I lately found one of those dolls as woodi describes and shows. A friend of the familie made it for me. So I made one for my niece. then I thought of making a dress shape one. But haven't come around to it yet.
i surely will not work for a drummer, though.
If you want pattern books for free, check the local library or LYS. you can probalby copy or borrow an issue.
How detailed do you want to get with it?
If just plain: look up teddy bear patterns. By making the body taller, the head a litte higher than round and no extruded nose, you get real close to a person!
I have a simple teddy pattern: two legs, made seperately, knit in the round, just start with a few stitches and increase a few rounds.
at the top of the legs: knit over all stitches in a big round, increasing 2 stitches or so between the legs.
now knit up a tube pretty high in this diameter. At the very top, decrease rapidly and close up after stuffing it full.
The top part of this will be tied off with a string around the neck and become the head.
Then knit two arms in the round, seperately, just thinner then the legs.
for a bear knit nose and ear. for a person: not.
I you change colours like in woodi's example, the person wears pants / a pullover / etc.
not the most detailed but nicely cartoony! The features of your family members can be added... tall, fat, different hair style and so on (tie in... my doll had thick brown hair from under a cap that was part of the same rectangle, just in garder stitch to puff out some.).
the good thing is, too, you can make them any basic sice.
my teddy had 16 stitch legs, 14 or 12 stitch arms... just for basic.