Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baby Surprise Jacket ...

I discovered on the day of our student cello recital that my teacher and his wife were expecting any day. Surprise! The big event took place last week so I'm off lessons for 2 weeks while they get settled in their new--hectic, I imagine--life.

Elizabeth Zimmermann's ("Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.") Baby Surprise Jacket has always intrigued me--I even collaborated on a BSJ project with 2 fellow knitters a few years back, by supplying buttons for our joint effort--so I've decided to give it a whirl. I'm knitting it in superwash (washable) merino.

The sweater is knit in one piece then folded in a way that forms a sweater. Awesome!

Here's where I am at the moment. I'm making it to fit the boy at 6 to 9 months, so hopefully he'll grow into it by this fall.

Trying to get it finished before my next trip to NY in a few weeks.


  1. The BSJ is such a fun knit, almost an origami piece. Glad you're making one, too!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Michele! :)

      I'm over half way through it and have enjoyed it considerably. From the pattern I'm following it's not so bad. There's Elizabeth's original instructions and then there's a row-by-row interpretation that makes it pretty easy-peasy. Wasn't she something!? What an intriguing pattern. It makes me wonder how she developed it. So much fun!


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