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FOs-First BSJ and Another Fitted Knit

I have finally finished my Baby Surprise Jacket, designed by the famous knitgoddess, Elizabeth Zimmermann. I used two skeins of dreamy Malabrigo in the colorway Violettas that I received as a xmas present last year. I added Orchid later to create some nice contrast. I love it!

At first, I was not sure about this pattern. It is quite ingenious, however, EZs directions were just not making sense to me. I searched the web for answers and found just what I needed. I found notes compiled by Dawn Adcock that made a line-by-line detail, plus this DVD!

Meg Swanson is terrific, and she teaches the project beautifully. Woo hoo! I was able to complete it without any problem, and it fit Amelia. I may lengthen the sleeves, but I may leave it as is. I definitely plan to make more of these. You can use any kind of yarn and you can be quite creative with it. I got the duck buttons at my new LYS, Needles in the Haymarket.

I also just finished the Thick and Thin Cardigan Coat from Fitted Knits. (Note the two greens are not as contrasting as they are in the photo). I didn’t like the way my button hole band turned out, so I ripped it out and redid it. I am very glad I took the time to do that, even though I hate ripping. My local Sit and Knit group lent moral support while I did, so that helped the process. I think I found the perfect buttons for it. Now, we really need some cooler weather.

So, this makes 5 completed projects from Fitted Knits with one in the works. The question remains, should I start another? I am trying to decide between the Puff Sleeved Cardi, the Bluebell Boatneck, the Alexandra Ballet Top and the Back to School Vest. Probably the Bluebell Boatneck. What do you think–pink or black?

Check out my cool buttons!



  Minnesota Mazzio’s wrote @

It looks great…the video makes things so much easier..


  Robin C wrote @

where did you find the video?

  Jude wrote @

Beautiful BSJ. I am making one from the EZ-BSJ pattern that was in the Fall 1999 Knitter’s magazine because I could make no sense of the pattern as written by EZ. But there is no mention of where to put buttonholes, and since it is a mystery as it is being knitted, I cannot guess. Any hints? Where did you get the DVD?

  yarnmaniac wrote @

I got the DVD at http://www.SpinBlessing.com and it’s from Schoolhouse Press.


  yarnmaniac wrote @

PS: I didn’t think to look there at the time, but I just found the DVD on Amazon, too.

Happy BSJing!

  Miss Scarlett wrote @

Wow! Nice jacket. Everyone seems to be making those. They look a little like IQ puzzles – thanks for the links/info on tips. 🙂

Oooh – I think you should go for the ballet top. So elegant.

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