Fiachra baby and toddler cardigan - knitting pattern

This is a sweet baby cardigan, ideal for the new little boy or girl in your life. It looks good in pastels or strong colours. The front bands are made separately, so you can knit the cardigan before the baby arrives and sew the bands on at the last minute – unless you already know the gender, of course. Fiachra is pronounced fee-ack-rah, and means “raven,” although some sources state the meaning to be “saint.” There are six 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 - actual cardigan chest measures: 16 (18, 20½) inches
  • Suitable for experienced knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Hayfield Pretty Baby Pastels double knitting, 3 x 50g (or any double knitting yarn) * Straight knitting needles: 3.25mm (U.K. 10, U.S. 3) and 3mm (U.K. 11, U.S. 2) * Cable needle * Yarn needle for sewing up * Stitch holders or spare needles * 5 (6, 7) buttons

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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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