You can knit Princess Diana's most iconic looks

Published on November 10, 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 British Royal Family’s most influential fashion icon. But it was her love of knitwear that gets our hearts racing. From the famous black sheep sweater, now part of London's 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 sports races! 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 sweater 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 sweater 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 sweater is having something of a revival. Get the Diana-tried-and-tested look by teaming your knitted tank top with a pastel colored shirt.

Download the Hazel Tank Top

Royal hue

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A pop of color, gingham cropped pants, 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 afterward using simple embroidery stitches.

Download the Beryl Cardigan

Shape shifter

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

Download the Alaska Sweater

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 sweater in their wardrobe and this picture of Diana at the age of 19, shows how it's done! Fair Isle sweater, turtleneck and corduroy pants - 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 colorways. We absolutely love this design by Caitlin Hunter - Ghost Horses. A top-down circular yoke sweater featuring all-over stranded colorwork, 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 sweater in cotton DK. Knitted flat and seamed, with fabulous stitch definition, it's the perfect every day princess look.

Download the Patsy Sweater

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About the author

Milly Youngs

Milly is Digital Content Editor at LoveCrafts. Milly’s mission is to bring people everyday moments of joy through craft. 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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