Monday, February 6, 2012

February belongs to Elizabeth Zimmerman

Elizabeth Zimmerman is considered the mother of modern knitting. Her books, writings, and videos transformed the way we knit today. She was all about ease of construction and designing patterns with unlimited possibilities.


I am still quite new to EZ as her true fans like to call her, but the more I learn about her, her patterns, and her free-spirited knitting style the more I adore her.

February is her month because of the famous February Baby Sweater from her Knitter's Almanac. This sweater has spun off into an adult size February Lady Sweater, Pullover, and Baby Blanket as well as bonnets, hats, socks, tank tops, scarves and more! You just have to search "February" in the Ravelry patterns to see all the many patterns inspired by that one baby sweater.


This month I am celebrating Elizabeth with my online knitting friends by knitting Elizabeth's famous Baby Surprise Jacket. While the February Baby Sweater has 6,851 documented projects listed on Ravelry, the BSJ has 16,644!


I am halfway through the Schoolhouse Press line by line pattern (the original pattern is written in a conversational way and I was too scared to try to follow it!).


The "surprise" is that the sweater is knitted in all one piece and then folded up in the end to become the sweater! More BSJ posts to come as I plan to knit a girl version as well! Also, just in case you were wondering, David's vest is complete (just sewing in the last few ends), and as soon as I can get him to model it for photos you will get to see my first finished sweater of 2012!


  1. This is one of the patterns that makes me want to learn knitting. Don't you think if I can knit a dishrag, then I can knit this sweater?

    1. Basically! Though you will have to be comfortable increasing and decreasing as that is DEFINITELY a requirement with this one!

  2. A very awesome blog post! Can't wait to see your picture of the finished sweater.

  3. LOVE the blog and the BSJ is awesome :) Yey you! xxx


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