Aine baby and toddler cardigan - knitting pattern

This little cardigan is sweet in pink, but will also be ideal in a different colour for a little lad. It is in a combination of moss stitch and diamonds. The collar is made along with the front bands, and you can use a circular needle for this part if you prefer. The name Aine is pronounced awn-yeh and means “splendour and radiance.” The actual garment measures 20, 22 or 24 inches around at the chest. There are six pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. Worsted yarn was used for the pictured garment, you don't need to use the yarn specified as long as you make sure that you check the gauge. The garment is knit flat, so only straight needles are required.


  • PDF knitting pattern with photographs
  • Written pattern (no chart)
  • Sizes are in inches, but supplies are in both imperial and metric
  • Suitable for experienced knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch, 5 oz (140g), 266m/290 yds. – the 20” size took 4 oz, so depending on your gauge and desired length, you may find one ball will suffice for each size. * Straight knitting needles: 4.5mm (U.K. 7, U.S. 7) and 5mm (U.K. 6, U.S. 8) * Cable needle * 4 or 5 buttons * Yarn needle for sewing up * Place markers – I use small safety pins or tie on contrasting lengths of yarn

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Christina Drummond

I learned to knit as a child living in both Ireland and England. I love the intricate work of aran garments, but it was only when my first grandchild came along that I began to design for babies and children - for her first child my daughter had wanted a tiny sweater with a particular aran stitch on the front, I couldn't find a pattern so decided to make one up!

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