We're celebrating a birthday in November--The Boy will be a year old! Â Of course, this calls for a Birthday sweater, so we decided to try out the new Rowan Felted Tweed Aran in our favorite child's coat pattern. Rowan Felted Tweed (so far, 3 balls dark grey, 1 and a bit Â light grey). Â Sleeve stitches are still on waste yarn, hopefully we'll have time to finish them tonight. Here's the back, showing the lovely A-line shaping (paired increases at sides and center back). We're planning i-cord toggles for the button band. Â And, by the way, we love Â the little Clover bamboo pins for holding knitting together when joining seams or planning buttons (they come 10 per package). Â A rounded tip protects the yarn from splitting and the natural texture of bamboo keeps the pins from sliding out. Â We also use them as shawl and sweater closures. And here's the pattern--yup, kind of hard to believe it's the same coat! Â This is one of those really great patterns that is hiding behind a bit of unfortunate styling. Â We've replaced the fake fur trim on collar and cuffs with a border in the same yarn used in the body of the coat. Â The pattern calls for a garter stitch border, used in this version. For the Boy's coat, we've chosen seed stitch borders.