Baby Surprise Jacket (knitting)

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Baby Surprise Jacket (knitting)

Hi!

I just finished knitting a jacket for our baby (due this month!).

Apparently, the pattern is the hugely popular and famous "Baby Surprise Jacket" by Elizabeth Zimmerman, although I had no idea when I bought it. I saw it in my local yarn shop and saw it was knit all in one piece. I have terrible assembly skills for knitting (as I mostly just knit scarves) so I thought it might be easier.

The pattern is an easy knit ONCE you figure it out. Or maybe I am just still too much of a novice? But it took me a long time to figure out the pattern (I had to use math!). But once I did it shaped up quickly and was so much fun!

I have knit two already.

One for my 7 month old niece (it is way too big for her now, though - she'll have to grow into it) and one for our baby. The one for our baby is going to be part of its coming-home-from-the-hospital outfit.

Jacket for niece (size is 1 year and up):

Jacket for our baby (newborn size):

Entire Outfit:

Anyway, just wanted to share. Smile

-Joanne

gardenbug's picture
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Well I love it to pieces! I'll need to find a pattern somewhere here in Canada and make it for a friend's September baby.
The one for your niece has amazing colours! The buttons are terrific too.

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I ordered a pattern on the web. Yeah! It costs more for shipping than for the actual pattern!

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Thanks, gardenbug. I am glad you were able to find the pattern. Apparently there is one out there to make it for adults too.

The yarn I used for my niece's is Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun. It's machine washable.

And then for the newborn jacket I used Bernat Baby Coordinates. It is also machine washable although I found the yarn a little annoying because it would split a lot as I knitted with it. But it did make a very soft jacket.

-Joanne

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Joined: 07/28/04
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Yes, that's quite a famous pattern (for good reason!) I have a one piece baby cardigan that I've made a few of, but I'm unhappy with how the underarm turns out. I'm going to try it one more time, and if I don't like it I'll switch to the Surprise Jacket.

Janel

Joined: 05/11/02
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Love the jackets think I need to get myself that pattern.

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So I went to the store to buy buttons for a different project and came home with TWO kinds of yarn instead. No buttons. Wink Maybe it will work for the jacket. I'll have to see what the pattern says when it arrives.....

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Joined: 11/25/06
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That is a cute pattern, what an awesome job you did! Gives me hope I can do something more complicated than straight knitting!

Does someone have a link to the pattern?

CamelNoodle's picture
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It's not a free pattern, I know can buy it online, just google "Baby Surprise Jacket" and you'll get it.

Janel

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Seems you have to buy it. Either the book (big bucks) or here for $3:

http://schoolhousepress.com/spunout.htm