Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Knitting the Baby Surprise Jacket

Elizabeth Zimmerman is renowned as the quintessential knitter and designer in the knitting world. For several months now, I have been wanting to knit up her famous sweater designed for babies. She made the pattern in 1968, and it is still as widely followed now as then.

Here is a picture of the yarn I just ordered from fellow Ravelry member Jenn who had stashed it and was ready to sell to the next purchaser:

The yarn is washable wool, 5 ply, very soft, and should knit up into an interesting pattern. Both the yarn and the pattern should be arriving in a few days. The pattern was purchased from this site: Schoolhouse Press.

This is what Schoolhouse Press has to say about the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern:

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket has become near legendary since its conception in 1968. The jacket is knitted back and forth in garter stitch, then cleverly folded and completed by weaving the shoulder seams. This updated pattern includes Elizabeth's original Baby Surprise Jacket instructions, original Adult Surprise instructions, and instructions for the new Child's Surprise jacket (see below). We've also added row by row instructions for the Baby Surprise Jacket. Both the Adult and Child's Surprise are based on the construction of the baby jacket. Cully has included numbers to knit the Baby Surprise Jacket at different gauges and a chart to enable you to knit different sizes at different gauges. The pattern also includes an options section for adding hood, collar and other features such as EZ's Afterthought Pocket and more. Technique instruction is also included.

This is a picture of the same jacket recently completed by new friend Moonlight Baker on ravelry:

Nice job, Stacey! Love those colors.

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