Oh Baby.

January 26, 2008 by Peggy Baby:

SURPRISE!!

I think this is my favorite unvention yet. So. Friggin. Cute. The Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, with a few unventions of my own. Yarn: Light green- Plymouth Galway Highland Heather 90 gms. Purpley- Knitpicks Telemark Mineral Heather 130 gms. Light beige- random worsted wool from a ravelled hat my grandmother made several decades ago. Needles: US sz. 4 / 3.50 mm Gauge: 20 sts over 4 inches / 5 spi

At 158 sts work 22 ridges on the center 90 sts. Split for legs ± 44 sts each ± leaving 2 center stitches for the crotch. . Option: To make a join-less suit pick-up sts along the inside of the first leg. Those 34 sts have already been knit to begin the border row.See the second generation ³join-less and improved´ version here on Ravelry. then begin knitting the second leg. There should be 34 live stitches from the neck edge to the miter corner. Border: When legs are complete break wool (leaving live cuff stitches on a holder) and go back to the miter corner on the left belly ± where you abandoned the row to start lengthening the body. work the 2 crotch sts. so start picking up the rest of the border on the ridge below. Work 22 ridges for each leg. Extension Pattern Instructions: note: you will still need EZ¶s instructions. If you start all the way at the neck you¶ll have 2 rows of stockinette instead of perfect garter stitch.

On the next row ± WS ± you will need to pick up sts on the inside of the first leg you encounter. sew in snap tape. and up the outside of the opposite leg. turn and begin working border. If desired: Add snowcuffs and bootees and hood in softer wool. Work 3 more ridges. Bind off as directed. Knit all live stitches and pick up stitches -one stitch per ridge. . Stay calm.all the way around to the right neck edge. Knit on. Place markers at cuff and crotch corners. Sew on lots of buttons. After 3 ridges put in buttonholes all along one side from neck to leg cuff. Because you will be picking up sts on both RS and WS. and the outside of the second leg you encounter. there are 6 corners. On your second ridge of border decrease the leg cuffs by *K2 K2tog K1 K2tog* across. all the way up to the 34 abandoned miter stitches. increasing 2 sts every second row at each marker. This is one helluva lot of stitches.Option: for perfect garter stitch and a joinless suit: After working the second leg pickup sts on outside of the leg and up to the right-hand neck edge. Option for a small infant: Do not incorporate any buttonholes. however« the border adds so much width to the leg cuffs that the sharper decrease more closely resembles the sleeve cuffs. make sure you are happy with both. A perfect mirror to the sleeve cuff increases would be *K2 K2tog* across.

Enjoy! ADVER TI SEMENT .There you have it.

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