First though, let me say thank-you for all the lovely and complimentary comments on Friday's post. I haven't managed to respond to each of you personally yet, but they were each savoured, chuckled over, and greatly appreciated. Rob may be slightly insufferable for some time though, especially since Lee Ann referred to him as a "beefcake".
I haven't forgotten about the January mittens, but since a new nephew arrived late last week, I took a couple of days off "regular knitting" to make my very first Baby Surprise Jacket.
It is fully reversible:
I am a little partial to side 2, with its impression of decorative top stitching:
For the shoulder seams, I picked up stitches knitwise on each half of side 1, then grafted them together with side 2 facing, thus preserving the continuity of the garter stitch progression and creating a fully reversible seamless effect:
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket (perhaps the most famous baby sweater in the world?)
Yarn: Knitpicks Crayon - a plush, machine wash-and-dry-able cotton in brilliant primary colours to delight the little guy's senses and camouflage his blurps.
Gauge: At 5 stitches to the inch, this works out to about a standard 12 month size, though since he weighed 9 lbs at birth, I suspect it will be useful sooner rather than later.
Modifications: I went for an i-cord tie rather than buttons.... because I'm paranoid like that. And the collar is not part of the original version, though it has been done by others many times over.