Sunday, December 12, 2010

EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket

As you know, I am a big Elizabeth Zimmermann fan. If you are having trouble "owning" your knitting or can't quite find 'that freedom' in knitting that you KNOW is her books. All of them are great. I am so glad that I read her books first when I began knitting in 2009. I have wanted to make the BSJ for some time. I splurged and bought the actual step by step pattern HERE.
I didn't have any good yarn to work with so I just used some scraps....just for practice. The next jacket will be with good yarn. It is suggested that one knit the BSJ first to understand the construction, before knitting the Child's Surprise or Adult Surprise Jacket. So I did.
Here is what I ended up with. It was quite a surprise.

At the half way mark-above. (all of the yarn was different in weight and texture pulled and stretched at different areas)
Getting ready to bind off in purl, which is quite lovely. (above)

Well, it doesn't really look like a jacket.

But flip it a bit and TaDa!!!! It even comes with buttonholes.

The back. All that is needed is to stitch the shoulder/arm seam shut with yarn. Sew on buttons.

This pattern is very easy to read. All you have to know is how to do simple increases and decreases, knit and purl. It is just garter stitch back and forth.
You can add a hood or extend the bottom into legs for a snow suit type thing.
You can Google Baby Surprise Jacket and see all of the endless color possibilities.
I think my practice jacket turned out cute. Can't wait for the real thing...our family has two new babies coming within the next year so I can knit at least two. :)
P.S. If you don't know how to knit.....You Tube videos are helpful. Join and get info from there as well.


  1. Good job! I love seeing your knitting posts! Keep up the good work, I hope to post soon with some finished projects, we'll see!

  2. Good Job!!! I love the BSJ, it is my go-to pattern when a Baby gift is needed.

  3. Elizabeth Zimmermann was amazing with knitting. She could turn mistakes into patterns.
    Nice work.

  4. I will have to check her out! Very nice pattern! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the other two you knit!

  5. I can't believe how that flipped into a jacket! Amazing!!