I think she turned out alright, all things considered. I looked at a description online, but to be honest I do not enjoy slavishly following a pattern when making something for which I think my creativity is adequate. Knitting a sweater to fit someone? Yes, give me a pattern. But with a few photos and some instructions, I can make a doll baby without counting stitches!
Now she is all snug in her little bed, and I took her to the farmers' market this morning and showed her off to friends. For a brand new baby, she did very well in 100 degree heat.
I enjoyed making that purse-baby so much that tonight I made another one. This yarn looks similar, but is quite different. It's a Red Heart Soft, so it is a smoother, silkier yarn, and a bit thinner, plus I used a smaller hook and started with fewer stitches, so it's a smaller purse, which I wanted.