Niamh girls cardigan - knitting pattern

This little cardigan has a loose fit with no ribbing whatsoever. The button and buttonhole bands are worked right in with the front pieces, so no sewing up is required (do check the note below on buttonholes, though). You can amend the length of the body and sleeves if you wish, and also increase the number of rows on the collar. Niamh, pronounced “Neev” means “bright” or “radiant.” Niamh was the name of the daughter of the Irish god of the sea, and also one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth.

Actual Measurements: Chest measurement: 20 (22, 24)” Length from back of neck to hem (adjustable): 10 (11, 12)” Sleeve length from underarm to cuff (adjustable): 6 (6½, 7)”

There are six pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. 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 intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Red Heart Comfort Sport, 12.35oz (350g) per ball, 1144yds (1050m) – I used 110 (120, 130) g * Knitting needles: 4mm (8 UK, 6 US) and 3.5mm (10 UK, 3 US) * Cable needle * Spare needles or stitch holders * Yarn needle for sewing up * 5 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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