Friday, August 24, 2007

BSJ Information Table

I have started a very simple table geared towards collecting information about size, gauge, yardage, dimensions, etc., for making the Baby Surprise Jacket in various sizes and yarn weights. The information listed so far is from the people who responded when I expressed an interest in this project some time ago. I would like to add to it so am posting this request for more data. So far the headings I am using are: Size, Yarn Weight, Yarn Name, Yardage, Needle Size, Gauge, Dimensions, and Comment. It is not necessary to have detailed records, any information you can contribute will be a help to the knitter planning his/her first Baby Surprise Jacket.

One other thing, if you know how to post a downloadable pdf file I would appreciate help. I'm looking for a way to make this hopefully evolving table easily available without compromising email addresses. Do you think I should set up a specific blog to gather and post this information?


  • Fantastic idea! After making at least 10 BSJ's in various sizes, I've been wanting a resource like this. I would also be interested in the age range that the final product fit, as I always seem to anticipate the wrong age dimensions...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

  • I just made a bsj in knitpicks' swish superwash (worsted, though I've always felt their worsteds were on the light side) on size 5 needles. I made mine with stripes, but you could definitely make it with 3 balls of one color. A quick gauge check came out at about 5.5 st/in. The bottom circumference is 19 in and cuff-to-cuff measurement is 17 in. Sorry, I don't know how this translates to baby sizes. The yarn is soft with a nice texture, but was difficult to weave the seams with because it splits easily

    By Blogger Eudyptes, at 1:59 PM  

  • There's a wiki site devoted to the BSJ already. Maybe the info could be posted there?

    By Blogger Leslie, at 2:43 PM  

  • You are wonderful to do this (I'm surprised Meg Swansen hasn't already). I hope a BSJ is in my immediate future, but some help would be great.

    By Anonymous Luise, at 2:58 PM  

  • I couldn't find anything specifically on the BSJ in Wikipedia, although it's mentioned in the article about EZ. Do you have more information about how to find this? Thanks!

    By Blogger ejmh, at 3:21 PM  

  • This has already been done in Ravelry. There are 370 BSJ projects and 123 blog posts currently. There is also a group devoted to EZ information. When Ravelry is open to the public you will be able to get so much info about ANY pattern, person, yarn, etc. This site will knock your socks off. Hopefully everyone will be able to take advantage of Ravelry soon.

    I applaud you for wanting to help others with this wonderful item.

    By Anonymous RS, at 3:58 PM  

  • The wiki site is in KnitWiki, not Wikipedia: it's at http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Baby_Surprise_Jacket, or if that gets mangled, try http://tinyurl.com/249d55

    By Blogger Helen, at 5:33 AM  

  • I compared felting a stockinette swatch and garter stitch swatch of some Cascade 220 yarn. I definitely perferred the outcome of the stockinette stitch and didn't like the texture of the felted garter stitch swatch. The ridges still showed after felting.

    By Blogger metcalfbibb, at 10:19 PM  

  • Sorry on that last post - I wrote something about BSJ and it picked up an old comment on another post from somewhere.

    I meant to say that I think this is a great idea and I'd love to have this info. on BSJ. I'm making one right now with Lorna's Laces worsted weight yarn and I'll send the information when it's finished.

    RS - I wanted to know where this type of information about BSJ is on Ravelry. Do you mean that you can look at information about each person's BSJ? I didn't find information about guage or finished dimensions. Am I missing something on that site?

    Thanks -

    By Blogger metcalfbibb, at 10:31 PM  

  • Hi,
    I wanted to say that I just got a DVD of Meg Swansen knitting the BSJ and explaining it as she knits. VERY cool. I am really into making this jacket and will post it when I am done.

    Knit On,

    By Blogger yarnmaniac, at 6:05 PM  

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