Garbhan infant aran sweater - knitting pattern

This tiny sweater features Celtic knotwork, and has buttons on the shoulder which makes it easy to get on an off a squirming infant. (There are no buttonholes, simply push the small buttons through the fabric). Ideal for little boys or girls. Garbhan, pronounced Gar-van, is an Irish name meaning “little rough one” – ideal for an everyday sweater which will take a lot of rough play! The actual garment measures 20, 22 or 24 inches around at the chest. There are five pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. Cotton 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 knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Bernat Handcrafter Cotton 3 (4, 5) balls, each : 1.75 oz / 50 g, 80 yd / 73 m - or any yarn that will give you the gauge required.
* Straight knitting needles: sizes 3.25 mm (U.K. 10, U.S. 3) and 4.00 mm (U.K. 8, U.S. 6) * Cable needle * Yarn needle for sewing up * 3 or 4 small 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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