This week on the Knitting Daddy blog, I'm going to talk a little about the classic Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket. But first, let's take a. The Baby Surprise Jacket was designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann in and remains a popular baby garment to this day. It is an excellent pattern for making. And I have had the Baby Surprise Jacket on my list since I discovered it when I first started knitting! But, I must be honest, I've held back for.
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MiniMeMadeMay and a Baby Surprise Jacket | Tin Can Knits
One of the things that is unique about this pattern is the simplicity of how it is conveyed. There are no row-by-row descriptions.
baby surprise jacket Instead, the pattern is conveyed as a series of guidelines. The jacket is constructed entirely of garter stitch, and building the field of garter stitches helped me understand how stitches were constructed — how they worked together.
It was also my first experience with buttons and button holes.
That was pretty cool. Just reading the pattern made it sound like I was knitting with a friend, someone who was helping me through the process — teaching, and helping me learn — instead of me simply blindly following directions.
At its core, the BSJ is a knitted rectangle, with shaping. The baby surprise jacket is where it gets fun. Once the BSJ comes off the needles, it looks like a mess. baby surprise jacket
After the shoulder seams were complete, I finished the neckline by picking up and knitting stitches with RS facing along the right side of the neckline, the back neck, then the left side of the baby surprise jacket.
Then I turned the work WS facing and knit one final row. Lastly I bound off all stitches.
MiniMeMadeMay and a Baby Surprise Jacket
This created a lovely consistent MC finish at all edges of the work. Choosing buttons was another joyful part of the process!
Purple-blue mother-of-purl won the day. Place your second marker on the th stitch.
Baby Surprise Jacket
Row one will begin and end with k43 Row three will begin and end with k42 Row five will begin and end baby surprise jacket k41 and so on. When the pattern says to increase 9 sts across the end sections just knit without increasing as you already have the extra 9 stitches in place.
Continue knitting the pattern as written. When you have finished knitting the jacket as written in the pattern including casting baby surprise jacketpick up 44 stitches along the end of your sleeve and knit 10 rows. Cast off and sew up your jacket.
Collars Fold-Over Collar Baby surprise jacket with fold over collar After sewing the shoulder seams, with the right side facing you, pick up 18sts along the front edge of the neck, up to the shoulder seam, 17 baby surprise jacket across the back and 18 stitches down the other side of the front.
Knit 8 ridges 15 rows and cast off. For a deeper collar just knit more rows before casting off. Big Mitred Collar The baby surprise jacket surprise jacket with a big mitred collar After sewing the shoulder seams, with the right side facing you, pick up 17sts along the front edge of the neck, up to the shoulder seam, 18 stitches across the back and 17 stitches down the other side of the front.