Warning: This Baby is Highly Addictive
That is why Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket is a surprise in more ways than one. The surprise for ME is that I am now working on my third one! The first was for Margot's first birthday in March. The second is just a stash-buster and is still ownerless (oh, I'm sensing another giveaway...)
The one I'm presently working on is for a baby due in...oops, September. Perhaps "presently working on" is an exaggeration, as I haven't worked on it in months.I did start it way back in May, but since then have ALSO started a sweater and a shawl for myself, mittens for Margot, and a unicorn for Violet.
So, when I stumbled across it today (untangling it's ends from various other UFOs*), I decided it's down-to-the-wire enough for me to finish it!
So here's the real surprise (from which this sweater draws its name):
You take those shorter ends and flip them up,
and they become the sleeves
Isn't that the neatest, sweetest thing? The only seaming is across the tops of the sleeves. It's all clever increasing and decreasing to create these quirky angles...as you knit it, you think "This CAN'T be right!", end up with a blob of fabric, then flip it up and TA-DA! Amaze yourself with the cleverness of you.
I tell you, Elizabeth Zimmerman was a genius. If there was such thing as a PhD in knitting, she'd get the first one. Wow, I'm getting excited again...better get off the computer and get back to work on my BSJ!
*UFO=unfinished object in knitter speak
P.S. If you decide to tackle a BSJ, I HIGHLY recommend buying the row-by-row instructions (on a flyer) rather than the original pattern...it makes the knitting of this sweater much easier.
I also HIGHLY recommend that you enter my giveaway! If you're a follower you can leave a comment every day until the winner is chosen!