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Jan in CA
12-13-2009, 08:46 PM
I finished this little jacket and bonnet for my housekeepers soon to be born baby. No idea what sex it is so I tried to keep it unisex. ;)

I used the new A-B-C-SJ pattern from Schoolhouse Press for the jacket. This pattern is great with line by line instructions and info for other sizes, hood, sleeve extensions etc.
http://www.schoolhousepress.com/patterns.htm

The hat is Anime Top Down Bonnet. I didn't do ears or embroidery on this one.
http://www.helloyarn.com/topdownbonnet.htm

I've made several BSJs so I felt comfortable now adjusting the pattern with help from the BSJ group on Rav. I did the increases/decreases on both sides instead of a double decrease or increase. I like this much better and it creates sharper corners. I also didn't do the length increase so it's more of a cropped jacket. Also did sleeve extensions and cuffs.

The only thing I changed on the hat was the decrease at the back for shaping. I didn't like the one they had.
http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/Other/My-Knitting/bsjandhat2/739611512_FbVBE-M.jpg

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/Other/My-Knitting/bsjshelleybabybuttons/739611502_WTLr8-M.jpg

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/Other/My-Knitting/bsjshelleybaby/739611498_b6MSG-M.jpg

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/Other/My-Knitting/topdownhat/739615561_dDLMV-M.jpg

http://purrcat-jan.smugmug.com/Other/My-Knitting/topdownhatback/739615564_WFfPH-M.jpg

lulubell
12-13-2009, 09:05 PM
Very Very CUTE!!!!

missmom31
12-13-2009, 09:39 PM
Jan, your sweater and hat are just beautiful! How lucky the recipient and Mom are. Thanks for the links also, I may just try that pattern soon.:knitting:

etoilechaude
12-13-2009, 09:53 PM
So adorable!!!!

Debkcs
12-14-2009, 04:14 AM
So cute, Jan! I've been sewing for my newest DGD, lot's of cute, warm stuff. Can't wait to get back to knitting.

Lana
12-14-2009, 10:26 AM
Totally darling! I love the colours you used.
I've never "met" a pattern I couln't make at least one improvement,
but they're wonderful for inspiration.

gingerbread
12-14-2009, 11:49 AM
Oh Jan the baby set is just beautiful. The colors are just perfect, wish I had a baby to knit for.
Again the set is just beautiful.

WandaT
12-14-2009, 11:50 AM
Absolutely adorable!! I love how they turned out! Great job on the revisions.

NotreDameFan
12-14-2009, 11:55 AM
Jan....the sweater and hat are just adorable!!:yay: :yay: I have made 2 BSJs now and I have to say they are addictive. Your pattern changes are interesting. Would you mind explaining how you did the increases/decreases? I think I would like to try your method, but I don't understand how you made the change.

Thanks for sharing the pics!!!

Jan in CA
12-14-2009, 02:10 PM
Thanks everyone! I love making these little sweaters! I don't have babies to knit for either Wanda, but I do them for gifts and I think one went to charity. ;)

Your pattern changes are interesting. Would you mind explaining how you did the increases/decreases? I think I would like to try your method, but I don't understand how you made the change.


I'm not sure I can explain it any better than this thread on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/baby-surprise-jacket/623211/1-25#14). It took me a couple trys to get it right. It's easy once you figure it all out. I'll help if I can though for sure. :thumbsup:

MerigoldinWA
12-14-2009, 03:42 PM
Very nice. I like the way you used the colors. The extra long cuffs look good and I love the buttons. Beautiful work!

evona
12-14-2009, 05:21 PM
Oh - this little set is so adorable. I love the buttons.

ArtLady1981
12-14-2009, 05:28 PM
SIMPLY DIVINE, Jan! Great knitting, and I really love the color placements! Very nice! I think this baby jacket is my all time favorite, although I've yet to knit one!

Darn, when is someone gonna have another baby!?? :tap:

Doublereeder2
12-14-2009, 11:35 PM
Oh, that is so sweet! Beautiful knitting, Jan!:muah:

Lighting57
12-15-2009, 12:01 AM
Thank you for the link for the bonnet. I really like the way it is shaped in the back and the ears are an extra bonus.

Your set turned out really cute too. Your housekeeper will be thrilled.

Jan in CA
12-15-2009, 12:49 AM
Thank you for the link for the bonnet. I really like the way it is shaped in the back and the ears are an extra bonus.



I really liked the ears, too. I've been debating about adding them, but I'm not sure it'll work in this color. ;)

wezyus
12-15-2009, 05:16 AM
Superbbbbbbbbb

laikabear
12-15-2009, 05:26 AM
What yarn did you use, Jan?

I really like the colors you chose. Also, that's a really cute little hat, I've never seen that one before.

Jan in CA
12-15-2009, 02:34 PM
What yarn did you use, Jan?

I really like the colors you chose. Also, that's a really cute little hat, I've never seen that one before.

Thanks! It's Plymouth Encore Colorspun in color 7711 I believe.
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000033&searchcollection=000005

JudyD
12-16-2009, 06:16 AM
Lucky baby!!!

Beautiful yarn, beautiful knitting!

:heart: :heart: :heart:

JudyD