Knitting: The Baby Surprise Jacket
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One of the most unique and ingenius of all of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann's designs, the Baby Surprise Jacket was introduced in 1968, and has grown in popularity ever since. Meg Swansen takes you step by step through the jacket construction, including:long tail cast on, double decreasing / increasing, adding colors, baby buttonholes, casting off in purl, sewing a seam / darning in ends. Bonus material includes :addition of collar, continuous line throughout the jacket, matching bonnet, knitting small circumferences on 2 circular needles, invisible cast on, and I-cord techniques.
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Meg shows you lots of little tips and tricks that you can use or not as you knit this sweater or any other. Meg demonstrates how she does pairs of increases and decreases. She shows buttonholes and even a few tips using the long tail cast on method. There is additional instruction on making a collar for the sweater and knitting a matching baby hat.
The video sound and picture are both very clear. You can really see what Meg is doing. She does a lot of the knitting outdoors in a beautiful woodland in Autumn. This is one of the best videos on knitting that I have seen.
My math is NOT what it should be so this really helped me. I'd like to make the jacket in an adult size but will have to adjust my head for the sizing. lol Hope it doesn't take me another year to get up the courage to give it a try.
So. While I have not personally used this item, I can say that it appears to be a wonderful resource, and wouldn't mind watching it myself.
Now, I can't wait to finish the current baby sweater to have another peaceful interlude - this time with yarn and needles in hand! - with Meg Swanson.