Saturday, August 18, 2007

Baby Surprise Jacket Question

I read somewhere about making the BSJ from self-striping sock yarn. I've done a few rows. Maybe I'm just being impatient, but I'm wondering how this will work out with the long rows -- will I have stripes? The beauty of this pattern is in the simplicity of the garter stitch and the corners, I don't want to continue much longer if I won't be happy with what I'm making. Any thoughts?

Mary Ann


  • it depends on how long the stripes in the yarn are

    By Blogger the_crocheter, at 11:33 AM  

  • If the piece you are knitting now has stripes, then your final jacket will have stripes. If not, then the yarn you are using does not have long enough runs of each color.

    By Blogger Emily, at 3:54 PM  

  • I would expect sock yarn to make a very small BSJ indeed. Are you getting the recommended gauge? As for the stripes, I'd agree with emily's assessment

    By Blogger Eudyptes, at 5:44 PM  

  • I do believe that I will be much happier if I get the yarn recommended for the jacket and use the sock yarn for... socks. Thanks for the input.

    By Blogger Topaz, at 11:50 PM  

  • I have made a baby surprise jacket in Opal DK flamingo colourway and was very pleased with the result. There was no pooling of colours and a good element of randomness but don't expect stripes as they appear on the yarn label illustration.i intend to try a tiger one next.
    Can't post a pic because jacket has already gone to the baby.

    By Blogger Helen, at 1:56 AM  

  • helen, how many skeins of opal did it take to make your BSJ? What size needles did you use?

    I have thought abbut making one for a new baby in sock yarn myself. Thanks for any input you have.

    By Blogger Patti, at 1:37 PM  

  • I think that EZ would have told you to GO FOR IT! Perhaps not in those words but hey, she's right. If you want a fine, thin yarn for the jacket it will take longer but if you watch that gauge I think anythings possible. I look forward to seeing the photos. I make a pair of socks a week so I have alot of grand sock yarn and I'm sure it will look great!

    By Anonymous Wendy, at 9:32 AM  

  • Drum roll, please. I have made a decision. I'm doing the BSJ in an Open sock yarn, not the striped one I originally started, I'm leaving that for socks. But I've got neon, #1930 -- mainly it's red and turquoise. I changed needle sizes to get gauge and I'm merrily knitting along, slowly but surely. (I aspire to be able to knit quickly enough to knit a pair of socks in a week, Wendy). I'll put up a photo in a few days. I'm hoping it will be for a girl baby, namely my 6th grandchild, only one of which is a girl so far. But the colors will do for a sweet boy also.

    By Blogger Topaz, at 8:42 PM  

  • Good grief, of course that would be Opel sock yarn, not Open.

    By Blogger Topaz, at 8:43 PM  

  • I am anxious to see how it looks!

    By Blogger Patti, at 5:23 AM  

  • Hi Patti - sorry for delay in replying - have been away.
    I used one ball of Opal 6 ply on 4mm needles. There will be yarn left over.
    I followed the EZ pattern to the letter and the jacket is approx 6 month size - too big for a newborn.
    Hope this helps!

    By Blogger Helen, at 7:21 AM  

  • Brooklyntweed did a beautiful BSJ in a variegated handspun of about 5 st per inch. His blog has many pictures and some good information.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 PM  

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