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Fairy Tale and Storybook Knitting Patterns

by | Aug 23, 2017 | Featured

Knitting patterns inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and beloved children’s books. Includes, toys, clothes, costumes, and more. Most patterns are free.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Mermaid Toy

Mermaid Toy

Doll designed by Chris Collins.

Free Knitting Pattern for Alice in Wonderland Doll

Alice in Wonderland Doll

Doll with pinafore and bottle knit in DK weight yarn. Designed by Debi Birkin. Pictured project by JE4N3TTE

Free Knitting Pattern for Fairy Pin

Airy Fairy

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

Free Knitting Patterns for Nanny Mittens

Nanny Mittens

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Munchkin Slipper Baby Booties

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Red Riding Hood

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Toy softie inspired by the nursery rhyme. 10 inches tall (not counting legs). Designed by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

Free Knitting Pattern for Eeyore Toy

Free Knitting Pattern for Eeyore Toy


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

Free Knitting Pattern for Rose Fairy Doll

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Woodland Fairy Wings

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Fairy House with Fairy

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Frog Prince Baby Hat and Sweater

Frog Prince Baby Hat and Sweater

Sizes 6 mo. (1 yr, 2 yr, 4 yr). Designed by Cascade Yarns.

Free Knitting Pattern for Princess and Dragon Playset

Princess and Dragon Playset

Princess Molly and Arlo the Dragon toy softies. Designed by Christel Krukkert. The file needs to be unzipped after download.

Cheshire Cat Potholder Trivet free knitting pattern -- back shows grin only


Cheshire Cat potholder free knitting pattern -back

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Tiny Topsy Doll

Tiny Topsy the Tooth Fairy

This topsy turvy doll turns into a tooth fairy with the flip of the dress. Designed by Wendy Phillips

Free Knitting Pattern for Furry Fairies Ornaments

Furry Fairies Ornament

These adorable star-hanging mice fairies are designed by the amazing Alan Dart.

Free knitting pattern for Babar elephant toy with clothes


The beloved elephant comes to life in Sara Elizabeth Kellner’s 11 inch toy. Instructions for Babar, his green suit, a bowler hat, king’s cape, and crown are all included.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Castle Set Knitting Pattern for Castle Set

Castle Set

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)

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.

Knitting Pattern for Fairy Tale House Needle or Pencil Case

Fairy Tale House Case

This roll up case is perfect for knitting needles or color pencils and looks like an enchanted cottage. House height is about 31 cm /12.2 inches/.

Topsy Turvy Red Riding Hood Kit

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

Knitting Pattern for Gruffalo Toy

Gruffalo Toy

Inspired by the beloved children’s character, this stuffed toy is 10.5 inches tall.

Knitting pattern for Toadstool Pin Cushion with Fairy

Toadstool Pincushion and Fairy

SIZE – Toadstool pincushion 10cm (4in). Fairy 9cm (3½ in). Can be used for pins and needles or as a tiny toy.

Knitting Pattern for Fairy Wings

Fairy Wings

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.

Knitting Pattern Where the Wild Things Are Romper

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.

Knitting Pattern for Cinderella Topsy Turvy Doll

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

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Knitting Patterns for Fantastical Creatures from legends, myths, fairy tales, and fiction. Most patterns are free

Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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