This gorgeous Aran pattern is named “Liam” after Annmarie’s cousin’s son who the family lost to meningitis 10 years ago aged 13. His first nephew is due in October and she has already knitted this for him coming into the world and her feedback was she didn’t want to stop knitting it as she enjoyed it so much.
My Irish roots have inspired my love of the Aran style of knitting and I have introduced a modern twist to my creations.
Size Guide: The pattern for a Hat and Jacket has instructions to to fit 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest and the end product is larger as it is a jacket. This would suit someone fairly new to knitting as cables are very straight forward. By extending the length of the arms and the body on the largest size, it would easily fit a 3 year old.
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.
Katie McKeating (verified owner) –
Fab pattern easy to follow instructions for a knitter who hasn’t knitted in a long time have just ordered another 2 patterns got the knitting bug again thank you Donna x
Oh wow, that is brilliant to hear Katie xx
Chriss ann Middleton (verified owner) –
All your patterns are gorgeous, have finished church bay and now on Liam,very easy to do,thank you x
Mary Plunkett (verified owner) –
This is a lovely pattern to knit. It is a simple pattern to do and would be great for someone who’s not used to cable.
Alexandra Docherty (verified owner) –
Since discovering Donna’s patterns I have knitted Liam twice and have some beautiful Teal wool ready to begin a third. It is gorgeous knitted in traditional Aran cream but also in more vibrant colours. It is an easy pattern to follow but I’m beginning to realise that it is the way the patterns are written that make them easy to follow. I’ve looked at some of my aunt’s old patterns and they just turn me off as they look so difficult and confusing.
I love when I hear this Alexandra as it is exactly what I try to achieve. I spend a lot of time trying to fine tune the instructions to make them as simple as possible so more people can enjoy beautiful cables as much as I do. Once you see how I actually lay out my instructions I think people realise they are a piece of cake – well most of them anyway – Mary Anne McGroarty is one of the trickier ones (but I do advise people of that) xx
annie.wayne06 (verified owner) –
I knitted the Iiam pattern and love love it.
But then I love all the patterns. Slowly building up my collection. The patterns are easy to follow and beautiful.
Annmarie Casey (verified owner) –
Loved knitting this pattern so easy to knit have ordered 4 more and can’t wait to start them.
Joy James (verified owner) –
Enjoyed making this for a sweet boy. It is a beautiful pattern and easy to follow. Can’t wait to make another one! It’s just so hard to decide which one to make next, I love them all.
Claire Burke (verified owner) –
Love this pattern So easy and quick to knit
Margaret Wharton (verified owner) –
Glad I found your page. All the patterns I have done have turned out beautiful. Liam pattern is easy to follow and turns out lovely. Would definitely recommend this pattern!
b4rsue (verified owner) –
love this pattern now onto 3rd time doing it, easy to understand as is all the patterns i have bought Great site. Keep up the good work Donna and team. 5 star rating
beverley margison (verified owner) –
done this cutie alot lovely for a boy or girl and so easy and fast to knitt I’ve never had one pattern that I don’t love doing .if I could I would give them 10 stars 🌟
knitters paradise 😘
Awww, thank you xx
nardia.grant (verified owner) –
I’m a beginner knitter and never used a cable needle or knitted cable before so was not sure I could do this but have knitted it twice now and both have turned out great. Love this pattern.
KAREN COLBECK (verified owner) –
My favourite pattern-so far. Quick knit and good instructions.
Annmarie Manson –
Thank you, Karen, glad you enjoyed it. Annmarie
Aisling Burke (verified owner) –
This is such a lovely pattern. The instructions are very clear. I’m very much a novice knitter but I’m learning so much from Donna’s patterns.
Oh really, that’s fantastic to hear – Donna xx
halladaysharon (verified owner) –
Very easy pattern to follow. Donna’s pattern instructions are the easiest I have found to follow. Love them all
Caroline Franielczyk (verified owner) –
Loved this pattern, knitted up quickly and looks so effective… made as a gift and was very well recieved.
Great to hear xx