I hate sewing seams, so I knew I wanted a top down shirt, but I also wanted to be able to slip it off and on easily over baby's head. This would require a placket.
Of course, I had to add a little design to the front.
And to the bottom:
I think it came out really cute. You start at the neck and work back and forth, while also working the design on the front until the placket is deep enough, and then it's worked in the round until the depth of the armholes is reached. You then slip the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn to work later and knit to the bottom. I wanted small sleeves, so when I picked up the stitches, I just did the tiny ribbing at the edge to finish them off. It was really simple. The tricky part was figuring out how many stitches to cast on in the first place. I was trying to avoid a Flashdance look!
I have tons of ideas for other designs, but one that popped into my head was this lacy one:
I love this version! The lace will make it nice and cool on a summer day! It's not completely finished as I haven't found the right button for it yet. I finished the placket off by just single crocheting around the edge and making a buttonhole at the same time. I thought it made more sense to finish it once I knew how big the button was. I didn't want to have a loop that wouldn't stay on the button or one that wouldn't fit over a button!
The peach version has fewer stitches around the neck so it isn't as floppy. I can see lots of things I'd like to improve upon. Both versions are knit with cotton. The aqua shirt is made from leftover yarn from the blanket. (Jeannee by Plymouth). The peach is Aslan Trends Pima Clasico. It's supposed to be machine washable, but I haven't put it to the test yet!
I'm contemplating trying to write up the pattern, in case anyone else might be interested, however, I've never written a "sweater" pattern before so I'm not sure if I'd be any good at it. I know what I did, but can I explain it well enough so you'd know too? I can see that it would be fairly easy to adjust the size up or down, but if I decide to do it, I think I'll just stick with one size. I've learned that I can't please everyone!