This is the first piece of clothing that I've made for my baby girl. It's also the first piece of clothing I've ever knitted. All of my other projects have been squares or rectangles -- i.e., no increasing or decreasing or any beyond-the-basics techniques. This tunic sweater was one of the models on display in the Phildar section of the haberdashery department at Le Bon Marché. If you bought a skein of yarn, you received the pattern for free.
I knit this up last summer while still pregnant and really enjoyed the whole process. This is primarily because I had images of my yet unborn daughter wearing it come winter. But it was also because the pattern was simple, yet it allowed me to learn some new techniques. After doing it, I feel more confident about branching out from the scarf / blanket territory I've been roaming since I started knitting.
Individual pieces blocked and waiting to be assembled
While knitting this tunic, I was also able to catch up on some movie-watching I'd been wanting to do for some time -- specifically, the type of movies the man in my life refuses to watch with me. I knitted and purled my way through Marie Antoinette, The Sound of Music, Sabrina, ...yes, I'm a slow knitter (+ I have to say I find this fuzzy, non-stretch yarn a bit tricky to knit)... Beaches and the better part of a day-long webcast of the Swedish crown princess' wedding nuptuals (yep, you read that right). All in all, it was a very pleasant way to pass the time.