I'm always looking for fun knits for my grandsons and I recently found this really fantastic pattern on Ravelry for wee ones. Of course it is a unisex design, but boy oh boy, it sure fits the bill for a little man's sweater.
The pattern is Abate by Alicia Plummer. It is so well written that I didn't ever.. not once.. question what I was doing on each and every step. It is knit top down in the round so there is very little seaming. And it has the best underarm attachment that I have done to date.
I would definitely recommend this pattern if you need to make a sweater for kids.
I knit up this one for my Grandson Gavin that just turned 3 last June. I used Vanna's Choice Acrylic and it came out soft and snuggly, just like Gavin.
I liked the pattern so much, I did another for my other Grandson Warren, who just turned 7 this past May. I did a little modification and added some textured design around the chest. For this one, I used (GASP!!) Red Heart with Love acrylic. Now, I am a huge yarn snob and usually won't allow Red Heart in my house, much less knit with it. But, after constant complaining from the mothers about the inability to wash and wear, I caved and bought some. I am actually quite surprised that it didn't squeak on the needles and it is much softer than the regular Red Heart.
Anyway, the pattern is FANTASTIC and I will probably make it again with some modifications. Definitely a great skeleton pattern to build your creativity!
Keep your needles clicking ♥