Caireann shawl poncho for girls - knitting pattern

This shawl poncho goes with jeans and a t-shirt as well as a favourite dress. Make it in any yarn, pure wool for warmth, or a lighter yarn for when worn more for style than utility. I recommend measuring the length you need to make the rectangle, as children of the same age vary in torso length and size. Caireann (pron. Kare-in) is an Irish name meaning “little beloved.” There are two 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.


  • Illustrated knitting pattern
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters
  • Sizes are in inches, but supplies are in both imperial and metric

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * 4-5 oz (150-160g) aran weight yarn * Straight knitting needles, size 5 mm (6 U.K. (8 U.S.) * Cable Needle * Yarn needle for sewing

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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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