Saturday, July 14, 2007


First: I'm in Ravelry. Got an invitation yesterday and started discovering that constantly growing and interesting community straight away. It'll take some time to settle in with my UFOs, WIPs, stash and accessories, but it'll be worth while.

Now something that is ready. Finally.

I saw Elisabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket for the first time few months ago. I thought it's a clever idea, but wasn't tempted enough to buy the pattern. A month ago I found from local market an amazingly soft handspun merino from Southern Italy and thought that it would be fantastic to knit something in garter stitch. And then I remembered EZ's jacket. But I didn't want to buy the pattern (I was in the midst of packing before a big move and long vacation away from home, so it would have arrived to me probably not before September) and wanted to solve the mystery myself. I surfed around and read some comments from which I understood that it is based on mithered square and it's about double increases and decreases. So I started knitting it. I don't think I've ever ripped and reknit an item this many times before. After the 3rd attempt, I had figured out how it worked, but couldn't get the sizing right. Once over that part it was an easy knit. And I am tremendously happy that I finished it :)

So it's not EZ Baby Surprise Jacket, but she was the inspiration and motivation. Thank You, so much!

Yarn: 1,5 skeins of handspun natural white merino from Puglia (DK) and Noro Silver Thaw (wool 50%, angora 25%, nylon 25%) colorway 09 about 15 grams.
Needles: 4 mm Addi Circulars

The sleeves with this techique never come full-sized, in Inspiration's case it was less than elbow length, so I had to lengthen it somehow. I tried picking up stitches in regular way, it wasn't nice, I think it can only be done without leaving obvious line if you are using colors. So I decided do follow the clue of the full construction and knit mithered squares inbetween and then picked up stitches to continue.
Noro Silver Thaw is a difficult yarn (uneven color sections, scratchy and uneven surface) to knit I-cord with, but without a doubt it was the best option for this edging.


Elisabetta said...

Molto bella la giacchetta, Ing. Sembra simile alla versione da adulti della BSJ. Complimenti!

Ing. said...

Grazie, Elisabetta, dire la verita' non sapevo che esiste anche il versione per gli adulti. per me sembra un design scomoda per grandi perche e' troppo "quadrato"

Alessia said...

Un cardigan veramente delizioso e belle anche le foto!

Elisabetta said...

Sei ancora a Milano alla fine di luglio? io vengo in Italia (abito ad Amburgo)venerdì e volevo provare a venire a Milano, a vedere il negozio Un Filo di. Magari ci si potrebbe incontrare anche con Typesetter...
La Adult Surprise Jacket è meno quadrata.
ciao Betta

Ing. said...

Ciao, Elisabetta
Saro' a Milano per qualche giorno dal 24 luglio. Sarebbe bello incontrarti, scrivici ( e proviamo trovare una soluzione.

knitaly said...

Molto bella! Mi piace molto come hai risolto il problema delle maniche troppo corte, infatti avevo notato come le proporzioni dell'originale BSJ fossero adatte alla taglia "toddlers"!