Dearbhla girls cardigan - knitting pattern

This cardigan has no ribbing, and features garter stitch on the button and buttonhole bands and around the neck. The bands are part of the front pieces, so no need to make separate sectons and sew them on. The edges will have a tendency to curl, which was intentional, and my little model loves that it’s different to her other cardigans. Dearbhla, pronounced “Derr-vla”) means “Daughter of the Poet.” The actual garment measures 23 or 25 inches around at the chest. There are five pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. Double knitting 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 or intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Patons Pearl Highlights double knitting, 5 x 50g balls each cardigan, or approximately 6.5 oz. or the yarn of your choice which will give you the correct gauge * Note: instead of varying the stitch numbers as usual, you will use a different size needle to achieve a different size. For the smaller size: 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) and 3.00mm (UK 11, US 2); and for the larger size: 4mm (UK 8 , US 6) and 3.25 (UK 10, US 3). * Cable needle * Yarn needle for sewing up * 4 buttons

Elizabeth Kaa 09.12.2018, 01:11
  • (5 out of 5 stars)
Amazing so easy to follow. Have knitted this cardigan for my two nieces. Thinking nobody else in Australia has a cardigan like this one. Yeha

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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