I don't wanna...(1st EZ BSJ)

I don't want to finish this. I'm having too much fun handing this amorphous piece of knitting to friends to see if they can figure out what it actually is. Besides, it's already too small for the baby I intended it for. I'm sure there will be more, and I'll be motivated to finish it when the next one's on the way, but for now, I'm really enjoying this!

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YugiDean's picture

Beautiful color choices. What yarn are you using?

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jessemkahn's picture

that is ADORABLE. you will have one warm, stylin', and happy baby.

TomH's picture

I've heard so much about this pattern lately. How difficult or confusing is the pattern? I'm thinking maybe I should knit one for an upcoming niece/nephew.

ronhuber's picture

I have knit so many of these. Every one is different as it depends on yarn, needles, and colour. Yours is especially beautiful. The main colour would suit any baby and your accent colours were such good choices. You will have to knit another for the intended baby with bigger needles and heavier wool - or do the Adult (Child) Surprise Jacket.

TomH's picture

What would be a good yarn weight and needle size for a newborn to 3 month baby. I know that's a big age span ... but somewhere in that size range would be good.

ronhuber's picture

This is just from experience with my tension.
New Born - fingering weight with 3mm (American 2 or 3)
6 month - Sport Weight with 3.5mm - 3.75mm(American 4 or 5)
9 month - DK with 4.5mm (American 7)
1 year - WW with 5mm (American 8)
Toddler - Chuncky with 6.5mm (American l0.5)
Of course you can go up and down with the needle size in each yarn group to make bigger and smaller sweaters. For example, if you use Fingering Weight and 3.5 needles the sweater might be good for up to 6 months. Experiment, experiment, experiment.

TomH's picture

Thanks a bunch. This is very helpful.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice BSJ. As Ron said, great matching up of colors and stripes. Also...thanks, Ron, for that rough guide to sizing. It will really help for future projects. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Thinman's picture

Great Job! Any mother would be thrilled to receive such a lovely jacket for her baby. As the others have said, the color choices are beautiful.

rc_in_sd's picture

Thanks a lot for the kind remarks, guys. I made this with Stylecraft Merino in DK weight. It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the main color is sort of a dusty purple.

Tom, it's not a difficult pattern at all. The cast-on edge goes from the cuff of one sleeve, up the top of the arm, across the back of the neck and down to the cuff of the other sleeve. All the shaping is done first by several rows with strategically placed decreases, a few rows of working straight and then several more rows of increases. It's a lot of fun to see it take shape as you work. I followed the pattern in EZ's Knitting Workshop, and though those instructions are sparser than I'm used to, if I can figure it out, you'll have no problem!

TomH's picture

Thanks. Can't wait to get the pattern, some yarn and cast on.

grandcarriage's picture

That's really cool. I've always wanted to do one of these, but never have. So...now I understand what the surprise is.

You did a great job. I heard they were addicting!