The ruminations of an artist on art & life...art quilts, beading, knitting, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking are all my passions, I love to explore creating....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

BABY surprise! SWEATER

My daughters keep telling me this soon to be born baby boy is going to be the best dressed baby on the West Coast if I keep this up--but, hey--I have only knit 2 sweaters so far...

This one is the (in)famous Elizabeth Zimmermann BABY SURPRISE SWEATER. I rarely knit from patterns --- and so I had to get the DVD (here) to be able to follow this pattern. Watching the DVD as I knit this up really did make this a piece of cake to knit. This pattern is so popular that there are a zillion of these on Ravelry, and Elizabeth Zimmermann has so many followers --with blog devoted to knitters who love her and her patterns : Zimmermania. I first discover Elizabeth via her book KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS



in about 1975--and the very first sweater I knit was from that book--a Tom Tom sweater--knit with yarn I spun....

Appealing how the stripes work out on the front and the back of the sweater--huh? This knits up fast as it is all done in the knit stitch (no pearling). I knit it in organic washable wool--in colors the Mom-to-be picked out.


Next a toddler size in many bright colors....

2 comments:

Mary Timme said...

One family of grandchildren arrived late, while the other was always 'can you carry it that long and live?' sort of situation. I never knit much of anything for them. What was I thinking? But I did weave blankets or make quilts for almost all of them.

I used to do the Elizabeth Zimmerman knitting a lot also. It is fun and fast, but as a continental knitter, I had to do untwist each stich after the first two rows. Sigh!

freebird said...

I've seen the pattern (as I have the books) but I've never made one. I hope you get some good pictures of baby wearing it.