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Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket

If you have not heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann, you are missing a lot. A friend of mine recently said, “Sometimes you just have to realize you are in the presence of knitting greatness. Not only was she a great knitter, she was also an engineer.”

The following are a series of pictures of a completed Baby Surprise Jacket, using the written instructions from her book, The Opinionated Knitter. You start by casting on a lot of stitches and then decreasing within the row on each side to create a mitered corner.

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You then knit even for a few rows.

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You bind off a few stitches for the collar.

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Now you start increasing for a bit to create the back of the sweater. No matter how it looks if you follow the instructions to the letter it will all work out, but just about now I had doubts.

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Here is where the fun or magic is, folding the completed sweater like it is paper origami.

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It is unbelievably cool to finish folding this sweater and realize you only have two seams to complete across the sleeve.

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Because I could not leave a perfect item alone, I added an I-cord around the neckline, instead of the suggested buttons. And will finish the trim in a crochet crab stitch.

Too cute, isn’t it!

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