Fairy Tale and Storybook Knitting Patterns
Knitting patterns inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and beloved children’s books. Includes, toys, clothes, costumes, and more. Most patterns are free.
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Doll designed by Chris Collins.
Alice in Wonderland Doll
Doll with pinafore and bottle knit in DK weight yarn. Designed by Debi Birkin. Pictured project by JE4N3TTE
An easy to make fairy pin uses scraps of DK or worsted weight yarn, filling for the head, and felt for the wings. Designed by Debi Birkin
Nanny Mittens are stranded mittens showing a floating nanny with umbrella and tote bag reminiscent of Mary Poppins. Palm pattern shows umbrellas. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Pirita Hiltunen. Pictured project by JorunnF
Munchkin Slipper Baby Booties
Fanciful baby booties with curly toes, Knit in the round, these booties are seamless. Quick knit and great use for scrap yarn.There are no seams, and the slippers are knit in the round from the bottom up. It takes one evening for a pair. Sized for newborns. Designed by Caroline Hegwer. Pictured projects by marble and eagallant
Toy inspired by the Sleeping Beauty character. Designed by Anna Fisk
Little Red Riding Hood
This beginner level pattern is knit flat in two separate rectangles and then seemed to form a hood and separate wrap. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Gina Michele. The ties do require picking up a few stitches but you could also knit separately and sew on. Knit for a quick Halloween costume or as a wrap to wear every day.
Toy softie inspired by the nursery rhyme. 10 inches tall (not counting legs). Designed by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
This toy donkey softie is inspired by the beloved Winnie the Pooh character. Designed by Lindsay Clare. Pictured project by RebekahBurroughs who reported that using US 5 needles her Eeyore was 3 3/4 inches high and 5 inches long
Rose Fairy Doll
32cm/12.5″ tall. Designed by Patons UK. To get the pattern, click on the link below to Deramore’s. Put the pattern in your cart and checkout – you won’t be asked for payment info. You will then get a link to download the pattern.
Woodland Fairy Wings
Kat Coyle’s lace fairy wings are knit and then gathered into a centerpiece. Although the pattern calls for crocheting the central section and ties, I would think that you could knit them instead. Also though this pattern calls for mohair, Ravelrers have used a variety of yarns for their projects. This pattern is excerpted from her book Boho Baby Knits
Fairy House with Fairy
This toy house and doll are created with simple knit stitches. Designed by Nicola Valiji. The file needs to be unzipped after download.
Princess and Dragon Playset
Princess Molly and Arlo the Dragon toy softies. Designed by Christel Krukkert. The file needs to be unzipped after download.
A Grin Without a Cat Potholder
This Cheshire Cat Potholder was designed by Monica Manceñido. The double knit design features the Cheshire Cat on the front and just his grin on the back.
He’s Hungry… Caterpillar
Patterns for Purchase
Create a knitted castle of your favorite child’s dreams. Pattern is complete with instructions for archways, columns, and circular columns. Windows and merlons are knitted separately and attached. The castle pieces can also be rearranged for even more creative play. One of the patterns in 60 Quick Knitted Toys. Designed by Megan Kreiner
Fairy Tale Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket
A lace blanket of magical motifs designed by Melanie Lewis with an enchanted castle, stars to wish upon, fields of flowers. Size 38 x 38. This pattern is one of more than 10 patterns in the Interweave Knits Spring 1997 Digital Edition.
Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included)
This book includes patterns for 17 Walkabout Puppets / Toys of characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Humpty-Dumpty, The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel and the Wicked Witch, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Grandma’s Clothing, and Mary and Her Little Lamb. Children can slip their fingers into the puppet legs and play along as they listen to the stories on the included CD. Designed by Anita M. Wheeless. Paperback or digital download.
Topsy Turvy Red Riding Hood Kit
This knitting pattern for a reversible flip doll features Red Riding Hood, complete with long skirt and basket of goodies for Granny, who transforms into the Big Bad Wolf dressed as Granny when you reverse her skirt! Designed by Amanda Berry exclusively for Deramore’s, the kit includes the pattern, yarn for the toy
Inspired by the beloved children’s character, this stuffed toy is 10.5 inches tall.
What a cute idea! These light and simple fairy wings are a snap to make and a breeze to wear. One size fits child and adults.
Where the Wild Things Are Romper
This romper is an adorable first Halloween costume for baby. The versatile knit for newborns to 2 years old can be customized into a lion, devil, cow, or any other costume with ears and tail.
Cinderella Topsy Turvy Doll
Cinderella can be transformed from patches to ball gown, by turning the skirts upside down. 28cm (11in) from hem of skirt to top of head. One of the patterns in Jean Greenhowe’s Christmas Special
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!