Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Baby Surplice problem

Has anyone else made the large size of this pattern? I cast on the 150 stitches and knit by the directions but I'm trying to decrease down to 100 stitches and am now at 7 inches of fabric and 18 stitches to go. Should I just start the sleeves now? The jacket is only supposed to be 9 inches tall. Is it taller before construction?

"Any help here would be hot" (Jar Jar Binks Star Wars- The Phantom Menace)


  • I made the baby surplice (as appearing in the latest Vogue Knitting) -aiming for the larger size. My gauge came out as 5 stitches to the inch (instead of the recommended 5.5 stitches) and after several tries, I was not happy with how big the 'baby' garment was coming out - so I changed the landmark numbers to 80% of what is written. I frogged and cast on 120 instead of the printed 150. My finished product is 9 inches 'tall' with the body looking a bit boxy (from hem to armpit is 5.5 inches, armpit to shoulder is 3.5 inches) - mine is solid instead of striped as the photographed example. In comparison, I think the stripes help distract from the boxiness of the sample... So the bottom line of my effort at help here is: have you checked your gauge?

    By Anonymous Pamela in VT, at 4:58 PM  

  • also - depending upon the looseness of your gauge - garter stitch can be very stretchy. Do a quick body-blocking (as they say) before you rip; you may get an extra inch or two of length.
    P.S. Babies ARE rather boxy in shape...

    By Anonymous meg, at 5:29 PM  

  • I just finished my second baby surplice. I made it to fit a six-month old (approximately). I cast on 140, but used a DK/light worsted weight yarn and US6 needles. I was very pleased with the result. The jacket is ten and a half inches from the neck to the bottom. It is for a baby girl, so I trimmed the neck edge and cuffs with little crocheted shells. Mine looks boxy too, but as others have pointed out, so are babies. :)

    By Anonymous Sheila in Michigan, at 10:28 PM  

  • is that THE Meg that left that comment? I have just got that magazine and all this advice is going to come in handy when I make my version...thank you Marianne

    By Blogger picperfic, at 12:53 AM  

  • Thank you all for your help. I did notice that my stitch gauge is 4 stitches/ridges to the inch instead of 5 or 5.5. I am using Bernats Cottentot on size 10's.
    (wow, ok right there huh?)
    Ok soI'll try that again WITH gauge.
    Thank you everyone!

    By Blogger Snarled Yarns, at 3:44 AM  

  • I am almost done with the baby surplice in Lorna's Laces worsted on size 8 needles. Mine is 10" wide below the sleeves and 9-1/2" long from the grafted shoulder seam to the bottom cast-on edge. It is 5-1/2" from the cast-on edge to where the increasing for the sleeves starts. It is 18" wide from sleeve to sleeve, excluding the ribbing I am adding to the sleeves. I cast on 140 stitches to make the smaller size. My gauge appears to be just over 5 stitches per inch.

    By Blogger karenthecomputerwife, at 8:50 AM  

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