This is going to be my first Baby Surprise Jacket. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in color Lakeview (superwash merino, so it’s machine-washable). I’m using worsted weight yarn because this baby has parents who are both over 6 feet tall, and the baby was born in early July. I want Baby Alice to be able to wear it this fall/winter, so I’m going big.
This pattern does not come with multiple sizes (except for child and adult versions). The only way to resize it is to use different yarn/needles.
The mother and I scanned project photos in Ravelry so I could get a sense of what she liked. She was very drawn to the handpainted yarns, especially the versions made in Socks That Rock. I finally decided that I needed thicker yarn, though, and the Blue Moon yarns in heavier weights are kind of spendy. I wasn’t sure if I could get by with a single skein, and doubling the project cost just went too high.
I think this Lakeview yarn will make a beautiful BSJ. So far I like the yarn too much in hank and ball form to actually knit it – it’s too pretty!