Sunday, January 24, 2010

Baby Surprise Jacket - Finished!

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I finally finished the Baby Surprise Jacket!  You can see my first post about it here.  The pattern is by Elizabeth Zimmermann and was written in 1968!  I had a really great time knitting this.  I am going to give it to my friend who had a baby girl last week.
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Here's the sweater, still on the needles and with only a few more rows to knit:
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The interesting thing about this sweater is that it is knit up in one piece and there are only two seams - one at each arm.
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Here's a picture of the finished knit.  It's hard to believe that this turns into a swester!
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Fold it up and it looks like this:
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Isn't that amazing?
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Seaming up the sleeves:
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I sewed on three buttons and the sweater was finished.
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Here's the back:
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I found several great resources online for help with this pattern.  The first is a series of videos on YouTube made by the owner of my local yarn shop.  Click here for the first video in the series.  Also helpful, especially for how to seam the arms, is Yarn Harlot.  Click here for her post on the BSJ.  Also, if you search online for 'BSJ row counts' you will find several charts people have posted to for keeping track of the rows - very helpful!
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I've linked this post up to Make it for Monday over @ Cottage Instincts.  Check it out!

10 comments:

Dayka said...

Awwww!!! This is so cute and so beautiful! You did an AMAZING job--what a wonderful keepsake for your girlfriend's daughter. I wish I knew how to sew or knit!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Oh wow, it is beautiful. I like to to knit but find I lack the patience so I stick to scarves. But that baby sweater is gorgeous!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Omgosh you are so talented! This is the cutest little jacket!

Beverly said...

That is beautiful! I know this is a useless question, but do you know if that pattern is still available anywhere? I'm just in love with that little sweater. If you know of somewhere, would you mind emailing me and letting me know (bevwalks@aol.com. You did a GREAT job!

alissa said...

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments about the sweater! I will be giving this to my friend this week - I hope she likes it too!

Beverly - you are in luck! They still sell this pattern. You can buy it online @ www.schoolhousepress.com. They might sell it at your local knitting shop too - that's where I bought mine. I know that a lot of shops have been offering classes on the pattern because so many people have been interested in it lately!

Amy Goods said...

You are so talented!!! Love it!

Samarah Mansur said...

Oh my goodness, where did you find that pattern? Amazing!

alissa said...

Samarah - You can by the pattern @ www.schoolhousepress.com - they might aslo have it at your local knitting shop.
Alissa

Brandi said...

alissa you did a beautiful job on this sweater! your creativity amazes me!!!!

Bea said...

Wow, I love this sweater, I would have never thought of knitting something like it!!! it is super cute!! Do you have a pattern for it? I love your blog, tasty Tuesdays look tasty, I love Cooking Light and Food& Wine.

 

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