Gavin baby and toddler aran sweater - knitting pattern

This is a cosy little sweater for the baby or toddler in your life, and would make a welcome present. It features a honeycomb centre flanked by lines of cables and the tree of life pointing heavenward. It has a left-shoulder opening, making it easy to get on and off, and will look great in pastels or strong colours alike. The name Gavin is from the Welsh Gwalchgwyn, which means "White Hawk" and evokes Sir Gawain of King Arthur's Round Table.

Actual measurements: Chest: 17 ¾ (19¼, 21¼)” Length from back of neck to hem: 11 (12, 13)” - adjustable Sleeve seam: 7½ (8½, 9½)” - adjustable

There are five pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. Double knitting yarn was used for the pictured garment - whatever brand you choose, please 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
  • Lorini double knitting acrylic yarn, 3 x 50g balls for each size
  • Knitting needles sizes 4mm (8 U.K., 6 U.S.) and 3.25mm (10 U.K., 3 U.S.)
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch holders or extra needles
  • Yarn needle for sewing up
  • 3 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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