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July 26, 2008 / Mary Ann

Baby Surprise Jacket

This is the 2nd Baby Surprise Jacket I’ve knitted. Haven’t taken any photos of the 1st one. I’ll have to snap the 2 of them side by side to contrast the sizes. This one is tiny, I used Brown Sheep Wildfoote yarn, the color is called Rock & Roll, I used size 1 needles. This one would not be too large on a preemie, the other one I knitted out of a worsted weight yarn and would fit a toddler. Elizabeth Zimmerman created the pattern for this many years ago. The surprise is that it looks nothing like anything a baby or anyone else could wear until you sew the only 2 seams on it — across the shoulders and arms. I’ve seen it called origami knitting, until you figure out how to fold it right it’s a surprise and a mystery. Many people have knitted BSJs. They are fascinating to knit, but quite easy actually. EZ’s directions assume that you can think for yourself. She herself called them “pithy”. We oh so modern knitters want the directions spelled out, we want to make things “right”. People make spreadsheets to follow, there are groups devoted to this and other EZ patterns. I confess to using the pattern plus someone’s spreadsheet to make it, but the greatest help was a DVD by EZ’s daughter, Meg Swansen, of Schoolhouse Press.

I can’t remember right now what pattern I made to knit the little matching socks. It needs a matching hat.

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