This is such a whimsical little pattern that is simple and fun to knit. I think that this is a perfect little sweater for a beginning knitter because there is no ribbing, picked up stitches, or seaming! The sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up.
You don't have to make this pattern into a watermelon. If you'd rather, you could knit it using one color which would give it an entirely different look.
I know that this is going to be such a great springtime sweater for my little one. The colors are vibrant for the season and the cotton is ideal for springtime evenings.
3 months [6mos, 9mos, 12mos, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (shown in size 2)
Chest: 18 [19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28] inches
Length: approx 10.5 [11.5, 12, 13, 14, 14.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18] inches after blocking
[MC] Manos Cotton Stria [100% Peruvian Cotton; 116 yd/106m per 50g skein]; color: #204; 2 [2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5] skeins
[CC] color: #205; 1 skein
Scraps of black yarn (I used Panda Silk sock yarn doubled up in Black)
2 32-inch US6 / 4 mm circular needles
1 24-inch US5 / 3.75 mm circular needle
1 24-inch US4 / 3.5 mm circular needle
1 set of US6 / 4 mm double pointed needles
4 pieces of scrap yarn to hold underarm stitches
Safety pin markers
One medium button for button loop closure or 1.5 yards of ribbon for ribbon tie closure
20 sts / 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette st on US6 / 4 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.