Baby Surprise Sweater: 3 Sun: Jul 14, 28, Aug 4; 1:00 pm start, length varies
Instructor: Diane Pearsall
Dates: 3 Sundays: July 14, 28, and August 4; Class sessions will all start at 1:00 pm, but vary in length. Sessions on July 14 & August 4 run from 1-2:30 pm, July 28 from 1:00-3:00. Note that there is a one-week break between the 1st & 2nd sessions.
First published in 1968, Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket has become a knitting classic! The unique construction of this garment and the mystery of how it finally becomes a sweater make it a really interesting project. Since it is primarily knit in garter stitch, this little sweater is easily achievable by even beginning knitters.
During the course of this 3 session class you will be making a small baby/toddler size sweater, but everything you learn can also be scaled up for a child- or adult-sized sweater, too! Instructions for all sizes are included in the pattern.
This class will cover the construction of the Baby Surprise Jacket with a plain neckline. An optional collar or hood can be added after the main construction is finished. If you think you might want to add a collar, please register for the "Baby Surprise Jacket Add-On: Optional Collar" class that will meet the week after this class finishes.
Skill Level: To be successful in this class, you must be comfortable with casting on, and making knit, purl, and slip stitches. There is HOMEWORK to complete before the first class (See below)
Homework to be completed before 1st class: Cast on 160 stitches with your chosen yarn on your circular needles. Bring the cast-on stitches on your needles to the 1st class.
Supplies to bring to class: (registered students receive 10% off class supply purchases, excluding patterns)
Note about size & yarn choices: The finished size of a Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) is determined by yarn weight and gauge. Knitting at 6 stitches/inch with fingering weight yarn will produce an infant size BSJ. Fewer stitches per inch -- achieved with heavier weight yarn -- will increase the finished size. For this class, we are recommending a DK or Worsted Weight yarn so you can more easily see your stitches and finish your jacket more quickly. This produces a BSJ that is child-sized rather than infant-sized.
- Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Adult, Baby, & Child Surprise Jacket" (Schoolhouse Press #5), available for purchase in the shop or online
- Yarn: Choose more than one color if you want to make stripes. Approximately yardages are:
- Fingering weight (6st/inch): 400-500 yards
- DK / Worsted (5st/inch): 450-550
- Aran (4st/inch): 500-600
- Needles: 30" or 40" circular needle in the size suggested on the ball band for your chosen yarn
- Notions: Safety-pin style stitch markers, row counter, pencil, paper for note-taking
* See the main Classes page for our policy about class changes and cancellations.