The theme for the January Madison Knitters' Guild Charity Knitting Challenge is Baby Sweaters! The January MKG meeting is the annual Pot-Luck with drawings for door prizes. They year there will be special door prize drawings only for those who bring an item to donate! You can double your chances of winning a door prize by making an item to donate. Or, if you are really lucky, you could win a door prize in the regular drawing and another door prize in the charity donation drawing!!
No doubt MKG members have many baby sweater patterns in their home libraries. In case you don't, here's a cute pattern by "Bev's Country Cottage" that is called the Five Hour Baby Sweater. The 5 -hour title does not include the hat and booties, however. Click here for the free pattern.
Don't forget Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Baby Surprise Jacket." It knits up quickly and is a standard. The pattern is available in most of EZ's books. Maybe you already have the pattern from last year's BSJ Knit-along!
You could also check out www.knitty.com in their archives for "kidswear". They have interesting patterns designed by readers and designers alike.
Knitting Pattern Central has dozens of free baby item patterns as well.
Don't forget, despite the theme for each month, donations are always "knitter's choice."