Shannon Child's Jacket by Alice Starmore
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Shannon Child's Jacket

July 1994
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using 3¾mm (US5) needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
To fit age 5-6 (7-8) years

Pattern description from The Celtic Collection: “Fiery interlace dragons with floreated tails are engraved on the silver casing of the Clogan Oir (little bell of gold). The bell has long been associated with St Senan, who was the founder of the monastery of Scattery Island, in the estuary of the river Shannon in Ireland. For this child’s jacket, guaranteed to make an impact especially from behind, I used the dark expanse of the back to display the dramatic coulourful dragons. The fronts and sleeves are scattered with bright snowflake-type motifs.”

Knitted Measurements:

  • To fit age 5-6 (7-8) years
  • Underarm (buttoned) 76 (82) cm/30 (32½)“
  • Length from the top of shoulder 38 (40.5) cm/15 (16¼)“
  • Sleeve length 29 (31.5) cm/11½ (12½)“


  • Yarn: Rowan Lambswool Tweed; Donegal Tweed; Botany.
  • Main. Dark Ore Lambswool (183) 5 (6) 50g balls; A. Jade Botany (100) 25g; B. Turquoise Botany (528) 25g; C. Madder Red Botany (45) 25g; D. Rust Botany (26) 25g; E. Old Gold Botany (9) 25g; F. Green Gold Botany (405) 25g; G. Straw Botany (664) 25g; H. Juniper Donegal (482) 25g; I. Leaf Donegal (481) 25g; J. Roseberry Donegal (480) 25g; K. Cinnamon Donegal (479) 25g.
  • 1 Pair each 3¼mm (US3) and 3¾mm (US5) needles.
  • Stitch markers.
  • 1 Darner.
  • 5 Buttons.

This lovely intarsia picture of two intertwined dragons graces the back of this front-buttoning pattern with a shawl collar.