Sunday, May 25, 2008

FO Report: Baby Surprise Jacket

Amelia's Baby Surprise Jacket

Yarn: Cleckheaton Country Naturals, 85% wool with some other stuff thrown in, six colors without names
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Baby Surprise Jacket" from Knitting Workshop
Pattern Gauge: 6 sts/in
My Gauge: 5 sts/in (that's a first...I rarely have a larger gauge than the pattern)
Needles: US6 24" circular (knit flat)
Size: Baby-size
Started: 5/16/08
Finished: 5/25/08

This was an interesting knit. I knew that one day I would have to do a BSJ, so when the leftovers from Amelia's baby blanket* were staring at me from the bottom of my knitting basket, I couldn't resist.

It was somewhat challenging, if only because I never knew what part of the sweater I was working on (is this the neck? the back? where are the cuffs?). But I just kept going, following EZ's instructions, and came out with this:
The knitted origami turned into a cute little sweater that will be thick and warm this fall/winter since it's all in garter stitch.

Modifications: I crocheted a simple border at the front neck edges for color consistency and to hide all of my stripe-ends.

Other notes: I will not do another one of these in stripes ever again. Self-striping wool? Sure. Variegated? Sure. But switching colors every four rows left a lot of ends to weave in and hide and that got pretty old. A nice way to use up leftover yarn though...
*Stay tuned for the next FO Report on the baby blanket. It would have been finished two weeks ago, had I not seamed one of the squares in upside-down. After ripping the seams back to the offending square, I decided to let the blanket sit for a while to think about what it had done. We've since made up and it's on its way to completion, hopefully scheduled for tonight.


Becca said...

Darling sweater! I thought maybe it was going to be wool soakers (diaper cover), judging from the sneak peek photo in your last post. Have you ever used those, by the way? I've always been interested since many people seem to rave about them.

Beth said...

Adorable! Can't wait to see her in this beautiful sweater ....

Aunt Beth

Ruth's Place said...

It's fantastic!

Knittymama said...

Cute! I'm off to seam up my first BSJ tonight. Must be the weekend for them:-)

Chris said...

It's adorable.