Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Latestet Knitting Obsession

Any one have any idea what these knitted items should be?  They are knitted in one piece, many on the bias.  It's reversible and has button holes on both sides.

These are Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jackets.  After a couple quick folds the odd shapes above turn into the most adorable baby sweaters.  I've mentioned before my love of anything by Elizabeth Zimmerman.   This pattern is so easy and I can finish one sweater on the trip to Bowmanville -always a bonus.  What is really cool is that you change sweater size by changing the gauge of wool used.  These sweaters are newborn size and made 6 stitches to the inch.  The year old size is made with 5 stitches to the inch.  In fact, apparently,  you should be able to make an adult size sweater with 2.5 stitches to the inch.  I may try to make one for my Mom, she loves big, heavy sweaters.

If you knit for new babies and want an easy, quick sweater give the Baby Surprise Jacket a try.  It's good even if you don't know if the baby is a boy or girl yet.  The button holes get made on both sides, so you just sew the buttons onto the correct size while closing up the extra holes.  This also ensures the right placement of the buttons.


Niki said...

I've been so interested in these for a couple of years now, and I want to try but..time, nervousness, busyness, you know...

Did you use self striping yarn? What weightof wool would you use for a 1 year old?

Are they difficult?

Maybe I will give it a try after Christmas....too busy with gifts right now.

You are so talented Paula!

Paula said...

These are so easy. Nearly foolproof, so long as you keep the stitches marked and the count right. I like that there is no measuring, you can't cheat and stretch the knitting to make it 'long enough'. I used the self-striping sock wool (Kroy) for newborn size. I think the new Astra would knit up to the 5 stitches needed for size 1. Give them a try!