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Has anyone made this wonder? I am fascinated by<br>
it and from what I have read it is actually supposed<br>
to be easy. I just love the pics I have seen of it<br>
when multi colored yarns are used.
 

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I'm 3/4 of the way through it, and out of yarn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It is a phenomenally easy knit, although a trillion yards of garter stitch can get a bit boring from time to time. The WIP photo is on my blog.
 

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I couldn't believe how much yarn it took! I just finished my first BSJ. Well, I have to sew it and weave in ends.<br><br>
It's very fun watching how it changes as you progress. There were parts that took me completely by surprise (haha-no pun intended).<br><br>
I think this will become my go to baby present. I want to make more, just to play around with stripes, variegated yarns, finishing options, etc.
 

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I've made one too -- it's adorable and extremely quick, but what a yarn hog. All that garter stitch really eats up the fiber.
 

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Intrigued but not having seen the pattern, is garter stitch required to make this one? Could an alternate stitch be used to reduce yarn usage?<br><br>
Just asking...
 

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Helen, I looked at your BSJ and I just love the yarn, what is it?<br>
Is it a bunch of different ones or is it a variegated? My dd wants<br>
a chenille sweater, do you think this BSJ could be done with a<br>
thick chenille?
 

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Mine's two skeins (going to be three) of Noro Silk Garden. I think it would work with chenille, but next time I knit this pattern I'm not going to try and fiddle to get gauge: I'm going to start with a dk yarn for newborn size.
 

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The thing about garter stitch is that the grid it produces is square- not rectangular like stockinette- so the garter really is essential to the mitered corner geomentry as well as the no curl finish.<br><br>
This pattern is pure genius and I think all knitters should do it at least once because it challenges your brain to think outside the box and it carries over to different thinking in approaching other projects.
 

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i want to do one of these for a friend who is pregnant.<br><br>
just how yarn hoggie are we talking? would it be a mistake to do it in cashmere?<br><br>
i still can't find my book--must go search again. give me some ideas about what yarns would work. does it have to be a specific weight?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The thing about garter stitch is that the grid it produces is square- not rectangular like stockinette- so the garter really is essential to the mitered corner geomentry as well as the no curl finish.<br><br>
This pattern is pure genius and I think all knitters should do it at least once because it challenges your brain to think outside the box and it carries over to different thinking in approaching other projects.</div>
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That makes sense, having seen the pattern now. Very tempting...I have some nice varigated cotton that might work nicely.
 

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Rorysgirl: according to EZ, you could do this pattern in 75g of DK yarn. I'm convinced she used handspun, personally, or a cashmere/acrylic blend, that's the only way I can see getting that kind of yardage out of such a small quantity of yarn.
 

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Can someone link me to somewhere to see what it is? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I've done it easily with 100g of fingering with a little bit to spare, but then again I've lengthened the sleeves and added I-cord pretty much wherever I could.<br><br>
Here's a great resource for all things BSJ - <a href="http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Baby_Surprise_Jacket" target="_blank">KnitWiki Baby Surprise Jacket</a><br><br>
Another good resource (for those who need more instructions than EZ usually gives in her patterns - like me the first time I tried one) is here - <a href="http://www.3gcs.com/adcock/free%20patterns/BSS%20Notes.htm" target="_blank">Baby Surprise Notes</a>.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK this may be a tacky question, but is the pattern available anywhere for free?? I hate to buy when I don't have to LOL!</div>
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check for <i>The Opinionated Knitter</i> at your local library. It's in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Also in EZ's <i>Knitting Workshop</i>. Presently, I am working on adding anything EZ or Barbara Walker to my knitting library and just purchased <i>Knitting Workshop</i> but have yet to do anything from it.
 

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I'm doing this pattern and I'm having some trouble right from the outset! I've looked at the notes on it in the links but can't figure it out: I never have enough stitches in the 2nd half (ie, K 33, do decreases,K84, decreases again,K33 - I have 4 less - 29 instead of 33). The original cast on doesn't seem to be enough. This is supposed to be simple - am I just being<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ?
 

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Hmm, I'm wondering if you set up your markers wrong? If your decreases are on the wrong side ofthe marker, that could change your #'s. Also, make sure you're decreasing only on the rows directed.<br><br>
I would suggest trying it without anyone ele's notes, just knit it from the pattern, taking each direction as it comes, not trying to read ahead.<br><br>
I found myself way overanalyzing every little step, and it went much more smoothly when I stopped trying to visualize what it was doing.
 
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