You can knit Princess Diana's most iconic looks

Published on 10 November 2020 By Milly Youngs 4 min read

If I were to swap jobs with someone for the day, up there on my list would be Amy Roberts. Emmy award-winner Roberts is the costume designer behind Seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix’s hit series The Crown. Oh the neckerchiefs, the lush velvets and silks, the perfect pastel twin sets and the extravagant hats! As Season 4 graces our screens this November, all eyes will be on Diana, Princess of Wales, played by Emma Corrin.

The people’s princess stole our hearts and became the Royal Family’s most influential fashion icon. But it was her love of the knitted jumper that gets our hearts racing. From the famous black sheep sweater, now part of the Victoria & Albert Museum's permanent collection, to her love for classic Aran jumpers, bold oversized knits teamed with floaty skirts, and knitted jackets paired with jeans - Diana had a knitted number to suit every occasion. This is how you can recreate some of her most famous looks.

The perfect bow

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There is nothing more alluring and fancy than a giant bow. We've been fastening garments with bountiful bows since the 12th Century, in fact, by 17th century Britain, even the men wore a flurry of bows if they wanted to be seen as fashionistas. If they were good enough for Audrey Hepburn, they were good enough for Princess Di. But this princess was about practical femininity too - her bows had to be practical enough to wear for running in her Princes' school egg and spoon race! Recreate the look with Kate Bellando's Sailor Sweater with perfect intarsia bow.

Download the Sailor Sweater

Flock appeal

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Princess Di wore this iconic black sheep jumper just after her engagement to Prince Charles. Designed by Warm & Wonderful in 1979, the look was flung back into the spotlight after Harry Styles wore a similar sweater vest version this summer and it was announced the famous sheep jumper is being reissued, oh joy! Get the look with P/hop's vintage pattern helping raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s life-saving work around the world.

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Simply the vest

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The sweater vest, a bit like the collared jumper is having something of a revival. Get the Diana-tried-and-tested look by teaming your knitted tank top with a pastel coloured shirt.

Download the Hazel Tank Top

Royal hue

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A pop of colour, gingham cropped trousers and a white shirt; the definition of casual chic. Everyone, like Diana herself, needs a plain knitted cardi in their wardrobe and we love this classic design from Sirdar.

Download Sirdar's Woman's Cardi

Wild at heart

Only do what your heart tells you." - Princess Diana

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Diana didn't just follow the trends, she wore classic looks and made them her own, and that's what made her a style muse. If you love vintage-inspired knits and you want to learn how to embroider this is the timeless knit for you. Get the look with Debbie Bliss's Beryl cardigan - knitted flat and seamed, with sweet embroidered flowers added afterwards using simple embroidery stitches.

Download the Beryl Cardigan

Shape shifter

We might have done away with belted jumpers, but this geometric look is here to stay. Recreate the look with gorgeous diamond motifs and textured cables in the Alaska jumper by Debbie Bliss. With a high ribbed collar, this is a jumper that will keep you cosy and stylish all winter long.

Download the Alaska Jumper

Sweet sophistication

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A fluffy, pastel pink knit jacket, worn over the top of a dress? Yes, please! Get the look with Rico's longline knitted jacket, made in Rico Fashion Light Luxury - a glorious blend with Alpaca and Wool to keep you seriously snug. Alternative yarns? Try Rowan's Brushed Fleece, Rico's Fashion Mohair Merino or Blue Sky Fibers Techno with a touch of silk.

Download the Fluffy Jacket

Run free

I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am." - Princess Diana

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No one should be without at least one Fair Isle jumper in their wardrobe and this picture of Diana at the age of 19, shows how it's done! Fair Isle jumper, turtleneck and corduroy trousers - it's the perfect ensemble for a countryside stroll.

Once you learn the technique of Fair Isle knitting, you can create beautiful designs with multiple colourways. We absolutely love this design by Caitlin Hunter - Ghost Horses. A top-down circular yoke sweater featuring all-over stranded colourwork, with a ring of horses galloping across the yoke!

Download the Ghost Horses Pattern

Preppy perfection

Recreate Diana's timeless college cool aesthetic with Patsy - the Debbie Bliss jumper in Cotton DK. Knitted flat and seamed, with fabulous stitch definition, it's the perfect every day princess look.

Download the Patsy Jumper

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Milly Youngs

Milly is Digital Content Editor at LoveCrafts. Milly’s mission is to bring people everyday moments of joy through craft. Got an idea for a post? Send your idea to Milly, she loves receiving new submissions! When Milly’s not editing you’ll find her with a freshly ground coffee, sewing or collaging in her craft nook.

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