Ardan baby or toddler sweater and hat - knitting pattern

This little sweater features a double moss-filled cross-over chevron at the centre of the front and back, the remainder being worked in stocking stitch. This makes a lighter sweater than a full aran, and gives you enough detail to work with if you are new to the cable needle. Make it in a neutral colour for an every-day play sweater, or use pastel or stained-glass colours with fancier buttons for a dressed-up look. The chevron pattern is also featured on the roomy little hat. Ardan is pronounced “are-dawn” and means “high aspiration.” The hat was designed to be large, a special request from a knitter whose child had an unruly mop of hair which needed to be contained! The actual sweater chest size is 19 (21, 23) inches around. There are five pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs.
Double knitting was used for the pictured set, you don't need to use the yarn specified as long as you make sure that you check the gauge. The sweater and hat are 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 intermediate and experienced knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Bernat Softee Baby sport D.K., 140g (5 oz), 395 yds – one ball * Knitting needles: 4mm (8 U.K., 6 U.S.) and 3.25mm (10 U.K., 3 U.S.)
* Spare knitting needles or stitch holders * Cable needle * Yarn needle for sewing up

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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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