“Drake’s Pool”  is a simple but very effective Aran cable pattern.  It has been designed for beginners looking for a little bit of a challenge but interesting enough to keep more experienced knitters engaged.  This pattern contains instructions for a Jacket and Traditional hat to fit 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest and the end product is larger as it is a jacket.  By extending the length of the arms and body on the largest size, it would easily fit a 3/4 year old.

Drakes Pool 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.



“Drake’s Pool” has been named after a tranquil and absolutely stunning area between Crosshaven and Carrigaline in Co Cork.  The story of Drake’s Pool is on the pattern and another of the areas I love to vistit.

My Irish roots have inspired my love of the Aran style of knitting and I have introduced a modern twist to my creations.  Experience is required to knit this pattern.

Size Guide:  The pattern for a Hat and Jacket has instructions to fit 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest and the end product is larger as it is a jacket.  By extending the length of the arms and body on the largest size, it would easily fit a 3/4 year old.  Always measure the child prior to starting your project.

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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6 reviews for DRAKES POOL

  1. Julia Turner (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed knitting this one. It was much easier than I imagined. Well done again for Donna’s skills in designing.
    Patterns are so easy to follow.

  2. Julia Turner (verified owner)

    Just had to post this. Really easy knit, ideal for beginners in Aran. This one for my great granddaughter

  3. Maire Hayes (verified owner)

    Loved knitting this pattern. Made it in 2 sizes for my friend’s 3yr old and 6mts old grandkids in the US. So easy to follow.

  4. Diane Russell (verified owner)

    Just finished this beautiful little Aran set so easy and quick to knit up, will definitely do this one again

    • admin

      Thanks again Diane – Donna xx

  5. Michelle Cooper (verified owner)

    My first attempt at cable knitting and I found this pattern easy to follow and a joy to knit. Really pleased with the finished product. A great pattern to get you started with cable knitting. I also love the finishing touch of Donna’s Snug as a Bug wooden buttons.

  6. KAREN COLBECK (verified owner)

    A beautiful fast knit and only really 2 out of 6 rows of pattern. Effective in any colour.

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