Easy Pattern for new baby?

Hi all,

I have a friend who is due with her first baby in April. I want to make something, but I don’t know what! Can anyone recommend a relatively easy pattern for booties, hat, sweater, or blanket? I’ve mastered knitting and purling, but I haven’t gone too far beyond that. Also, I’m able to knit in the round on circs, but not on DPNs…yet!

Also, does anyone have any yarn recommendations? I :heart: my LYS, but they barely have any baby yarn, so I’ll need to go somewhere less familiar to find some.

Thanks!!

Here’s a few. Also check Knitting Pattern Central.
Sweaters:
Quickie Baby Sweater - pdf
Quick Baby Sweater

Booties:
Seamless booties

Yarn will depend on what the pattern recommends, but something soft and washable. There are a million choices, but here’s a few.
Bernat Softee Baby
Bernat Cottontots
Red Heart SOFT baby
Caron Simply Soft - various choices

thumbless baby mittens are quick and easy. i can’t find the pattern i used though. as for the yarn you can get Caron Simply Soft at Hobby Lobby and probably Michaels too.

i’m doing this one now: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60241.html?noImages=0

it’s all garter stich with yarn overs knit on a diagonal.

Thanks all!