Chance are you've heard of the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman – it has over 28,000 projects listed on Ravelry! Kelley recently cast the jacket on using Hikoo Simplicity Spray in Pebbles and has a few tips for those starting this popular knitting pattern. 

The Baby Surprise Jacket is a "surprise" because it's worked almost entirely in garter stitch. The Centered Double Decrease is used to help form the sleeves. It's so easy, this project is great for socializing or watching TV! 

How to Purchase the Baby Surprise Jacket Pattern

When you look on Ravelry, there are several options to grab this pattern – but not within Ravelry. Kelley ended up purchasing the book, The Complete Surprise, on Amazon. She also downloaded the PDF through Schoolhouse Press, which is ran by Zimmerman's daughter. There are a few other ways to purchase, like in bundles with other patterns and publications. 

Tips for the Centered Double Decrease & Fixing Fallen Stitches

 

In the Technique Tuesday video above, Kelley explains how to do the special decrease that forms the "surprise" of this jacket! She also shows how to fix things if your stitches fall off the needles while working on this pattern. 

Next week Kelley will cover techniques for finishing the Baby Surprise Jacket. 

Meg Bateman
Meg Bateman



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