Donal child's aran sweater and hat - knitting pattern

This traditonal aran sweater and matching hat will be a warm and cosy addition to your little one’s wardrobe. Make it in cream for a completely traditional look, or in any colour to match your child’s personality. I used pure wool because I had just enough to make this set, but you may wish to use a washable yarn that will withstand messy playtime! Donal (pronounced Doe-nall) means “great chief” or “ruler of the world.” The actual garment measures 22, 24 or 26 inches around at the chest. There are six pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs of the sweater as it progresses. Worsted-weight 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
  • Written pattern (no chart)
  • Sizes are in inches, but supplies are in both imperial and metric
  • Actual Garment Measurements: Chest measurement: 22 (24, 26)” Length from back of neck to hem (adjustable): 14 (15½, 17)” Sleeve length from underarm to cuff (adjustable): 9 ½ (11, 12½)”
  • Suitable for experienced knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Wendy Traditional Aran, 100% wool, 500g (17.6oz), 842 yds – or similar yarn to achieve gauge * Knitting needles: one pair each 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7) and 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5 * Cable needle * Yarn needle for sewing up * Spare knitting needles, stitch holders, or lengths of contrasting-colour 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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