This pattern contains instructions for a Poncho and Hat to fit 6 months to 7 years approx.  This poncho is made in two rectangular pieces and joined together.  Because there is no shaping and it is an 8 row repeat it should be fairly straight forward for a beginner.

Donegal is an Aran Knitting Pattern available to purchase in PDF form for immediate download or to have printed and posted to you (UK only) for a flat fee of £2.95 to cover postage and packaging – so you’re always best ordering a couple of patterns together!


  • PDF downloads are available immediately after purchase and can be printed off on your own printer if you desire; links are valid for 7 days.
  • Printed & Posted patterns are printed in full colour on 120gsm office paper.  Patterns are sent 1st Class Royal Mail delivery in hard-backed envelopes and protective sleeves to ensure they arrive to you in the best possible condition.



Donegal in Southern Ireland are where my family are from.  My father was born in Killygordon and Mammy Castlefinn.  All my childhood summers were spent at “The Cross” and when knitting this poncho I remember granny telling me a story…….

My Irish roots have inspired my love of the Aran style of knitting and I have introduced a modern twist to my creations.  This pattern is suitable for a beginner comfortable with cables and was updated 24.05.2021.

Size Guide:  The pattern for a Poncho and Hat has instructions to fit 6 months – 7 years. That hat is designed for either one or two pompoms.  Embellishments have been handmade by Allison.

Wool & yarn recommendation…

I often get asked which wool I use and who my yarn supplier is!  For this knit I have used Stylecraft Special Aran which I selected for its softness, it is very gentle on a baby’s skin.  There are over 88 different shades available through LoveCrafts, who are my preferred yarn and wool supplier.  (Spend over £25 to get free P&P and sign up their newsletter for 15% off your first order!)… I would also recommend Paintbox Aran for this pattern.

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38 reviews for Donegal

  1. Doreen Pool (verified owner)

    Beautiful patterns and very easy to follow I am working on this poncho pattern for my two wee granddaughters at the moment they can’t wait till they are done, I’m really enjoying knitting this

  2. Fiona Richmond (verified owner)

    Quick and easy shopping experience, I chose the pdf option and the pattern was available immediately, the patterns themselves are fab , very well written and easy to follow , my granddaughter absolutely loves her poncho , thank you x

  3. JAN Tizard (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved making this pattern it is so easy to follow and makes.up very quickly..the pdf download is delivered instantly and ready to print witheasy to follow instructions so you can get creative. Fantastic service as always .

  4. Janet Leckie (verified owner)

    Loved knitting this pattern found it a bit tricky making it up but when I figured it out it was so easy ❤️

  5. Janet Leckie (verified owner)

    Loved knitting this it was so quick and easy to follow❤️

  6. Rosie Lavery (verified owner)

    have knitted this but simply CANNOT work out how to put it together! HELP!

    • admin

      Annmarie will be pulling a video together shortly. In the meantime, I shall send you a diagram through email and some instructions xx

  7. liz.ludington (verified owner)

    Beautiful design and easily adaptable to any size. Loving all the designs and will be buying more

  8. liz.ludington (verified owner)

    LOVE the design and it’s easily adaptable to any size.

  9. Jackie Hope (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, so easy to do and versatile as can put lots of different finishing touches to it to make it extra special

  10. Mary McGHEE (verified owner)

    Easy to knit and the first Aran pattern I’ve done for a few years. Like riding a bike. Ideal too for wearing in a car seat where bulky jackets are now considered unsafe.

  11. Anne Oakes (verified owner)

    Done this as a first time user of patterns and was surprised at how easy to follow the pattern was, lead me to buying man more patterns

  12. clairehornegold (verified owner)

    I have only recently found Donna’s designs & i am currently knitting the beautiful Donegal. I’ve found the pattern easy to follow and so far it’s looking beautiful as it’s knitting up.
    I can’t wait to finish.

  13. Karen Cooke (verified owner)

    Help was only a message away. Lovely pattern, great end result. Will purchase more in future.

