The Daily Purl







Another Baby Surprise Jacket with a stripe sequence similar to the one I used in my first BSJ. The stripes start at the same time as the increases in the beginning of the pattern, with one or two ridges between each stripe. One ridge between the contrasting color was done above, but I prefer the look of two ridges as done in my first blue and green version. Instead of buttons, I used a new zipper from Purl. I mistakenly purchased a non-separating zipper, but decided to go ahead and sew it in using this tutorial by The Purl Bee. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to buying another zipper, so for now it’s a Baby Surprise pullover.
Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Koigu KPM #2341 – 1 skein
Nature’s Palette #NP 115 Dusky Plum – 1 skein
3.5 mm needles
YKK 7” invisible nylon zipper in grey from Purl


folded and tied

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
From The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk Aran color 0107
Needles: 4.5 mm
Mods: two buttonholes only at top (cast off before last garter stitch ridges in patt), tied with 1” double faced satin ribbon in Almond Blossom from M & J Trimming
Hills of garter stitch goodness turned (folded, actually) into a sweet little baby jacket tied with a satin ribbon. In my excitement to finish this project I neglected to take photos before sewing the two shoulder seams. I enjoy photos of the odd shaped piece of knitting almost as much as the completed jacket.
I’m not sure where my needles will take me next. I think tonight I’ll curl up with my well-worn copy of EZ’s Knitter’s Almanac – it never fails to inspire.


garter stitch landscape

Thank you for the lovely comments on Bridie.
Since finishing the cardigan I’ve been working on a Baby Surprise Jacket. It’s my second BSJ (first one here), a project that is familiar and yet still incredibly intriguing to knit. I love the shaping that creates rolling hills of garter stitch on my bamboo needles, jewel-toned stitches eagerly waiting to be folded into a neat baby garment.