This baby wrap has been years, no, decades in the making. My eldest daughter was born in the Netherlands. As a newborn she was given a super cute baby wrap knitted by Jana. Jana was an elderly Dutch woman who always knit on long single point needles and knit incredibly fast. In retrospect, I think she used a form of lever knitting. At the time, I was simply amazed at how she knit with one long needle clamped tight under her elbow and the other needle flew.
The baby wrap she knit was soft tones, grey and coral. It wrapped across body, tying on the inside and it had a button on the outside. For a newborn, it was a soft, warm layer that was wrapped about the baby. As the baby grew, the wrapped top changed. At six months, it was a sweater with elbow length sleeves. As the baby grew, the sweater became shorter on the body, but it still fit. When the baby was over a year old and would grab her own clothes, this wrap top was a favorite. The toddler wore the baby wrap top until it became a very short shrug.
I have wanted to copy that baby wrap top for a very long time. This wet weekend, I finished knitting the baby wrap top. I am most comfortable knitting from the top down, so that is what I did. Jana may have knit it differently. The details of the how are not as important as the result, which is very close to how I remember the baby wrap top. The pattern will be up on the website soon.