A-B-C-SJ: Adult, Baby, and Child's Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Sat 8/14, 8/28, & 9/11
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"Baby Surprise Jacket," was designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968 and remains a popular baby garment to this day. It is an excellent pattern for making use of oddments of yarn or self striping yarns with long color repeats, but looks equally nice knit in a single color with a contrasting button band. The jacket is knit in a single piece with just two seams that run across the shoulders and down the length of the sleeves. It includes extra ease across the back of the garment to fit well over a nappy (diaper). Commonly referred to as the “BSJ”, the baby surprise jacket is a very entertaining piece of knitted engineering. I'll be focusing on the baby size jacket and will have handouts that will help you work your way through the pattern for the first time.
Instructor: Amy Wentley
Prerequisites: Knit and purl comfortably. Familiarity with decreases and increases helpful, but we’ll cover these in class
Homework: Work a gauge swatch: With your chosen project yarn and needles (see materials below), cast on 30 stitches, work 40 rows of garter stitch (knit every row), bind off. Soak your swatch in cold water, remove and squish out water between two towels, lay flat to dry.
Skills Learned: Pattern gauge, increases, decreases, pattern tracking, simple button holes, applied I-cord and I-cord bind off.
Materials Required: Approximately 500 yards of fingering weight yarn. Variegated and self-striping yarns work well, as well as solid colors. A 24" circular needle, US size 4, stitch markers, darning needle, and (optional) 5 baby buttons. A small ruler to measure gauge. You’ll need your yarn and needles to swatch before class, so be sure to purchase these beforehand.
All class materials must be purchased from Warm n Fuzzy.