My second baby sweater is complete! This one is the "Bulky Baby Bibbed Pullover" from The Domestic Sphere (scroll down, you'll see it), only I knit it with Coats and Clark's TLC Cotton Plus which is a worsted weight cotton/acrylic blend, not a bulky yarn, so I had to do some calculating to make it work. It took less than two skeins of the yarn - it looks like there should be enough left for another hat. The original is in garter stitch, but I knit this in stockinette with a seed stitch bottom border, cuffs, and bib panel cuz I am a complete sucker for seed stitch on baby clothes. This is what it looked like after it was knit up, but before it was finished . The hat is from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson. This was my first time knitting with DPNS - and I can't believe how easy and quick this hat was! But here's a hint if you decide to adjust the pattern to fit your yarn's weight and gauge: make sure you end up with an even number of eyelets to thread the I-cord through! (Good thing nobody had to tell me that, cough cough.)
Other firsts for this project: first time knitting an object with "moving parts" (that grafted on bib), first time making an I-cord, first time knitting a garment with buttons and button-holes. The above photo shows the sweater before being blocked. Contrary to how it looks, the bib is actually centered in the piece. This project has really boosted my newbie knitting confidence level, and I may soon feel ready to try out better yarns and bigger projects.
This ensemble is a gift for a co-worker friend and his wife who are expecting their second child this month.
By the way, Kristi Porter, the designer of this baby sweater, is also the designer of Haiku, a baby sweater pattern that definitely has my attention even if the bib sweater edged it out of the queue.