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Donal child's aran sweater and hat - knitting pattern

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    • 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

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    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.

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    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