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Published on April 23rd, 2015 | by Angie


Top 5 Dress up patterns

Playing dress up is an integral part to a child’s development and engages their imagination and creativity. Here are our top 5 dress up patterns, perfect for every budding knight or heir to the throne. 

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1. Unicorn Hoodie by Emily Ringelman

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Who wouldn’t love a unicorn hoodie to wear on walks in the forest or to act in a play with friends? This fabulous zip-up sweater is knit from the top down, starting with a provisional cast on at the neck, which is later undone to pick up and knit the hood. An icord edging is used for a perfect finish! The pattern includes sizing for 6 months – size 10, or for sizes from a 21 – 31 inch chest measurement. For this project you will need Cascade 220 Superwash in White (871) for the main body; 2 balls for sizes 6 months – 2T; 3 balls for sizes 4T – 6; and 4 balls for sizes 8 – 10. You will also need 1 ball of Wendy Supreme Sparkle DK in White (1910) for the mane and tail for all sizes, and 1 ball of DMC Metal Chic Marquise in 02 (Black) for the hooves and horn for all sizes.

2. My Fair Maiden by Meg Roke

Top 5 dress up patterns: princess tunic top - download at LoveKnitting!


This tunic is too cute for words, knit in the round from the bottom up and split at the arm holes to be knit flat. The pattern features traditional medieval styling, including box pleats, a high neckline, and fitted bodice section. The body of the tunic is knit in stocking stitch and features a garter stitch border in a contrasting color. I recommend Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino sport weight yarn in Purple (079) for the main shade and Fuchsia (088) for the contrasting shade, as seen below. You will need 3 balls of the main shade for a 22 inch (55 cm) chest, 4 balls for a 24 inch (60 cm) chest, 5 balls for a 26 inch (65 cm) chest, and 6 balls for sizes with a 27.5 inch (68 cm) – 29 inch (72 cm) chest. All sizes only require one ball of the contrasting shade. Remember to check your gauge!

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


3. Crochet crown by Kerry Jayne Designs

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Non-crocheters, never fear: this pattern is super simple and accessible to even the most novice of crocheters. I might even make one for myself to wear around the office! These adorable crowns are explained from stitch to stitch, perfect for the novice yarn crafter, and available in sizes newborn to adult. For these crowns, I love King Cole Cottonsoft DK – with 100% cotton, it’s perfect for super sensitive baby skin. I’m enamored with Jade (781) and Coral (1574), but you can click on the image below to view all available shades. You won’t need more than one ball for any of the sizes.

King Cole cottonsoft DK


4. Woolbringer sword by Emily Ringelman

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Defend the castle, defeat the dragon, or win the duel with this knitted sword! Knit in pieces (blade, cross guard, and hilt), it is seamed up around an internal structure made of cardboard, light wood, and tape.  (Pssst! Don’t forget your toy stuffing!) Techniques used in this pattern are knitting in the round, horizontal and vertical seaming, and duplicate stitch. For this pattern, I recommend Hayfield Bonus Chunky yarn in Light Grey Mix (814), Sunflower (978), and Cinder (786). You only need one ball of each shade to complete this amazing project.

Hayfield Bonus Chunky

5. Dragon dog sweater with Lion Brand Wool Ease

Top 5 dress up patterns - dragon dog sweater - download at LoveKnitting!

This pattern is FREE  from Lion Brand. Every prince, princess, knight, and squire need a dragon to play fetch with, so why not dress up the family dog to take part in rainy day dress up fun? This pattern fits small to medium sized dogs and is knitted in one piece from the neck, divided at the legs, and brought back together. The hood and spikes are knit separately and sewn onto the sweater. This pattern features Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice; you will need 2 balls of Lime (194) and 1 ball of Scarlet (113) for both sizes.

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice

How to buy the pattern downloads:  Click on the images to download the patterns. Add the pattern to your basket, and select ‘Go to Checkout’ – this requires you to create an account with LoveKnitting. If you’ve already shopped with us, then you will already have an account and can simply sign in. Follow the checkout process to receive the download. Learn more here.

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet and design fun patterns!

Last updated: April 23rd, 2015.

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