I'm working my way through some yarn that I received as a Christmas gift. The good thing about gift yarn is that unexpected colors show up. I think these colors look sort of Southwestern. For sure, the colors are a departure from traditional (and lovely) petal pink and mint green for baby things. The yarn is cascade heritage 150 (discontinued now). It is my own pattern. I had no plan when I started - just thought, OK, navy blue looks nice with the turquoise, then I noticed that the tomato red was the same color as some red buttons from my button stash. For the increases, I just use a rule of thumb to increase at a rate of 4 sts. per row, but increase only when there are 3 rows of the same color.
Needles & Hooks
Circular 2.25mm (US 1)
Circular 2.75mm (US 2)
Other : Size 1 needles for button bands. Size 2 for everything else.