Wee sweater with button placket

I’ve been holding off on posting about it publicly, but once I saw the pictures from our de-stash party I figured I could start telling folks that I’m pregnant.  Dan and I are expecting our first child this June, a boy, and we’re super excited.

It’s a little strange making baby things before the baby arrives, and even stranger before you know the sex of the baby.  I’ve been itching to make tiny sweaters and teenie hats, and I’ve been creating a strange little stockpile of knit and crochet garments, blankets, accessories, everything under the sun.  I wasn’t really into the pink-vs.-blue struggle, though, since I wasn’t much of a pink-focused kid growing up. Even now that we know we’re having a boy, I keep piling up projects in gender neutral colors.

I love the colors that we picked for City Tweed – the merino and alpaca are dyed different colors and then combined, and the depth of shade you get from this technique is amazing.  It’s also a great place to start looking for fantastic unisex color options.  For this little sweater, I used just over 3 skeins of City Tweed DK in Enchanted.  

The pattern is the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover from Joelle Hoverson’s fantastic book Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  The pattern is available through that Ravelry link as a free PDF, but I want to also recommend the full book as one of the best gift knitting books in my personal collection.  

Also, I wanted to give a shout-out to my local Portland, OR fabric store, Bolt, for these fantastic buttons.  The little goat/tree/house scene just kills me every time I see it!