Exciting news! Darla Sims has created a crochet version of Elizabeth Zimmermann's classic knitted Baby Surprise Jacket--and she's added lots of fun variations! Now you can crochet a surprise sweater and add stripes, ruffles, a hood, a collar, or other sweet details. Like the original Baby Surprise Jacket, the crochet pattern is worked in one easy piece, then folded and quickly stitched to create its final shape. These 8 darling cardigans can be crocheted in sizes 6-, 12-, and 24-months, using medium weight yarn: Basic Sweater, Hooded Sweater, Ruffled Sweater, Bobbled Sweater, Picot Sweater, Ribbed Collar Sweater, V-Neck Sweater, and Basic Buttoned Sweater.
Posted by Sue on 13th Feb 2014
Very unique design and easy pattern to follow. I added a collar and cuffs.
Posted by Gwen on 2nd Nov 2012
I wanted to make an Elizabeth Zimmerman look-alike in crochet and this just is perfect. Thank you for the great illustrations. I'm ready to make a bunch of the cover sweater for my grandkids.
Posted by Mary Jo on 28th Sep 2012
I have completed the body of "Hooded Sweater" but just cannot figure out the neck shaping.
Has anyone had experience with this who could give me a tip?? Thank you.
Posted by Pat T. on 11th Sep 2012
Always wanted to purchase, e-book plus holiday percentage off made it a great value. Made up my own color pallete and so simple to make. Was a bit confused at the end, but figured it out. Also used a hdc foundation chain to begin, no problem...
Posted by cynthia on 9th Sep 2012
i love all the vairations on this basic pattern. i can hardly wait to make up a few.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Sep 2012
I just love this pattern, easy to follow and looks fantastic
Posted by Debbie on 1st Aug 2012
I donate sweaters, caps, and mittens every year to help keep less fortunate warm. I've found a great cap and mitten patter but just couldn't find a quick, easy, sweater that didn't take a lot of yarn but yet look nice and would be warm.
I finally found it! This sweater is very easy to make up, not alot of yarn, only have to sew 2 straight shoulder seams, and there are various options and sizes. I'm very happy I now have my go to pattern for donations and each one makes up a cute sweater that any child would be happy to wear.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jul 2012
Love this pattern I cant stop making them
Posted by Karla on 2nd Jul 2012
This is the best baby sweater pattern I've ever done, knitted or crocheted. I've always hated doing baby things but this one was quick and easy while looking amazing. I made mine with DK yarn rather than worsted to get a better drape. Also, I single-crocheted it Tapestry style to get a flatter fabric. The results were astounding and even better after blocking. I recommend this to anyone who wants a quick gift for babies besides hats. It's worth learning how to crochet if one doesn't know how.
Posted by Mims on 19th Jun 2012
So easy. One basic sweater then variations with collar, hood, ruffles, picot trim. Boy and girl fashions.
Babies hate tight fussy clothing. These sweaters are so simple it is amazing. The tree quarter sleeves are perfect too.
I made the cover sweater but added the picot trim in the pale green. Made a floppy hat in green. Just adorable.
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