EZs Surplice Baby Jacket

Completed EZ Surplice Baby Jacket. Yarn: Socks that Rock - Heavyweight - Grandma's Flower Garden

Completed EZ Surplice Baby Jacket. Yarn: Socks that Rock – Heavyweight – Grandma’s Flower Garden

EZ’s Surplice Baby Jacket is the product of the journal of Elizabeth Zimmermann as interpreted by her daughter, Meg Swansen. Reminiscent of her Baby Surprise Jacket, this kimono style garment uses much of the same shaping format, aside from its asymmetrical design that makes it unique from the “BSJ.” The Surplice Baby Jacket is also different from the Baby Surprise Jacket in that the “SBJ” is knit from the bottom up while the “BSJ” is knit from the top down. The pattern for the jacket was published in both the Spring/Summer 2007 edition of Vogue Knitting Magazine as well as Schoolhouse Presses’ Spun Out Issue #43.

The jacket is knit in one piece from the bottom up, with two seams at the top for the sleeves. The wrap around style makes it easy for the jacket to expand as the baby grows into the garment.

As it grows in popularity, the jacket is starting to commonly be referred to as the “SBJ” and is another example of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s knitting ingenuity.

The Finished Piece of Knitting

When you initially cast off your SBJ, it will look something like this.

Cast off Surplice Baby Jacket. Yarn: Socks that Rock - Heavyweight - Grandma's Flower Garden Cast off Surplice Baby Jacket. Yarn: Socks that Rock – Heavyweight – Grandma’s Flower Garden

The arms are located at the top of the garment, and the wrap around “surplice” portion of the jacket is at the bottom.

Once the jacket is folded up properly, it looks more like a finished piece of hand knit clothing.

Folded surplice baby jacket before seaming Folded surplice baby jacket before seaming

Notes on the Pattern

Gauge and Size

Approximately 8-1/2 (9)” across after the flaps are folded from corner to corner.
8 (9)” tall from the back of the neck to the bottom edge.
3-1/2 (4)” sleeves with no cuff modifications.

Notions
At least two 5/8″ buttons for the lower half of the garment.

Minor Pattern Change

Purl the increase stitches for the sleeves when you’re on the wrong/non-increase side so that it’s easier to tell where to continue the increases when you’re on the right side.

Surplice baby jacket sleeve adaptation Surplice baby jacket sleeve adaptation

Where to Find the Pattern

Surplice Baby Jacket in Spun Out Issue #43 from Schoolhouse Press
Vogue Knitting International Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007

Other Patterns of Interest

Adult Surprise Jacket
Baby Surprise Jacket

Other Websites of Interest

Gallery of Surplice Baby Jackets on Ravelry.com
Elizabeth Zimmermann Knits Flickr Group
Surplice Baby Jackets on Flickr.com
Zimmermaniacs Blog of completed Elizabeth Zimmermann patterns

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