I learned to knit in October of 2005.  Of course my first project was a scarf, although I quickly moved on to other projects.  My sister-in-law was pregnant with the first boy of the family, and knowing other family members were making baby blankets, I decided on a sweater.  I just love Debbie Bliss patterns for children.  I selected the cute Hooded Sweater from Debbie Bliss’s book Special Knits using her Cashmerino Aran in 502.  It was such a hit, I’ve since made 2 others for friends kids.  I knit the second one with modifications.  I changed the yarn to Berroco’s Cotton Twist  in color 8357 (a cotton/rayon blend) and added a seed stitch border to the bottom and sleeves. I also purled a square  in the middle to which I  attached a crochet flower.  Just perfect for a little girl.  This last one also had modifications to the yarn and pattern. 

I used Cascade’s Pima Tencel in color 1693, for a little boy of course.  I added a simple purl border to the bottom and sleeves.  This time I hand stitched the outline of a sailboat across the chest (it matches the hand painted clothes hanger).  By the way, I embellished the wood hanger as part of the baby shower gift.

The pattern is very easy to knit, and such a sweet gift.  I had fun with all the modifications which kept each project fresh.  I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over.  I’ll upload pictures of the other two sweaters soon.