Finished this one up a couple months ago for my godson Asher who lives in D.C. This pattern I've used a couple times and what I love about it is there's no sewing involved. Everything's done in the round and it's basically one piece. Pattern is from "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson. The pattern is available at http://images.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf.
If anyone has pointers on getting a knitting group started, I'd appreciate some ideas. As far as I can tell, there's no regular group in Denver but in a city this size, seems like it should work.