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baby surprise jacket


Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket
The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Needles: Addi circ 5.0 mm 24”
Yarn: Kona Bay Wool from Pure Knits (1 sk green, 1 sk blue)
Gauge: 5 spi
Size: 6 months
Mods: Provisional cast on at cuffs, picked up these sts and added sleeve length in green, although there are 5 button holes I only sewed on 4 buttons
Started: 10.25.06
Finished: 11.06.06
This all garter stitch jacket is an intriguing knit and when things start to get “v. odd, indeed” (you’ll know what I mean when you knit one), just follow EZ’s words and “press on”. I messed up the middle a bit (the part where you do a large number of inc’s in one row- I did them over a handful of rows) but it still turned out okay. Only two short seams to sew and it’s reversible!
cross posted at zimmermania

18 thoughts on “baby surprise jacket

  1. wow, that IS quite a surprise. i would never expect to get a jacket from that shape 🙂 very cute!

  2. That is adorable!!!

  3. V. cute!! I think I’m going to have to make one of these very soon!

  4. That looks great!! I love the colors you chose.

  5. can I have one in my size now!?

  6. What a pretty color combination! I must have made a dozen of these little jackets, and it still surprises me every time that it really does all work out somehow in the end. EZ was a genius. I do like your idea of the provisional cast on. The original version of that little jacket is much too short in the arms, and also tight across the belly for a baby. (Babies are all belly!) Before, I had picked up stitches at the wrist and made a ribbed cuff but next time will try your idea of using the pco.
    Next time you might like to try this method: Ignore EZ’s buttonhole-making directions – after the sweater is finished, pick up sts along each front edge (in garter, one st for each bump) and then make a one-inch garter button band for each side – gives extra width across the front for that baby belly bump, and the buttonholes are simple yo’s placed appropriately on left or right side (or both) in the appropriate spaces.
    Nice job!

  7. Oh, I love the 2 colors you chose! Nicely done!

  8. That is one cute knit! And such great colors! Now, if it would only just take 12 days to knit one my size I’d be casting on ASAP!

  9. This is becoming quite a popular knit in blogland, but none of the other ones I’ve seen have made me want to knit one as much as yours does 🙂 .

  10. What a pretty color combination; that’s going to make the baby very stylish! 🙂

  11. Very cute and lovely colours – not the usual baby colours but very chic colours.

  12. Lovely colour combination and it looks so good!

  13. wow, i love the colors and stripe scheme you chose!

  14. What a fab jacket, and all the more so for the unusual construction and wonderful colour combination. Well done!

  15. Delicious!

  16. Oh, VERY cute and I love the colors.

  17. it’s gorgeous.. I always wondered what it looked like before it was sewn up…so thank you for showing that. I love the colours that you picked too.

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