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Baby Surprise Jacket

The Opinionated Knitter
Knitting Workshop
Schoolhouse Press #05, A-B-C-SJ (Adult, Baby, Child's Surprise Jacket)
Spun Out #01-B, Baby Surprise Jacket
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket DVD
Knitter's Magazine 14, Spring 1989
Knitter's Magazine 56, Fall 1999
Suuri käsityölehti 2/2011
January 1968
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch
one size

Note: Original publication date is 1968, as Newsletter #21.

Now available as Spun Out 1-B, from http://www.schoolhousepress.com/spunout.htm, in English, Spanish, French, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, German. Not currently available for download.

NEW PATTERN rewritten for modern knitters, and including sizes for babies, children, on to adult sizes. Available from Schoolhouse Press as a standalone pattern.
$12 plus postage
. Also not currently available for download.

The Baby Surprise Jacket was designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968 and remains a popular baby garment to this day. It is an excellent pattern for making use of oddments of yarn or self striping yarns with long color repeats, but looks equally nice knit in a single color with a contrasting button band.

The jacket is knit in a single piece with just two seams that run across the shoulders and down the length of the sleeves. It includes extra ease across the back of the garment to fit well over a nappy (diaper).

Commonly referred to as the “BSJ”, the baby surprise jacket is “a very entertaining piece of knitted engineering”

3 oz. of baby wool (6 sts to 1”) (sport-weight to dk)
2 skeins Fisherman Yarn (5 sts to 1”) (dk to worsted)

1 pr. needles to give you either of these gauges.

This pattern first appeared in Newsletter #21, Fall 1968.

See the Baby Surprise Jacket Group’s BSJ Wiki for links, sizing help, tips, resources and alternative options.

NB: The pattern is missing from some older printings of Knitting Workshop; the page is blank.