pattern: flax, by tincanknits (free!)
size: 4-6 (yielded a 3T/4T)
yarn: knit picks swish worsted, eggplant, 5 skeins
needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)& 7 (4.5 mm) Clover bamboo 16" circs and DPNs
Easy-to-follow pattern, sleeves are a little long as written, but would probably be good for an older (skinny) kid. I made the arms a bit shorter, even though Erik actually does have long arms for his age. Soft and cozy superwash yarn, but I know from experience that Swish will stretch out and pill over time. That's OK for a kid's sweater, in my book, since he will grow out of it quickly -- the stretchiness will buy us some more time, and the last thing I want him to do is refuse to wear it because it's itchy.
"Nevermind my new handknit purple sweater, enough with the paparazzi!" --Erik