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Martha’s Baby Surprise Jacket

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket is a classic gift for expecting parents. Knit flat in one piece, the surprise comes at the end when this oddly-shaped piece of knitting becomes a jacket. Martha knit this one using 2 hanks of Claudia Hand Paints Fingering yarn.

Martha's Baby Surprise Jacket
Martha used a size 4 needle so the jacket would be slightly larger. You can also use DK instead of fingering weight yarn to make the jacket larger. A Baby Surprise Jacket in Kersti would be beautiful.

Another beautiful choice for the jacket is Anne from The Schaefer Yarn Company, which is a fingering weight, machine-washable blend of merino, mohair, and nylon. Forty gorgeous new hanks of Anne arrived yesterday, any one of which would be great. (Unfortunately, because we receive just 1 to 3 hanks of each color, Anne is only available in our retail location.)

Each time Anne arrives, I’m inspired to knit a pair of socks. The problem is that I’m the worst when it comes to Second Sock Syndrome (abbreviated as SSS and defined by as “…an affliction that prevents the victim from knitting the second sock of a pair.”) I tried to hold back, but inevitably failed.

Craig's Anne Sock
The shot of turquoise running through the reds and oranges just called to me.

I always start my socks with 72 stitches and a few inches of knit 2, purl 2 rib. Where we go from there this time, I haven’t yet decided.

2 thoughts on “Martha’s Baby Surprise Jacket

  1. Have you tried making two at the same time? Its easy and they turn out exactly the same. The book I use the most is 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. She has a really good explanation and tutorial at the beginning of the book.

  2. That’s a great suggestion, Cindy. Thanks!

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