Friday, July 30, 2010

Doll-Baby Surprise Jacket

 I finally stopped spinning my wheels long enough to try out the concept of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket. Ravelry had a pattern for a doll's size version which allowed me to knit one up in a hour or two and see how it came together, solving the big mystery for me. Isn't it cute?

Now what shall I do with this knowledge? The adult version is intriguing but since this is knit all in one piece, it ends up being a lot of stitches all at once on the needles, which loses its appeal to me. The thing I do like is that there is a chance that no thinking is required to have matching stripes all the way through. I love the no thinking/planning aspect and the using up of lots of scrap yarn in the construction.

See how much sweater there is? I grabbed these pictures and the following ones from the Ravelry site. I am not so happy with horizontal stripes across the vast territory of  the butt.

On the other hand I love how the front looks and yet have complaints about the sleeves and the way they come together. Is there no pleasing me? Why can't I be like the hundreds of knitters of this cardigan who rave about how much they loved making it?

I could go this route and just eliminate the sleeves entirely and get the striped effect. I think this knitter had luck enter into her knitting, just a bit.
I do believe that Guru1 on Ravelry has the perfect near-version.

She writes::I never do a pattern exactly as written - just ask anyone! For instance, on the bottom half of this sweater, instead of doing one back and two front pieces, I chose to do two side pieces. Same basic results but I like the placement of the miters better.
I also chose a lighter weight yarn than called for so that I could follow the instructions for the larger size and end up with 3/4 length sleeves without measuring much.

I love her attitude, so much like mine!
This one has the top down raglan shoulders which I love and can easily fake from a standard pattern in my library. The bottom half can be made in two pieces like she did, which can be picked up not sewn, and if I am careful, I can match the stripes by counting rows.
This may require a teeny bit of thinking, which is all I am up for these days.
Don't hold your breath waiting for a finished project anytime soon. I am still in the deciding stages.


  1. I love how your mind works through these things!

  2. My knitting is pretty limited these days, but I love this blog.

  3. Wonderful jacket...want to try it but haven't yet...Thanks for going over all the options...I can't wait to see yours....

  4. Melody - great sweater idea. I'm not much of a knitter yet but it does intrique me. What will you come up with - can't wait to see. Have a great everything!

  5. Anonymous10:51 AM

    You could mitigate the effect of the horizontal butt stripes by using cooler, darker colors for that long as you're using scraps anyway. Mary

  6. Your baby surprise jacket looks very similar to one I crocheted for my daughter when she was a baby. I have never been good at following directions in crocheting (I usually wing it) but that sweater was really easy. Haven't thought of that in years!

  7. Thank you so much for saying my version is 'near perfect'. I still need to perfect it for my own body type - a fitted waistline will make it hang better on my frame. The next one will use Yoyo so I hope it turns out as I envision it.
    And you're welcome for the use of my pictures, etc.

    Guru1 aka Lori at The Crafty Lady in Lacombe Alberta

  8. I made the baby version, just because.

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  10. Anonymous4:01 PM

    I'm just finishing my first ASJ - I LOVE the last jacket as it's miters are really cool - although I don't have any idea how those mitars in the back work ... :) LOL!
    Thanks for the link - I favored it on Ravelry.
    Follow my name back to see my attempts ... it's not done yet. ;)

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