Mammy’s Love


This was the first Aran pattern I ever created. I am incredibly proud of the design particularly as it is named after my own Mammy!  Since then, we have sold tens of thousands of copies of this now-renowned knitting pattern.


This pattern contains instructions for a Jacket and Traditional Hat to fit 16″, 18″, 20″ and 22″ chest – remember that 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.

Mammy’s Love is an Aran Knitting Pattern available to purchase in PDF form for immediate download or to have printed and posted to you for a flat fee of £2.95 (UK) to cover postage and packaging – so you’re always best ordering a couple of patterns together!  We post worldwide – charges are based on UK Royal Mail costs.

  • 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 professionally in full colour on 90gsm silk paper.  Patterns are sent 1st Class Royal Mail delivery in an A4 presentation folder and each one is wrapped in a protective sleeves to ensure they arrive to you in the best possible condition and can be stored easily!


Mammy’s Love was the first pattern I ever designed and it is so close to my heart!  Dedicated to my mother, the hearts represent my love for her.  She is a lady in the truest sense of the word and my heart was broken when she passed away in March 2021. We spent her last year living in the family home and despite lockdown, we toddled along through life the best we could.  She is the best mother I could ever have wished for despite having a very hard life.  She had five children which she brought up alone but we never felt we were from a single parent family because she worked hard to meet all our needs and a lot of our wants.  There was a lot of fighting among us all as you can imagine but we had a lot of laughs!

Christmas was a really special time, everyone came to us and I remember mum having fourteen around the table one year.  She was one of those personalities that people are drawn to; she would never break a promise, never lie, protect secrets and gave so many people such practical advice.  I adored the bones of her and will miss her strong and quiet presence for as long as I live.

To compliment this pattern, I designed a blanket called Sheila a few years later, again incorporating the hearts!

My Irish roots have inspired my love 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 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.  Where possible, always measure the child prior to starting your project for a bespoke fit.

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17 reviews for Mammy’s Love

  1. Pam Clarke (verified owner)

    Love this pattern the instructions are really easy to follow it looks gorgeous when made

  2. Margaret Holms (verified owner)

    I love this pattern. I am now onto my 5 th one with another 2 to go

  3. Karen Dalgliesh (verified owner)

    Love it x

  4. Tina Figoni (verified owner)

    Amazing pattern easy to knit and easy to follow and it knits up lovely will definitely be making a lot of these

  5. Margaret MacKenzie (verified owner)

    Cannot wait to knit this up. Lovely pattern.

  6. gail taylor (verified owner)

    I have had the pattern on my list of “to do” for a while and now it has been done. The instructions were clear to follow and once the first block of pattern was complete it was very relaxing to complete. The finished product is just what I expected from Donna and I can,t wait to start the next one on my list,

  7. Margaret MacKenzie (verified owner)

    I knitted this for my grandson and I love it. So easy to follow. Beautiful when finished. Live it so much I am just about to do another one.

  8. beverley margison (verified owner)

    Aww this is one of my favourite knits everyone loves it .finding Donna and her amazing team as truly got me back into my knitting groove amazing patterns help always at hand .so get on board you won’t be sorry .

    • admin

      It is Annmaries favourite pattern too and thank you for the lovely feedback xx

  9. Kirsty Hartland (verified owner)

    Again the pattern is easy to follow and looks so cosy.

  10. KAREN COLBECK (verified owner)

    I downloaded the pattern and didn’t attempt straight away but once I started the pattern was simpler than it looked and so easy to follow.

    • Annmarie Manson (verified owner)

      This is my favourite pattern, Karen! Thank you for your review. Annmarie

  11. Shona Close (verified owner)

    This is a really lovely pattern.It’s very well written which makes it easy to follow and the finished item is just gorgeous.I can see myself knitting quite a few of these for both girls and boys,the style is so versatile.

    • admin

      Thank you Shona, a massive favourite in the team, especially Annmarie. I have emailed you – Donna xx

  12. Ann Kelly (verified owner)

    I don’t have babies to knit for but I purchased this pattern. Just because I liked it. It is very easy to follow and I loved knitting it. Well done donna

  13. Stephanie Valente (verified owner)

    Love this beautiful pattern, I’m sure I’ll be making it many times! Easy to follow and knits up quickly

  14. Doreen Brookes (verified owner)

    Love this pattern, I knit it for a friends baby and she loves it. She recently sent me a photo of her little girl wearing it and says she gets compliments every time she goes anywhere in it.

  15. Ausrey King (verified owner)

    My first favorite pattern from Designs by Donna. As an experienced knitter the pattern was easy to follow, true to size and turned out beautifully. As I knit to supplement my income Designs by Donna are a go to for me. My customers can’t get enough and I am constantly knitting two or three all the time in order to have them readily available. Thanks Donna. Keep up the good works.

  16. quine9 (verified owner)

    Love this pattern the hats are so cute

  17. janette.adamson (verified owner)

    Excellent pattern.
    My go to pattern.
    Beautiful pattern to knit, straight forward instructions. I don’t know if it’s the knitting patterns or Donna’s stories behind the patterns. Either way it’s a
    Stunning pattern.

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