I have yet to master teeny tiny socks and booties, so when a friend or family member is expecting I've been making hats.
'Vine Lace Baby Hat' by Sandy Wiseheart
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Sport in Black and Ivory and Reynolds Wash Day Wool in Red - less than half a ball of each.
Needles: US 3 DPNs
This is one of my favorite gifts to knit. It looks like it takes a lot of skill and time, but it is really really really easy. I've made this hat at least 4 times and each time the recipient(s) opened it they were thoroughly impressed. In fact upon hearing that it was a handknit one couple's looks of shock were so pronounced they could have been characters in a cartoon, jaws hanging on the floor.
One of these hats could easily be whipped up in a day. I've used a couple types of yarn. I really like how the alpaca turned out, because the fiber looks so soft and perfect for babies.
Here's another pattern I've knit for newcomers:
published in Stitch and Bitch
Yarn: Plymouth Jeannee in Pale Brick - less than half a ball. Plymouth Jeannee in Lilac - a scrap will do.
Needles: US 7 24" Circ.
Started: February 10
Finished: February 11
This was another easy knit. I used some yarn left over from my Duck Soup sweaters.
Oh and I totally winged the letter form. Regardless of my inept embroidery skills it still turned out well.