There is nothing like the nostalgia and magic of a good fairytale storybook. Whether you are a parent, have little ones in your life, or are just a child at heart; there is something here for you! For this week’s post we decided to take a dive and find some adorable storybook inspired knit and crochet patterns!

Take the nostalgia and magic that Once upon a time brings, to inspire your next knit or crochet project. There are so many stories to tell and share. There is nothing better then having some props or clothing to go along with a favorite storybook! We found patterns ranging from clothing to toys inspired by classic fairytales known and loved stretching through generations.

We have found patterns ranging from the classic original Grimm’s Fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood to more modern classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Whether you knit or crochet, these patterns would make perfect projects! These patterns range in difficulty and include paid and free patterns.

Once upon a time…

15 Storybook Inspired Knit and Crochet Patterns to Make for Children

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll

A truly magical and fantastical story that is an absolute classic. Fall down the rabbit hole and find a fantastical project to make!

Crochet Wonderland Collection (Free)

By: Little Crochet Farm

It’s always fun to go down a rabbit hole in series of crochet patterns, and this set based on Alice in Wonderland would be just that! These little guys would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves the Wonderland theme. They can be used as toys for a child, for home or even desk décor!

Knit Folkdräkt – dress (Free)

By Tina Hauglund

I found this pattern and thought of Alice in wonderland. I admit this is a loose interpretation of the classic Alice dress. However, this gorgeous gown will guaranteed make your little girl feel like a magical main character! It is a free pattern that ranges in size from 1 year old all the way to 12 years.

Angelina Ballerina

By Katharine Holabird

I don’t know about anyone else, but Angelina Ballerina was a core memory from Adira’s childhood. Almost every little girl dreams of being a ballet dancer at some point and this storybook is a little girl classic!

Knit Little Ballerina Princess Peach (Paid)

By Tonje Dahlgren

Pretty and pink! This little tutu skirt outfit is the perfect for any little ballerina. It says the pattern comes in sizes 0-8 years. The pattern costs 4 US dollars, but I think the price is absolutely worth it!

Clifford the Big Red Dog

By Norman Bridwell

I love Clifford the big red dog! This classic series of children books date back to the 60s. It follows the adventures of a giant dog named Clifford and his little girl, Emily Elizabeth. So much nostalgia with this book!

Crochet Clifford the Big Red Dog Amigurumi (Paid)

By: Mary Smith

As soon as we decided to share some storybook inspired patterns, I just had to find a Clifford! This big guy reminds me of my very own Newfie Gabe! One name I received as a recommendation, as a joke, was Clifford. I think any little boy or girl would love this!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Classic English fairy tale

Goldilocks is one of those folktales that versions have always been told for hundreds of years. While the versions have changed, Goldilocks (or a girl), has been sneaking porridge and causing mischief for three little bears for hundreds of years!

Crochet Amigurumi pattern crochet Goldilocks and The Three Bears (Paid)

By: GreenFrogCrochet

I love, love, love this crochet pattern set! All four characters are so adorable and at one glance, everyone can see they are from the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a classic tale! I believe these little guys would make amazing props to relay the story to your little ones!

Little Red Riding Hood

Folktale originally recorded by the Brother’s Grim

Little red riding hood is classic fairytale that numerous generations have grown up with. The tale of an innocent naïve little girl and a sly wolf, is a story we all know and love. Make an adorable project inspired this classic tale!

Crochet Little Red Riding Hood Cape (Free)

By: Repeat Crafter Me

Such a cute cape! If you have a little one that loves Little Red Riding Hood, then this is absolutely something you should make! The pattern is one size to fit 3-5 year olds and is super easy. The pattern is made up of repetitive stitches making it perfect for beginners too! This piece is so versatile as your little one can wear it in their everyday life or maybe it can be the focal piece to a lovely Halloween costume!

Knit Little Red (Free)

by Erika Flory

This cape is very similar to the crochet one, so it’s perfect for those of us who are not gifted in crochet! It’s a cute little project that will fit a standard sized 4 year old.

Knit Little Red (Free)

by Aine Marriott

This pattern comes with instructions for the adorable little red riding hood, grandma and wolf toys. This pattern would make a perfect story time prop.

The Ugly Duckling

Danish literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen 

A classic tale of a little duckling who feels they don’t belong. Such a good lesson and message about how being different can morph into something gorgeous with time.

The Ugly Duckling inspired by H.C. Andersen & The Ugly Duckling with Teether Feet  (Paid)

By: Altermuligt

Everyone knows the story of the ugly duckling… but these guys are not ugly at all! They are super cute and one version even has teether feet! These cuties would make a perfect gift for a child or a baby.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

This masterpiece of childhood literature and art, has won numerous awards since it was published in 1969. The story of a hungry caterpillar who turns into a butterfly is a staple storybook for any childs’ little library!

Crochet The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Newborn Photo Prop Free Crochet Pattern (Free)

By: ekayg

Just adorable! This little photo prop is super cute and would help in making some gorgeous newborn photos. I think it can even double as a sleep sack! The creator held two variated colored yarns together while crocheting to get the lovely green coloring on the body. Crocheting this little caterpillar set for a baby shower gift would be fabulous, even more so if you include a copy of the book it is based on!

Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak

Another classic tale from the 60s! This loveable story follows Max who is being a little terrible monster to a land with actual monsters. There he learns being terrible all the time isn’t all that fun and returns home. This classic was turned into a live action movie in 2009. Fun fact: Adira had a childhood friend who knew the director (or someone higher up in creation) for the movie. Supposedly, this friend was asked to play Max before any auditions were held (unfortunately his parents turned this down).

Crochet Unnamed Crochet Monster Pattern with Video (Free)

By: Amigurumi To Go

This little monster was inspired by the books creatures and didn’t he come out so cute!? The creator not only shares the pattern for free but also provides a helpful video. I love this monsters fur work, something I have yet to give a try.

Knit b33-8 Truly Wooly (Free)

By DROPS Design

Make your little one an outfit inspired by the pajamas Max wore. This onesie pattern is the perfect base, just knit up in white and add a crown! This pattern is free and ranges in size from preemie all the way to 4 years!

Knit Felted Halloween Crown (Free)

I love a good felted knit. Size can be customized with felting as you work it until it has shrunk to the desired size. It is also great because with felting, your knitting gains structure it wouldn’t have otherwise. As you can see, this crown pattern is perfect for any king of the monsters!

Winnie the Pooh

By A. A, Milne

A willy nilly silly old bear…

The classic honey loving bear has a special place in generations of childhoods. There are so many amazing patterns inspired by this storybook, maybe someday we’ll gather them all!

Knit Honey Bear (Paid

By: Claire Garland

Claire Garland is a well known knit designer. She is known for her ability to catch the magic and realism of animals and classic fantasy characters alike. She is currently one of my favorite knit designers. I am currently making her Peter Rabbit knit pattern, which you can read about here. While we currently are more familiar with the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh, Claire Garland manages to catch the essence and quirk found in the classic illustrations done by Ernest Shephard!

We hope you enjoyed these storybook inspired crochet and knit patterns! Let us know if you enjoy this and we will write another collection of Storybook patterns in the future!

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