My boss's daughter recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, so naturally, I took the time to make a little something for the new baby. By chance, as I was sorting through my craft supplies, I came across two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun that my mother had sent to me when I first started to knit. It would produce an easy-care, machine washable garment...perfect for a new mom who'll be too busy (and sleep deprived) to worry about hand-washing.
I did a quick search on Ravelry to see what baby garments other people whipped up using the yarn. Baby, it's cold outside was a pretty popular pattern, and the original yarn called for by the designer was Homespun. I was able to put two and two together.
The finished baby jacket is thick and plush; it will definitely do a good job of insulating the little one from the winter cold in 4-6 months.
I decided not to go with the option of making crochet buttons; I went to the M&J Trimming store and spent a long time browsing the buttons. I was about to give up when I caught a glimplse of these gorgeous purple and black square buttons out of the corner of my eye. Yay. I love it when everything works out. (Btw, this is totally unrelated, but I think I'm developing a "thing" for buttons. Looking at all the styles makes me so happy.)
I still had some purple yarn left over, so I decided to crochet a matching hat. I basically followed this pattern for a baby derby hat, omitting the popcorn stitches on top and starting with a 10 dc ring instead of 15. For the extra little girly touch, I whipped up a quick little flower to decorate the band.
So when winter comes, however cold it may be outside, baby Olivia will be prepared.