  14. Jane Trupp (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved this pattern I’ve done three so far for my friends granddaughter they loved it such easy read patterns very efficient and lovely help to get me back in to my account

    • admin

      Thank you Jane – Donna xx

  15. Elizabeth Leneve (verified owner)

    Loving this pattern, added some extra stitches to fit my grand daughter who is nearly 7, can’t wait for it to be finished

  16. Elizabeth Leneve (verified owner)

    Finished article can’t wait for my granddaughter to try it on excellent pattern, finished with a crocheted edge in white teddy bear yarn

  17. brendareilly (verified owner)

    A hot favourite of mine. I finished with maribou feather instead of fringes.

    • admin

      Absolutely stunning xx

  18. Jane Trupp (verified owner)

    Another one done absolutely love this pattern so easy to follow

  19. Linda Brown (verified owner)

    Beautiful pattern easy to knit.

  20. rosslynn8 (verified owner)

    Love doing this pattern you can let your mind go wild when adding finishing touches

  21. rosslynn8 (verified owner)

    An another Donegal

  22. Beverley McPhee (verified owner)

    Another one of Donna’s patterns that I loved knitting. My granddaughter absolutely loves it she never has it off. Such an easy knit to do and so easy to follow.

  23. Colette Doyle (verified owner)

    I truly love this pattern and have knit it several times. Was asked to knit for twins. The pattern is easy to follow and a joy to knit.

  24. Aisling Burke (verified owner)

    A very cozy set. The pattern is clear and easy to follow.

  25. Frances Turner (verified owner)

    I found this quite easy to knit. Enjoyed it and decided to put fringe on it. My first ever attempt but reasonably happy with the result. Used a faux fur pom-pom on the hat.

  26. Sandy Vernon (verified owner)

    I love this pattern, so easy to do even for a beginner like me, I’ve made 3 of these now 🥰

  27. beverley margison (verified owner)

    this is a fantastic site there Patterns are so easy to follow and truly lovely to knit and not over priced.
    plus the Facebook page for all customers to join is brilliant we can get help talk about are favourites and lots more .
    Well done lady’s your amazing at what you do 😘❤

    • admin

      Thank you Beverley. We like to think of the Facebokk page as our wee knitting family xx

  28. Sarah Fitzsimmons (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this pattern I have already knitted a few up, a lovely simple pattern to follow with amazing results. Love how everyone has posted pictures of their projects on the group and talks with each other.

  29. tangriggs9 (verified owner)

    This has to be my favourite pattern done it for my goddaughters and they look beautiful

  30. KAREN COLBECK (verified owner)

    This was my first Donna download. So easy to knit – with no shaping on the poncho so once you have the cable sorted it’s quick too.

    • Annmarie Manson (verified owner)

      Thank you, Karen. Annmarie

  31. tanyahaynes63 (verified owner)

    Loved knitting this for my granddaughter but I can’t work out how to sew it up. Please help

    • admin

      There is a video on Facebook page and youtube and thank you xx

  32. Diane Russell (verified owner)

    Only bought this pattern a couple of weeks ago, and already addicted to it, done 7 sets, so easy to follow, love it, already bought loads more Aran wool to continue

    • admin

      Wow, thats impressive!! Very much appreciated xx

  33. Deborah Grimshaw (verified owner)

    A beautiful poncho to knit. The instruction video to sew up is very clear. I love knitting this set.

  34. Tracy Jenkinson (verified owner)

    Beautiful pattern. I love knitting this

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  36. Susan Davies (verified owner)

    One of my favourite DBD patterns. It knits up quickly and it’s so easy to change the look just by adding fringes or a separate pattern panel. Stunning

    • admin

      Thank you Susan. Yeah Donegal is a huge hit with customers xx

  37. tracyleeworthy (verified owner)

    Loved doing this poncho it’s easy to follow and looks amazing. Bit tricky when putting together but figured it out

    • admin

      There is a video Annmarie made to show how to construct togethe on main FB page xx

  38. debbie.sunshine1961 (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern I knitted it in a lovely teal yarn.

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