Saturday, April 07, 2012


Baby Surprise Jacket and I'm back:

I've been meaning to write more blog posts for the past several months but just haven't gotten around to it, as all the busy-ness of life has gotten in the way. I have, however, been getting a bit of knitting done, as well as buying a lot of pretty yarn on-line. As such, I've got some fodder for more posts so hopefully I will be able to get them uploaded (after we move house, which is happening next week).

Last week it was the first birthday of the little baby for whom I made the big purple baby blanket:

In all my knitting blog reading of late, I've heard mention of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket quite a few times, so I thought this would be a good occasion to make one. (Pattern available from http://www.schoolhousepress.com/patterns.htm )

This pattern was so much fun to knit - it's all knit in one piece and at first it looks like some weird manta ray shape:
Then using some knitterly origami, you just fold the bottom up, sew the shoulder seams and voila, it becomes a jacket:
It really is very clever and a great project. Given I am not very interested in sewing seams, this part of the project really appealed to me, and I loved how I could just keep knitting along and not make pieces - it uses decreases and increases to make the shape. The fact that it is in garter stitch is also great as it's the kind of knitting that you can do without concentrating too much.

The placement of the second colour determines where the stripes end up:
I have a strong urge to make another one of these but I have too many other projects I want to work on at the moment. I do, however, have two cousins who's babies both turn one later this year, so I will aim to get some made up for them as well.

1 comment:

E-von said...

That's an interesting way of knitting! Very cute jacket, and I like your choice of using 2 colours.