The pattern contains instructions for a Waistcoat and Peaked Cap to fit 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest.  Measure baby to ensure you are knitting appropriate size as all babies vary.

Granda 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.


My granda wore a cap his entire adult life and we still have one of them. Like Mammy, he had a magnificent posture and loved to wear a waistcoat too so seemed appropriate I named this pattern after him. Inspired by Peaky Blinders, this Aran knit captures the style from that era. Super cute, this is also suitable for a girl.

My Irish roots have inspired my love of the Aran style of knitting and I have introduced a modern twist to my creations.  Some experience is required to knit this beautiful pattern and it is suitable for a boy or girl.

Size Guide:  The pattern for a Hat and Waistcoat has instructions to ft 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest.

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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9 reviews for Granda

  1. gail taylor (verified owner)

    Having gathered a good collection of patterns by Donna I decided that Granda had to be a “must” for my little Irish grandsons. I am so delighted with the result and so is their mummy.
    The instructions were so easy to follow and every piece came together perfectly. The hats were great fun to knit and as long as you read all the instructions carefully before you start they will pose no problem. I made two of then in navy blue because “Granda” wears a lot of navy blue. I think I will be doing the again in other colours!

  2. Sue James (verified owner)

    Can’t help myself, had to buy another one of Donna’s fantastic patterns. so well written and many of them are easy to knit. This one with it’s cap will look very cute!

  3. Jane Trupp (verified owner)

    Just done this loved doing it what a lovely pattern

  4. gonetoyuma (verified owner)

    Loved doing up this pattern! Easy to follow instructions and so cute!

  5. Jane Trupp (verified owner)

    Lovely easy pattern to follow loved doing this

  6. murphyjoy69 (verified owner)

    I love this design. The pattern (and cable) is so super easy and I made the smaller version then was asked to make it in a bigger size for a customer. To my delight the larger sizes are just as easy to keep the pattern right. I’ll be making this in other colours soon.

  7. mcintyre2.bonsyde (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern. Instructions easy to follow

  8. Teresa Roberts (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed doing this pattern for my grandson. He looked so cute in the hat as well. East pattern to follow, thank you.

  9. Deborah Grimshaw (verified owner)

    I had fun making this. I couldn’t wait to see the end result. A friend of mine is waiting for her new grandson and immediately asked me if she could have it. She loves it so much. I struggled with the cap, when it came to the brim. However I never give up trying and I finally got it. It looked awesome 😎 The teal colour made it look as good as it does 😁

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