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  1. Butterfly Vest - SPP1

    Butterfly Vest - SPP1

    Elizabeth Zimmermann

    From $7.99

       This lovely Elizabeth Zimmermann garment was first published in 1956, yet it is perpetually modern. A quick and easy knit, the pattern features options like a seamless back, reversible Phoney Seam, and a braided selvedge. Includes a sizing chart. In our Ultra Alpaca, or Unspun Icelandic. A perfect accompanyment for any outfit!
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  2. EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets

    From $11.99

    The EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets is a digital product that generates custom row-by-row instructions for any size Baby, Child, or Adult Surprise Jacket. Access the calculator through your account, type in a few dimensions along with your gauge, click, and Voilà - you are given a set of row-by-row written instructions to read or print for the exact size jacket you wish to knit. It's surprisingly simple. Add The Complete Surprise book or the ABCSJ (Adult, Baby, and Child's Surprise Jacket) Pattern (SPP5) for details and illustrations on techniques, finishing, and variations--including color placement (stripes).

    Note that the calculator is a digital/virtual product. To gift this item to another knitter, please email us at info@schoolhouspress.com. Gifting this item is not possible through the site. Learn More
  3. Catnip Mouse Kit--Meg Swansen
    $15.95

    Knit a mouse for a furry friend, as a decoration, or just for fun! Meg’s ingenious, simple design is quite lifelike, and allows you to practice/learn various increases, decreases, I-cord, and saddling. Adjust your gauge to make a wide variety of sizes. The kit includes everything you need to knit multiple mice: Meg's Catnip Mouse Pattern (SPP68) in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector, a surprise of 2 colors of Shetland wool: one mouse-like shade, and one bright contrasting color - easily enough wool for at least 2 mice, and a bag of Mikey's Killer Catnip. Mikey’s Killer Catnip is harvested wild in Wisconsin and is field-tested to excite even the most jaded cat. Warning: It is not the wussy stuff you often find in cat toys. The kit is priced to give you a $2 discount (approx.) for purchasing the items together. Also note that this year’s catnip harvest is a limited supply - when it's gone, it's gone. Thanks to Marlene Reilly and Taco Cat--pictured at left.

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  4. Arch-Shaped Stocking - SPP2

    Arch-Shaped Stocking - SPP2

    Elizabeth Zimmermann

    From $7.99

       Elizabeth Zimmermann knitted the prototype for the arch shaped stockings in the 1960s. The wonderful shaping makes them quite sensuous as you slip them on and feel the arch snug up into the bottom of your foot. Working just from the prototype, Meg Swansen was able to recreate them and write detailed instructions for a pair of aran and a striking pair of two-color stockings. Also includes charts for alternate patterns such as an elegant Bavarian Twisted Stitch design, and 2 more two-color motifs in Scandinavian and Turkish styles. Instructions, charts, techniques and sizing guidelines.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  5. Box-the-Compass - SPP3

    Box-the-Compass - SPP3

    Elizabeth Zimmermann/Meg Swansen

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       Elizabeth and Meg collaborated on this ingenious variation on a Raglan yoke. They changed the decrease rate, and used the distinctive shaping lines (6, 8 or 10 - your choice) to accentuate the yoke. Techniques include: short row shaping, knitting up from Long Tail cast on, EZ's Phoney Seams, and more. Plus a description of how to calculate alternate decrease rates in varying yoke depths. Knit in our beautiful Canadian Regal wool. Multiple sizes.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  6. Two Yoke Sweaters - SPP4

    Two Yoke Sweaters - SPP4

    Elizabeth Zimmermann/Meg Swansen

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       Two beautiful Yoke sweaters from Elizabeth Zimmermann. Her daughter, Meg Swansen did the sleuthing and reknit these updated versions - one from a chart in EZ's journal and one pictured in a family photograph. The motifs are related, but distinct. Knit them in our feather-light Unspun Icelandic wool, or colorful Shetland Spindrift wool. Includes instructions (one cardigan, one pullover), charts, illustrations, and techniques like short rows, steeking, and weaving.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  7. ABCSJ (Adult, Baby, and Child's Surprise Jacket) - SPP5

