I absolutely adored creating this pattern and gained so much satisfaction watching it evolve as I was knitting. This story is a bit different in how this creation came about. A little boy called Calum was born in Donegal in January 2019 with a very rare heart defect. My sister Tracy made me aware and asked would I like to donate some knits for him. As always, the lovely ladies on my Facebook page rallied round and I was able to post a sizeable package to him.
I also wanted to raise some funds so I decided to put an offer of designing, knitting and naming a pattern for the winner of a raffle (essentially the first bespoke pattern creation)
A lovely lady called Margo won and she wished it to be named after her grandson PJ. What made this even more special was I have knitted for PJ from birth and watched him grow, receiving regular updates and pics from Margo. I hope you approve PJ!
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 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 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.