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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Patrick: An Irish Lad

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Patrick: An  Irish Lad
Patrick: An  Irish Lad
Patrick: An  Irish Lad
Patrick: An  Irish Lad
Patrick: An  Irish Lad

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cable knitting
  • working multiple charts/stitch patterns at once

Pattern Description:

Have you ever noticed how few really cute sweaters there are for boys? Well, this one makes up for that dearth of designs.

This boy's jacket, filled with traditional Irish knit stitches, is for the rough'n'tumble boy - knit in washable worsted wool, the jacket is a sampler of cables, knit-purl combinations and the ubiquitous seed stitch. The style is a dropped shoulder and is knit in one piece to the underarm, with the sleeves knit down from the armholes and the buttonhole-band worked as you go ... this is not only a fun knit but also has minimal finishing. By the way, if you don't fancy buttoning and unbuttoning, only un-button the top two or three buttons and slip the sweater over the child's head.

Pattern is written for 2T (with changes for sizes 4T, 6, 8 and 10 in parentheses) so that you can make one for each of the boys in your life, whether they're Irish or not!
If you'd like to make this sweater for your little Colleen, just switch the buttonholes to the right side and you're good to go.


larger needles over seed stitch, 22s and 30r = 4"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 2T (25") - 10 (32")

You Will Also Need:

  • US #7 circular (24")
  • US #4 dpns
  • eleven 5/8" buttons
  • cable needle