Our little Botterbean is due to make its world debut in early November - straight into an English winter - so it'll be needing some little woollens to keep it snug.
Apart from a few granny squares, this is my first proper crochet project since learning to crochet a few months back. It is this pattern, although rather than getting lost trying to follow the pattern myself, I stitched along to this video. It's handy having someone show you what to do (although the sound does get annoyingly quiet at the sleeve stage). I think this is a great style, it's simple and stylish with its asymmetrical front and it isn't bogged down in all the froufrou you often get with baby clothes.
The yarn is acrylic, but very soft and is made up of strands of blue and green giving a bit of a tweedy effect. It says on the pattern that this cardigan is for 6-9months, but I wanted 0-3months, so I used a smaller hook (4mm) and it seems to have turned out the right sort of size.
I stitched the body of the cardigan on sunday (until an onset of claw-hand forced me to stop) and I did the sleeves and finishing off on monday evening.
It's all a bit wonky, one of the sleeves is a bit bulgy and the edges aren't quite straight, but it has two sleeves, a neck hole and functioning buttons, so I'm counting it as a success!
I will definitely make this little cardigan again (hopefully improving each time!) I think this pattern would work very well in stripes...