Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Surprise Jacket

Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Surprise Jacket

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  1. Knitting EZ's Adult Surprise Jacket Streaming Video
    $25.00

    Knit along and make Elizabeth Zimmermann's Adult Surprise Jacket with master teacher Meg Swansen. Meg is with you for every step of the construction, clearly demonstrating each technique, including casting on provisionally, marking stitches, decreasing and increasing, picking up stitches, binding off, knitting I-Cord, and much more. Plus Meg demonstrates a new technique for Hidden I-Cord buttonholes worked on raw stitches. Meg pays special attention to the finishing details of this garment (curved neckline, border treatment, buttonhole spacing, and 3-Needle I-Cord bind off), addressing common issues that sometimes puzzle knitters as they work. Streaming video. approx. 70 minutes Learn More
  2. The Complete Surprise: Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket

    From $19.95

    The Complete Surprise book by Cully Swansen is truly a complete guide to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Surprise Jacket - filled to the brim with exciting projects for absolute beginner to experienced knitter! Most people learn to knit by making a simple scarf. The Complete Surprise uses this approach, with a twist: New knitters start with Cully's Surprise Scarf, knit with a unique shape and incorporating all the basic knitting techniques needed to make Elizabeth Zimmermann’s iconic Baby Surprise Jacket. Move from the Scarf to the Baby Surprise Jacket and knit one of the most popular knitting designs ever, with a wealth of optional variations. Add colors when and where you like, to create a one-of-a-kind look. Next try the brand-new variations: Surprise Dress, Surprise Bolero, and Surprise Snuggle Suit, along with the classic EZ Surprise Bootees and Surprise Bonnet.

    Plus, with Cully's revolutionary analysis of EZ’s design and new approach to sizing, the book enables you to knit a Jacket of any size (Adult, Baby or Child) that is custom fit (in body circumference, body length, sleeve depth and sleeve length) using the wool, needles and gauge of your choice! Advanced knitters can incorporate new options from a curved neck to waist shaping, and the colorful Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket is covered in detail. 104 pages. Softcover.

    Add the EZ Knitting Calculator for Surprise Jackets. You choose the dimensions and gauge you want and the Calculator generates row-by-row instructions for a baby, child, or adult Surprise Jacket. The calculator is a digital product, accessible through your account with downloadable instructions.

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  3. 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
  4. The Complete Surprise Kit
    $48.00

    Surprise yourself (or someone else) with The Complete Surprise Kit, which includes: -the new book The Complete Surprise: Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket -a surprise color of Swedish Gradient dyed wool- enough to knit the Surprise Scarf, which is the first project in the book -3 skeins of Blackberry Ridge wool in 3 coordinating surprise colors - enough to knit the Baby Surprise Jacket. A few of the possible color combinations we may surprise you with are shown at left; we are not set up to offer choices. Comes in box with white exterior/brown interior for presentation (double-boxed for shipping to keep the presentation box pristine); items are nestled in white tissue paper, with a Schoolhouse Press sticker label closure. Makes a great gift item, even for new knitters who - by knitting the unique Surprise Scarf - learn all the techniques they need to progress to the Baby Surprise Jacket.

    Each kit has a unique combination of colors for a true surprise! Kit price represents a 20% discount from retail cost of items purchased separately. Limited Supply. Non-refundable. Kit orders may take an extra 1-2 days to be proces Learn More

  5. 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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  6. Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket - SPP41

    Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket - SPP41

    Elizabeth Zimmermann/Cully Swansen

    From $11.99

       For those knitters ready to take Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket to the next level, Cully Swansen has adapted his grandmother's iconic design into a circular stranded version that can be knit in the round in patterned Stocking stitch. Retaining the shape, construction and mystery of the original Garter stitch version, the CSSJ includes multiple sizes for babies, adults, or children, and now features Cully’s new sizing formula for you to knit your own custom dimensions! Fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs, charts, and templates.
       Print version comes in a 3-hole, archival quality sheet protector.

    For only $24.95, get the Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket pattern, along with the Baby Surprise Jacket, Adult Surprise Jacket, and variations in the book  The Complete Surprise: Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Jacket

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  7. Baby Surprise Jacket Streaming Video
    $20.00

       One of the most unique & ingenious of all of Elizabeth Zimmermann's designs, the BSJ was introduced in 1968, and has grown in popularity ever since. Meg Swansen guides you step by step through the jacket construction, including: long tail cast on, double decreasing / increasing, adding colors, baby buttonholes, casting off in purl, and sewing a seam / darning in ends.
       With bonus material of: a collar, a 'continuous line' throughout the jacket, a matching bonnet, knitting small circumferences on 2 circular needles, provisional cast on, and I-cord techniques. 1 hr 20 mins.
       High-speed Wi-Fi is necessary for the best streaming quality.
       Some reactions from knitters:
    “I enjoy knitting this little sweater as it is truly fun. I’ve made more than 50 in the last 3 years.”
    “This sweater is an engineering marvel.”
    “I’ve been making little people sweaters for at least 40 years and haven’t found an easier pattern yet; LOVE the BSJ.”

    Watch a sample of the streaming video below.

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  8. Baby Surprise Jacket DVD
    $25.00

       One of the most unique & ingenious of all of EZ’s designs, the BSJ was introduced in 1968, and has grown in popularity ever since. Meg Swansen guides the viewer step by step through the jacket construction, including: long tail cast on, double decreasing / increasing, adding colors, knitting up selvedges, baby buttonholes, casting off in purl, sewing a seam / darning in ends, and more.
       With bonus material of: a collar, a 'continuous line' throughout the jacket, matching bonnet, knitting small circumferences on 2 circular needles, provisional cast on, and I-cord techniques. 1 hr 20 mins. DVD.
       Some reactions from knitters:
    “I enjoy knitting this little sweater as it is truly fun. I’ve made more than 50 in the last 3 years.”
    “This sweater is an engineering marvel.”
    “I’ve been making little people sweaters for at least 40 years and haven’t found an easier pattern yet; LOVE the BSJ.”

    Learn More

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