My niece recently gave birth to a baby girl and I knitted Milo for her, an adorable vest from Australian designer Georgie Hallam, available as a Ravelry download for less than five dollars. The pattern includes sizes newborn through 4. I knitted the six month size so that the new baby will get at least a few months of wear out of her handknit vest.
Milo is a great beginner pattern, as it is knit in the round on sixteen inch circulars and provides a healthy mix of garter and stockinette, with a cable running down the left front. Hallam provides instructions for four different cable options. However, this is a bare-bones, easily adaptable pattern - you could insert the cable or pattern of your choice or forego the cable in favor of stripes, colorwork or simple stockinette.
For this project, I chose Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK Undyed in Ecru. Although we are nearly sold out, Sally has reordered all of the Sheep Breeds DK colorways for the fall. Alternatively, we have plenty of Organic Wool Naturally Dyed, which I also highly recommend. Or, you could try another great Rowan yarn: Superwash Pure Wool DK. Or, some Madelinetosh. Or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. There are many DK yarn options in the shop - both handwash and superwash - and we would be happy to show you some options.
And, since you are knitting for a baby or child, you have a bit of leeway regarding size and gauge. I love this sweater so much and it was so fast (four days, start to finish), easy and adaptable, I plan to size it up to fit my five year-old son and use some worsted or aran - maybe Ella Rae Classic or Cascade 220. I will be sure to share the results. I am sure that this was only the first of many Milos to come.