One of my favorite coworkers up and had a baby girl a few months ago. Before she went on maternity leave, I was busy with knitting Josephine
for my friend's wedding. So, I had planned to have a baby sweater done before she returned to work. She, sillily enough, returned on the date she had told me she was going to return and not the next month, when I had foolishly told myself she was returning. Since knitting and I had been "taking a break," I had nothing prepared for her daughter.
I found for her daughter the lovely Peapod Baby Sweater
pattern from IK. 10 days later, it was all done.
Yarn: I subbed Rowan Cashcotton DK for the Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere. One benefit is that 50g is a huge amount more yardage, so what would've been a $40 sweater--on sale--was instead a $15 sweater, and left me with enough yarn left over for a pair of Fetching
(yes I know it's cotton, but they'll be so pretty and mmmm mmmm soft, even if they are completely useless).
Needles: OMG I got gauge with the recommended size 5 needles. I *never* get gauge with the recommended needles.
Modifications: None on purpose. I did the 12 month size so the baby would have room to grow into it. My first attempt at the buttonhole row somehow left me with the correct number of sts but no buttonhole. I didn't notice until about 5 rows later, so all my buttons are above where they should be. I actually like the effect of having a button in the collar: it makes the sweater look more like a little baby Nehru Jacket. This should not be a Good Thing™ but it is.
The Best Part: The amazingly sweet snail buttons I used.
I was also going to do the hat that goes along with, but for the first time ever, I actually twisted the piece when I joined in the round. My gauge was also scarily off in the round (usually my gauge flat is pretty similar to in the round). So, I decided that since my coworker didn't know I was going to make a hat I didn't *have* to make a hat. Sometimes it's good to be a quitter.