Garden Fairies

DRAFT ONLY This pattern hasn’t been tested by anyone but me. So any errors please let me know. I am currently working on a video Knit-a-long for those who are better with video instructions. Thanks to Deb and the Knit Nighters who did a quick read through this morning before I put it up here.

I have been hiding these fairies around the Courtyard. As I sat out the front of the shop knitting yesterday , I had the joy of watching little people find the fairies in the garden. Share the joy. Their joy was contagious, adults too smile when they find the fairies hidden.

Our joy may only be a tear to put out the flames of anger, but a flood of joy can make the world a better place for all.



Yarn: 8 ply dazzle acrylic small scraps in colours suitable for dress, skin, wings and eyes

Needles: 3.25mm Set of 4 double pointed needles.


K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together

K2togtbl – Knit 2 together through back loop ( slip the first as if to knit and replace it back onto the left needle, then knit the two stitches together through the back loops)

legs folded icord

Legs – make 1 with skin colour

Cast on 4 sts and work icord for 20cms. 

Sew in ends and tie a knot on each end to make feet.

Icord is folded in half to make two legs.


With dress colour:

Cast on 32 sts (leave a long tail 30cms used to sew dress up.)

Join in the round

Rnd 1 purl

Rnd 2 and 3 knit

Place a stitch marker between sts 16 and 17

Rnd 4 k1, 2togtbl, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1 slip marker, k1, k2togtbl, knit to 3 sts before end of round, k2tog, k1. (28sts)

Rnd 5 and 6 knit

Repeat rnds 4-6 twice more,( 20sts)

Work 12 rounds in knit or until the body is desired length.

Change to skin colour, leaving a long tail of the dress colour, 30cms.

Work 7 rounds in knit for face

Change colour to hat colour


Rnd 1 purl

Rnd 2 and 3 knit

Rnd 4 (k2, k2tog) around (15st)

Rnd 5 knit

Rnd 6 (k1, k2tog) around (10sts)

Rnd 7 knit

Rnd 8 (k2tog) around (5sts)

Rnd 9 k2tog, k3, (4sts)

Work icord for 12 rounds or until desired length.

Break yarn leaving at least 15cm and thread yarn through stitches, gather to close. Secure end.

Tie the icord into a knot. (use the yarn tail to help tie the top knot)

wings worked sideways


Cast on 30sts

Knit 2 rows

Row 3 p2tog knit to last 2 sts, k2tog (28sts)

Repeat row 3 until 8 sts remain

Knit one row

Increase row kfb, knit to last st kfb (10sts)

Repeat increase row until 30sts are on the needle

Knit 2 rows

Bind off


Stuff head and hat and using long tail left from dress colour, gather up neck.

Line up base of body, matching front and back side decreases. Fold icord in half to make two legs. Stuff body and sew up base of body catching in the  folded icord.  Place stitches between cast on and purl row

Arms – using dress colour work running stitches to define arms. Start with a 3 back stitches to secure the yarn at where the hand will be. Sew up the body through all layers, along a line of stitches.

Eyes – embroider with 3 back stitches. Worked over one knit stitch each, one row below hat. Eyes have 2 knit stitches between them.


Gather wings down the center row. Wings are placed so the knitting is sideways. Gather along the center sideways to define the shape of the wings.

Sew the wings securely to the back of the fairy.

Video Knit A Long

3 thoughts on “Garden Fairies”

  1. Hi Tracey, I recently bought the yarn book from your shop in Clare because I fell in love with your fairy cushion which you had on display. I am however really struggling with the wings. The pattern says to make two. Could you’ll please explain how to put them together. Many thanks, Nicola

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