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)
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.