Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More Surprise Jackets ...

... because I like them! Here is the one I made previously - now with buttons and edging.

I went to Germany for a week and took the Surprise Jacket pattern plus needles and some yarn. 

Well, I did spend many, many hours on the overnight coach and I do like the pattern - so much that I ended up buying more yarn and finishing 4 more jackets!

I tried the suggested I-cord edging - my first time ever. On one jacket I did the I-cord edging all the way around the edge, on two others just around the neckline. It certainly makes for a neater finish.

That will be enough for now. Now, what shall be my next project ...??

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket - the finished object!

Three days later, and here it is - the finished surprise jacket.

I had a million ends to darn in, but it was worth it. All I need to do now is decide on the right buttons. The front edge has button holes worked in on both sides - so it can be used for a boy or a girl. Very versatile!

I enjoyed knitting this jacket.

It felt a little like 'knitting by faith alone' - because the shape of the piece as it grows makes no sense at all ... until you finish it and join the correct seams together!

However, the pattern isn't too difficult at all. It is one of those, which simply needs to be followed to the letter - without stopping to think how and why!

I am away for a week, and I will take enough yarn for another jacket (or two)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket

I have joined this KAL (Knit-along) at Ravelry to try myself at the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

It is knitted in one piece and turns out to be the strangest of shapes ... but with just closing two seams it turns into a baby jacket. (Or so I have been assured - I am not quite there yet myself ...)

I am using my cotton stash. I love how the colours blend into each other.