedback to pass on to her!