There were some questions in the comments to yesterday’s post on the Baby Surprise Jacket.
Some people have said this sweater has a bit of challenge to it. Is there any truth in that?
I think the only challenge in this design is to follow the instructions to the letter. I had a hard time visualizing how the blog of knitting was going to morph itself into a jacket until I was well over halfway done with it. So you just have to trust the the instructions are right and plow on. After you’ve knit one of them, I can imagine it would be a lot easier to knit another with mods, since you’ll have the concept down.
Heather T commented:
I have a couple of questions – what gauge did you get and what are the finished dimensions (chest circumference, sleeves, etc)?
My gauge was about 6 sts/inch using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport. The chest circumference is 20″, the length of the sleeve measured from underarm down to cuff is 4.5″, and the length of the jacket from neck to hem is 20″.
As a knitter who is usually doing color, or cables, or lace, was a garter stitch project boring for you?
No, it went by too quickly to be boring, really. And there is a lot going on in the pattern by way of shaping, so that keeps it entertaining. Also, I’ve been knitting stealth projects while I do the projects that appear on my blog, so there is some entertainment in variety.
Are there buttonholes on both sides of the front?
Yes there are! That’s the way it is designed. I think this is so you can knit the sweater ahead of time and then after the baby is born, when you find out if it is a girl or a boy, you can sew the buttons over the holes on the appropriate side. Clever, no?
While I know that the baby is going to be a boy, I decided to go ahead and knit it as written for 2 reasons. Reason number 1 — it’ll be easy to place the buttons on it because the holes show exactly where to put them. Reason number 2, while I was knitting I couldn’t remember which side you put the buttons for a boy and was too lazy to find out. It’s the right side for boys, right?
Can the BSJ be made for an older child easily? I’m thinking about getting a couple of EZ books and have a few 2nd cousins that are wee ones (from 6mo to 2 yrs) that I could make some of this for
The pattern is written so that you can change the size of the sweater depending on the weight of yarn and needle size. So yes, it can be sized up!
I did suck it up and make a little hat to go with it.
No pattern, just do 2×2 ribbing for 2 inches, then knit for 3 inches, then decrease down for the top. I started with 72 stitches on a 3.25mm needle for the ribbing and switched to a 3.5mm needle for the plain stockinette.
I did start a project in my lovely handspun laceweight merino/tencel blend laceweight (purchased from The Opalescence).
But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
Of course I had to go and do this:
“I know where you sleep. Be afraid.”