Time: A couple of weeks.
Know what a toddler needs? An old man sweater, obviously. I sized this pattern up a bit so that it will be large enough to fit next winter — no point risking it being a bit too small, and thus only fitting for the duration of a Texas summer.
It doesn’t get super-cold here in winter, and this is one instance where it may well have been cheaper to make this sweater than to buy one (or at least a sweater in a cozy merino-alpaca blend, like the City Tweed).
To make it more old-man-ish, I added the cheapo felt elbow patches and wooden buttons. The buttons are spaced kind of wonkily, but who cares? I am pretty sure that it will still be cute.