EZ group project

EZ, as in Elizabeth Zimmermann, rather than easy. Although the knitting *is* pretty easy on this. I think every knitter should read at least one book by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I have Knitting Without Tears and Knitter’s Almanac. Reading these books is like having a favorite aunt chat me through knitting projects.

My friend K recently asked me if I would knit a Baby Surprise Jacket if she spun the yarn for it. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s BSJ is a classic in the knitting world. I knew I’d have to knit one at some point in my knitting career. This one is for a mutual friend. What a cool idea! And another friend is on button duty, so this is truly a group project.


K sent me four balls of pretty handspun. The colorway is Crayon. It turns out that the fiber was from two dye lots, so there are two balls of predominantly blue yarn, and two of a pinker hue. I’ve decided to alternate knitting from the two dye lots; I’m swapping after every six rows (three garter ridges).


I cast on for this last weekend at Black Butte. I’m using the sample Lantern Moon interchangeable needles. I cast on with the rosewood tips, and after a couple rows I decided that I really wanted to try the ebony tips. It’s easy to change tips in the middle of a project. But there was only one ebony tip in the size I needed (the sample case had been raided), so here’s what I’m working with now.


I like them both, but I prefer the ebony. The rosewood tips feel a little pointier to me than the ebony tips; I prefer a more rounded tip. Now to settle in to knitting!

10 responses to “EZ group project

  1. I have yet to make one of the BSJ’s. There are a couple of family members gestating now, I could probably make one for them…..

    I also haven’t done the EZ Baby Sweater on Two Needles yet, have you?

    Lorajean gave some Crayon for the WWSiP. It has lots of purples and doesn’t look like your balls. It’s going to be a door prize. πŸ˜‰

  2. Love that yarn. It’ll be an amazing BSJ. Haven’t made one myself yet, although I’ve come close a couple of times.

  3. Laurie Nelesen

    After Christmas I would like to try a BSJ myself. I thingk I will do one for a boy though since I have been inundated with baby girl stuff this past year!!

  4. I’ve never made a BSJ… honestly am not a fan of them, but I do think the construction of it (and EZ) is genius. πŸ™‚

    That handspun should look very nice as a BSJ I think!

  5. I totally agree — somewhere down the line, I *will* knit a BSJ. It’s like a knitter’s rite of passage. πŸ™‚

  6. What a unique idea to all contribute to the sweater. The yarns are beautiful. Do you simply carry the yarn up the sides – catching it in the first stitch? I’ve never managed to do that. I’ve never knit a BSJ but am intrigued by it. I just finished a Debbie Bliss baby sweater – will post as soon as I get buttons. Those needles look amazing.

  7. This is such a nice way to do a group project. I’m sure your friend will be touched.

  8. it is going to be just lovely!!

  9. What an awesome group project in these gorgeous hand-spun! It’s such a fun pattern…which I know you will do its justice. Can’t wait to see it done up πŸ˜€

    Love the needles too! Ebony ones are on my wish list for sure.