Originally uploaded by fireflowerknits
This is a Baby Surprise Jacket I knit for my son when I was first pregnant. It was made with Koigu KPPM on size 3 needles. It was a joy to knit, but it is tiny, I would say newborn to 3 months size. It fit my son for about a month. Still, it is beautiful and I love that it is in bright, happy, unconventional colors. If I were doing it over I would use sport or dk weight yarn and size 5 or 6 needles to get a larger size and also lengthen the sleeves before sewing up. Two skeins of Koigu were just enough, though I probably could have eaked out enough to make the sleeves just a tad longer. Watching a strange, angular blob of knitting turn into a charming baby sweater is a pleasure. Just thinking about it gets me started thinking of making another one.
The pattern is available in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic Knitting Workshop. It is also available from Schoolhouse Press which is still run by EZ’s daughter Meg Swansen. More information about the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern is available at the marvelous KnitWiki article. Glampyre and Yarn Harlot have recently knit lovely BSJs. And you can see a whole bunch of lovely versions on Flickr . This pattern would be great for using up oddballs, making a gift or a charity knit. It works in solids, handpaints, or a combination. You could work it up in any yarn between fingering and worsted weight and it would fit the baby sometime in the first year.