    From $11.99

       Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket has truly proven to be timeless, growing in popularity since its conception in 1968. The Jacket is knitted back and forth in Garter stitch, then cleverly folded and completed by weaving the shoulder seams. Schoolhouse Press now offers the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern, The Complete Surprise book, which includes the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern and new surprise designs, and a revolutionary new product, the EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets, which allows you to generate row-by-row instructions for any size surprise jacket. Choose one or more below.

      The updated pattern includes Elizabeth's original Baby Surprise Jacket instructions, and now - thanks to Elizabeth's grandson Cully - there are new instructions for custom sizing the Surprise Jacket for anyone: baby, child, or adult. Knit from row-by-row instructions for Elizabeth's original BSJ numbers, or follow step by step instructions to size your own with the dimensions, yarn, and gauge of your choice. Includes notes on color placement, options for hood, collar and more -  plus instructions for EZ's Afterthought Pocket, One-Row buttonhole and more. The print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

      The first of our newest surprises for knitters, The Complete Surprise book (picture in thumbnails at left) includes everything you will find in the pattern, such as EZ's original instructions and Cully's new custom sizing, plus the Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket for two-color knitters, and the newly designed Surprise Dress, Surprise Shrug, Surprise Snuggle Suit. There's even a Surprise Scarf, which is a fun learn-to-knit project for beginners and an elegant garment for all.

       Add our second new surprise, the EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets to either the pattern or the book. The calculator is a digital product; you choose the dimensions and gauge you want and the Calculator generates easy to follow row-by-row instructions for your custom-sized baby, child, or adult Surprise Jacket for print or download. The pattern or the book gives you all the technique instruction and variations you need, while the calculator makes sizing the jacket for baby to adult simple.

       Translations: One free translation of EZ's original baby surprise jacket instructions in German, Icelandic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, or Swedish with purchase. If purchasing the digital version of the pattern, email info@schoolhousepress.com to ask for a translation. If ordering the print version of the pattern, let us know in the comments section of the order that you would like a translation.

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  8. Anna Makarovna's Secret Stockings - SPP6

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       Although Beverly Royce's book, Notes on Double Knitting, is out of print, we have made an instruction leaflet from one of the most requested patterns in that book: Anna Makarovna's Secret Stockings (from Tolstoy's War and Peace). Two socks knitted simultaneously - one inside the other! Beverly professes a unique method of Double Knitting; she writes, "It is a good way to test skills, mystify friends, challenge knitting abilities and patience, and amuse children." Recommended for experienced double Knitters -- or bold knitters who like to leap into the unknown.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  9. Near Solstice Shawl - SPP7

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       Bridget is truly an extraordinary lace innovator, never borrowing existing patterns from books, but designing each of her unique motifs from scratch and, when necessary, inventing techniques to realize her ideas. Here she artfully places the delicate footprints of birds in snow into a lovely triangular shawl - with a beautiful original Haiku knitted along the top edge. Full detailed instructions and charts.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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  10. Christmas Past Sweater - SPP8

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       Six lovely shades of Shetland Spindrift are melded perfectly in this pleasing Fair Isle. Dale was inspired by his childhood memories of Dickens', A Christmas Carol, "I wanted to show Christmas through the haze of memory, so instead of using deep true shades, I chose colors that were soft and muted to suggest shapes we associate with Christmas rather than being too representative." The result is quite beautiful, with a corrugated rib lower edge and matching neck and cuffs. Christmas Past originally appeared in a Land's End publication to celebrate hand-knitting. Written instructions, plus charts. Techniques include two methods for cutting steeks, three-needle bind-off and carrying three yarns.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

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