The Baby Surprise Jacket has only grown in popularity since Elizabeth Zimmermann knit the first one for her grandson, Cully, 50 years ago! Now, coming full-circle, Cully has designed a pair of Surprise Vests, which, similar to the BSJ, capture the exciting transformation that - with a couple of folds - turns a mysterious mass of knitting into a beautiful garment.
The elegant Fair Isle Surprise Vest is truly revolutionary for Fair Isle construction. The beautiful OXOs and Peeries of a traditional Fair Isle are led on a surprising path during the knitting, resulting in a pleasing puzzle that, when folded and woven, reveals a striking mitered-front. Two different methods for Fair Isle construction are included.
A similar exciting puzzle awaits with the Garter Stitch Surprise Vest. No steeks - simply a couple of increase points (like on the BSJ) and the mystery grows throughout the knitting; then, voila - a cozy, attractive vest.
Full instructions for both vests, with multiple sizes up to 46" Fair Isle and up to 50" Garter, and plenty of images; 12 pgs in a protective archival sheet protector.
Model is wearing a 36.5 circumference Fair Isle Surprise Vest. Knit in Jamieson's Spindrift Shetland (Up to Size 46"; 7 Mulberry, 5 Sholmit, 5 Granite, 4 Natural White, and 1 Bramble); above 46" add 1-2 skeins of each color.
Model is wearing a 44" circumference Garter Stitch Surprise Vest. Knit in the Unspun Icelandic (Dusty Pink and Eggplant; suggested for a 46"; 4 of the main color and 2-3 of the coordinating color, depending on how you plan to play with color blocks or stripes, length, etc.) or Canadian Regal (approx. 6-7 skeins for 46"-50")
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