First Baby Surprise Jacket

Knipper's picture

Finally did this in July after being inspired by the many that have already taken the plunge. Totally fascinated with the structure of the project. Used Spud & Chloe sweater - a new yarn recently out. Loved working with it and now want to make an Adult size. Also enjoyed doing the icord edging which I think gives the sweater a more finished look.

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BuduR's picture

I think these jackets are

I think these jackets are adorable. I really have to try my hand at making one. puh

Enablers, each and every one of you. Now I just need all my yarn back :(
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mrossnyc's picture

This look beautiful and I

This look beautiful and I love the buttons.

Knipper's picture

Thanks everyone. The

Thanks everyone. The photography credit goes to Craig, the owner of the yarn shoppe LOOP in Philadelphia. He did a great job in taking the photo and encouraging me to take the plunge on BSJ. It does show off my strength as a knitter in that my stitches are consitently even, regardless of when I am in a grounded state or a high neurotic threshhold.

Happy knitting.

Aaronknits's picture

I'm with Rob on this one.

I'm with Rob on this one. Might just knit one or two to keep around in case someone I know has a baby! It looks like a relatively simple project, and I've got some great buttons I could use!

Jim, your knitting is beautiful and your photography is fantastic! I need to find someone to take pictures of my stuff because I'm just not that good at it.

Aaronknits's picture

I'm with Rob on this one.

I'm with Rob on this one. Might just knit one or two to keep around in case someone I know has a baby! It looks like a relatively simple project, and I've got some great buttons I could use!

Jim, your knitting is beautiful and your photography is fantastic! I need to find someone to take pictures of my stuff because I'm just not that good at it.

elib1971's picture

You must get the pattern

You must get the pattern from Schoolhouse Press or any vendor who sells their patterns. There are often cheat sheets posted on the web by good knitters for those of us who are less skilled and have trouble with EZ's patterns. She wrote them assuming that you are as clever and/or intuitive as she is and many of us are not. Unfortunately, most of these cheat sheets come down because Schoolhouse advises the person who posted it that they have unwittingly violated the copyright. I totally understand that Schoolhouse needs to get reimbursed for the pattern but it is tough for those of us who need the help. I posted a while ago that there are now excellent tutorials on Youtube which explain the pattern without giving it away.

I wonder if anyone can direct me to instructions on how to do the i-cord edge. I see that EZ suggests it in the pattern, and I know how to do one alone, but not attached to a garment.

Finally, thanks to HC for the ridge explanation! My problem is that when EZ says, for example, "after three ridges add four stitches in the middle of the row", I don't know if I take action in the middle of the knit row which makes the third ridge, immediately after in the purl row, or when I am starting the fourth ridge in the next knit row. Does that make sense? I get stuck on these things.

Eli B.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've always worked out where

I've always worked out where the increases go and knit them in the next row once I count the 3 (in this case) ridges. For the I-cord edge, there are 2 options: Adding it after you've knit the jacket or adding a couple of extra stitches at each end and working it the same as a separate I-cord. (As you pull it tight to resume knitting, it will form a tube.) The best instructions I've found in EZ's words are in "Knitting Around"; they are the ones I go to when I need a refresher. Good luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

That's great looking, crisp,

That's great looking, crisp, flawless. The front almost looks like a tie. OK, gotta try it; so.... where's the pattern. Everyone seems to know but me.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Looks great Jim! The

Looks great Jim! The buttons were a nice touch; it adds to the retro flair! I'm doing a BSJ for my best friend Nick's soon-to-be son. I can't wait to get started. I hope mine will come out as nice. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love me some garter stitch!

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
-- E. Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

You did a wonderful job. I

You did a wonderful job. I think I want to knit one....I can keep it handy in case someone is gonna have a baby!

Buzzboy's picture

What a great looking

What a great looking sweater. I too love the icord edging. It just makes it look so finished. I'm getting ready to start my third BSJ. They are so simple and quick.

Dennis

WillyG's picture

It's great! I love it!

It's great! I love it!

HuskerChub's picture

You're looks great!

You're looks great! Something so "simple" and yet so elegant, plain striped or mottled, never found a BSJ I didn't like ;).

Now, for Eli B. A ridge is formed by 2 rows of knitting, the knit row on the right side is a valley and the purl row on the right side is a ridge. It is waaaaaay easier to count ridges than rows as each row that looks like a purl is ridge. With | being a ridge and " " a valley...| | | | | is 5 ridges and/or 10 rows of garter stitch. Does this make any sense? Hope so.

elib1971's picture

Looks fantastic! I am just

Looks fantastic!

I am just finishing my second. I am trying to do it from the actual EZ pattern and not peak at Buck's cheat sheet. The picture of yours has been really reassuring because you can see that the diagonals at the front are broken at the bottom. When I realized that my diagonals were showing up in what seemed like the wrong place, I thought I had gone terribly wrong and was going to have to unravel. I only have 4 rows to go but was feeling despondent when I thought I had screwed up. Phew! It's hopefully going to work out. What kills me in the pattern is counting "ridges". I just don't really get where a ridge starts or stops. I'd rather count a row if we're going to count. I'd like to try some other EZ patterns because this one is so brilliant, but I don't want to hit the "ridge" problem again.

And the buttons are great on yours!! The recipient (or its parent) is going to be delighted.

Eli B.

IamKnitGuy's picture

Buttons can make or break a

Buttons can make or break a project but these are spectacular!

ronhuber's picture

So cute. Lovely choice of

So cute. Lovely choice of yarn and buttons.

sonics's picture

Great looking jacket!

Great looking jacket!

vsidart's picture

Aren't they fun? I just

Aren't they fun? I just ordered yarn for my 2nd and 3rd BSJs, and I don't even know anyone who's expecting.....

Kerry's picture

Looks great, must get round

Looks great, must get round to doing one.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great looking BSJ. --

Great looking BSJ. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.