Sunny surprise!

Quick, grab those sunshades…If the previous FO was a bit bright, here is something even worse brighter.


Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is a truncated version of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket. It’s a great pattern and truly surprising! When I was making it, I thought it would end up like this:


When I finished knitting, it looked like this:
The BSJ before assembly

And when sewn up, it looked as in the first photo above. Here’s how the back looks:

BSJ back

Here are the pattern details.

Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky that Cordelia sent me. I was wary of what to do with such lively colours, when Rosi suggested I make a Baby Surprise. See, that’s why I like associating with creative people: they take me out of my uncreative, dull thinking.

Needles: Denise #10 1/2 6.5mm circular

Pattern: A truncated version of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket from The Opinionated Knitter, Knitting Workshop. It’s also available separately at the link above from Schoolhouse Press.

Time: 3 days?

Size: Toddler? 23″ around the chest, 10″ from shoulder to bottom, 21″from cuff to cuff.

Extra: #1 I’ve already almost finished a second one. This is such fun to make, and with the large gauge yarns I’m using, it works up very fast.

#2 I want to try this in stockinette, crochet and Tunisian crochet.

Sent this off with the Tomten and the Blocks and shells afghan to Hyderabad, where aunty (my friend’s mom) will collect it and take it when she goes to the US.


In books, I just finished Naked in Death (Eve Dallas murder series) by JD Robb (Nora Roberts). Futuristic police procedural with some er, hot scenes. I read just about anything, so don’t turn up your noses at me!



I went to my bank today to see if I could apply for a credit card (yes, I don’t have one and have been managing fine, but I need one to make bookings for my UK trip online). They told me I couldn’t get a card because

a. I don’t have an office address

b. I don’t have a credit card!

Dang, but this almost made me cry a third time in public. I’m blaming it on my need for sleep. Don’t want to think it’s anything else. Stoopid procedures. I know exactly what I’ll tell them next time I get a spam call offering to sell me a card.

Author: Swakrta

In love with sewing, weaving, crochet, and with bags and pouches and fabric. I love colour and pattern and texture. I love having my hands busy. Some day I hope my craft will become my day job.

6 thoughts on “Sunny surprise!”

  1. And you said there was nothing in the world you could make out of that gawd awful bright yarn, hmmmph! I am send a shipload next time, deal with it. ha!!!

    Swapna when shopping online I never use my regular credit cards but have purchased a “pre-paid” deal-i-o. Not sure if India has such a creature but one uses it just like a reg. CC only you yourself provide the funds on the card. Did that make sense? Amazon loves when I fill my faux cc. Much spending to be had, wink wink nudge nudge…..

  2. I love the design of the baby cardigan. I wonder if an adult-sized version would turn out so delightful…

    Credit cards are a necessary evil anymore. Best wishes in maintaining your sanity during this endeavor.

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