As we get a little closer to fall it might be time to start thinking about costumes! Since I recently designed a crochet scrubs costume for kids I thought that a round-up of crochet and knit costumes for kids would be perfect! I had quite a fun time looking around on the internet for costumes to crochet and knit! There are some amazingly creative crafters out there and the things they do with yarn are fun, interesting, quirky, and sometimes breathtaking! I narrowed down my search to 17 costume ideas to fit kids. Take a look with me!
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Why crochet or knit a costume for your kids?
Crochet and knit fabrics are incredibly versatile. You can produce shaped things stuffed with fiberfil. You can produce wigs, beards, swords, baskets, dresses, onesies, you name it! The only limit to what you can make is your imagination…and skills. If there is a character that your child loves, you can make a very accurate replica with the right yarn and some determination!
I did find a number of crochet and knit costume patterns that were based on licensed characters. I did not include any of those here, because I don’t want to get wrapped up in licensing disputes. However, if you are looking for something like that, there’s a good chance you can find it!
What if I can’t find a pattern for the costume my child wants?
You may not be able to find an exact pattern for the costume your child wants. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it. Sometimes you can start with something that is basically the same, and just make it in a different color, or with a slight alteration and it will work perfectly!
And now the costume patterns!
The Baby Bat Costume crochet pattern is from Amanda Saladin of Love Life Yarn. This is a free pattern that is available in two baby sizes: 6 and 12 months. This adorable pattern includes a hat with bat ears and a long-sleeved onesie with bat wings between the arms and body. Sometimes where we live it is cold in October, so if my baby were wearing this for Halloween I would probably add some black tights or leggings. So cute!
The Baby Shark Sun Hat crochet pattern from Jo to the World Creations is an adorable pattern in sizes for babies, toddlers, and children. It’s free on the website and will be a perfect summertime, poolside accessory to shade the child’s face, but will work equally well for Halloween or dress up for shark lovers!
My Children’s Scrubs Costume crochet pattern is written in children’s sizes 2-10 and is the perfect way to dress up as a modern-day hero! It works for dress-up, career day at school, or Halloween! The crochet pattern is free!
Kara Shallenberg has designed this Chainmail Hauberk for a Young Knight. This is a free knitting pattern in one size. It is modeled on tweens and possibly young teens, but it looks like it may be stretchy enough to fit a small adult too! I love how the knit garter stitch actually looks a lot like chainmail!
Easy Spider Legs and Eyes are some additions you can make to a solid colored shirt and hat to make a quick spider costume! The free crochet pattern is from Angela Ader of Nine Inspired. The designer also has this “Spider Silk Skirt” that she recommends to go along with the spider legs and eyes. They pair so perfectly!
Lael Viking Helmet is a really great crochet pattern from Mamachee! It is available in sizes from baby to adult so you can have a whole family of vikings with this pattern! I can just see the family costume opportunities, which my teenage daughters would not appreciate, LOL! This paid crochet pattern could also go fantastically well with a crochet beard.
Woodland Fox Baby is a free knitting pattern from Kristen Cooper of 400 Square Ft Living. Isn’t this adorable?! I could see this with a matching onesie and white tights. The knit hat pattern is available in baby sizes from 3 to 12 months. I’m sure it works up quickly since it is so small and looks to be made with a fairly heavy yarn.
This sweet Scarecrow Hat crochet pattern makes a quick, classic Halloween costume! You could also use it as a fall decor piece if you prefer that. It was designed by Melissa Hassler of Lovable Loops Crochet Designs. The pattern is written in sizes from baby to adult and is free on the designer’s website!
Circlet is a knitting pattern from Dani Sunshine of Lioness Arts! This simple crown is one for the prince or princess that appreciates the understated look. The free pattern is written in sizes from baby to adult. Make one for the whole family and you can all pick your favorite queen, king, prince, princess, duke, or duchess to impersonate!
Turtle Hat is a crochet pattern by Sandy Powers. This adorable hat crochet pattern is available in three sizes from baby to adult. Turtles are a favorite of many children, so I know there are a bunch of kids out there that will love one of these clever hats! The paid crochet pattern is available on Ravelry.
Okay, wow! Right?! I was blown away by this one. King Tut Headdress is a crochet pattern designed by Cathy Ren. Maybe pair this with an artfully wrapped white sheet and your kiddo will have a perfect Egyptian pharaoh costume! This pattern includes 4 sizes from 20-23.5″ head circumferences, so probably not for really young kids, but my tweens fit into those sizes. This is a paid pattern available on Ravelry.
Baby Kitty Costume is from Amanda Saladin of Love Life Yarn. This sweet cat costume is a knitting pattern in baby sizes 6 and 12 months. As a bonus, you could make the tail removable and have a functional onesie for every day too! The pattern is free on the designer’s website!
Blank Canvas Onesie is actually a really great base layer you can use to make many costumes. This was designed by Stephanie Pokorny of Crochetverse. If you are looking to make an animal costume, make it in the appropriate color and add ears and a tail. You can customize this base layer in an endless number of ways to make just the perfect costume for adults and children! The crochet pattern is written in *eleven* sizes from newborn to Men’s XL! The paid pattern is available on Ravelry.
This is a free crochet pattern that I designed years ago for Red Heart, and it is available free from Yarnspirations! It is one size, with a neck circumference of about 17″. This pattern is called Cape for a Princess. It’s a great accessory for princesses and magical beings to keep a little extra warm while trick-or-treating, just in case their magic can’t do that for them, wink.
Baby Sloth Costume Outfit is a crochet pattern from Nycole of Baby Baum Boutique. This will make an adorable set for newborn pictures, but with a matching onesie would also be perfect to dress up your newborn for Halloween! The paid crochet pattern is available in one size, 0-3 months.
Wayward Princess Dress is a crochet pattern from Angela Ader of Nine Inspired. With the optional octopus applique, this basic dress with peter pan collar could make an excellent base layer for many costumes! Customize it with the colors, patterns, and appliques that are just right for your desired costume! The paid pattern is available in children’s sizes 2-10!
Order of the Unicorn Hood is a fantastic crochet pattern from Stephanie Pokorny of Crochetverse. When made according to the pattern, the hood fits most people from preteens to adults. This paid pattern is part of a set of other unicorn patterns from the same designer, but just this one alone with a pair of white sweats would make a great costume for older kids, or a great dress-up piece for elementary age kiddos!
And there you go! Are you feeling inspired to make a crochet or knit costume for someone? What costume items have you made in the past?