There's nothing like a tiny baby sweater to give a knitter a little ego boost – oohs and aahs are pretty much guaranteed.
Pattern: In Threes Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich
Yarn: madelintosh worsted, “Butter” colorway
Notes: A simple pattern with some nice details that make it special. I love the smocking effect around the garter stitch yoke created by the increases. This is knit from the top down in one piece which means minimal finishing (meaning you can whip one up at the eleventh hour in case it, um, slips your mind until a week before the shower….)
What really made this particular little cardigan special, though, is the yarn. Madelintosh is kitten soft, the colors are beautiful and complex and it's washable to boot. It's practical luxury. I had this stray skein in my stash (leftover from my Low Tide Ripples sweater) and it worked perfectly – just enough for the smallest size – so yay for successful knitting from the stash (smug).
The intended recipient arrived about a week after the shower; baby and parents are doing well.