This is my first sweater. I guess babies have bigger arms than I thought. Piecing it together was pretty simple, but I'm not sure I agree with the pattern's uneven sides thing. Which is actually in the pattern and not something I made up to hid my own ineptitude.
The biggest challenge: finishing. I decided not to use buttons since they're a choking hazard. Also, I didn't have any matching buttons. My baby-safe alternative was to use snaps. Mostly because I could find those in the house and quickly sew them on.
I think I would feel more confident about the finished sweater if I actually had a baby to put it on. Are babies the same size as American Girl dolls? I feel like the answer is no, and that's why I don't have any pictures of Kirsten modeling the sweater and hat.
Oddly, the colors don't look as close of a match on the finished items. I think it's because the blocks of color are thicker on the cotton items than on the sweater.
Adding to my angst: once I got to scenic Doswell, Virginia and was putting my tags on my items, I was next to a woman with a baby blanket, a baby set, and a crocheted rabbit. Naturally, I was entering an afghan, a baby set, a crocheted animal, and an 18ct cross stitch piece. I almost immediately considered withdrawing Hat, Sweater, and Blanket Buddy--especially once I realized I wasn't smart enough to bring safety pins so I could attach my set to itself. But then I remembered that I'd invested 20 cents of my own money. And her set was severely lacking in a bunny that could be chewed and puked on. Also, I assume modern babies either like bright colors or are not at all discerning in their tastes.