Well, I have finally, for now, settled on a speedier, neater-looking design for doll babies. Its structure is similar to the previous crocheted-in-the-round version – made in pieces, then stuffed and sewn together.

loom-knit dollbaby parts
Here are the torso and limbs of the doll baby, strung onto a knitting needle so it shouldn't unravel.
doll head on knitting loom
Here is the doll head, still in progress on the Ukrainian Knitting Loom.
doll head on loom from below
Another view of the doll head on the loom; the knitting, of course, builds up (down?) underneath the loom.

And where did I find this marvelous device? On YouTube, of course.

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