One of the great things about hanging out at a fabulous knit shop is the friendships you form and the ways you get to celebrate those friendships. At Lettuce Knit, our knit-pal Jenn is having her second baby and of course, that's a great excuse to knit up super cute baby clothes.
For me it was a chance to finally knit an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. I've never done one before, I bought Knitting Workshop a few years ago so I would have the pattern, and then I completely forgot about it. I also didn't get organized enough to knit something until 2 weeks before the shower, so something tiny was also on the menu.
What a fun pattern. It really is a surprise for the knitter, since the pattern has none of the usual benchmarks that tell you it's a sweater as opposed to a hat or socks. You know, things like sleeves or any sense of what the heck the shape is going to be. So I just did what the pattern told me, and waited for it to become a jacket.
Can you see it?
I decided to skip the button holes and leave it as an open jacket. I can always add a tie if Jenn would prefer it. I did an i-cord bind off to add a little something to the edges, and even used the i-cord to seam together the jacket at the shoulders. I picked up stitches from both edges and knit them together with the last stitch of the i-cord. I really like the effect of i-cord with handpainted yarn. The Socks that Rock Midweight was the perfect yarn to use (the colour is a rare gem--nice and gender neutral and perfect for an autumn baby).
I can't wait to meet the baby and see him/her in this sweater!