The Complete Surprise: Knitting Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Surprise Jacket by Culley Swansen is truly a complete guide to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Surprise Jacket. This book is filled to the brim with exciting projects for the absolute beginner to experienced knitter!
Most people learn to knit by making a simple scarf. The Complete Surprise uses this approach, with a twist. New knitters start with a Surprise Scarf, knit with a unique shape. This scarf uses the basic knitting techniques needed to make Elizabeth Zimmermann’s iconic Baby Surprise Jacket.
Move from the Scarf to the Baby Surprise Jacket and knit one of the most popular knitting designs ever, with a wealth of optional variations. Add colors when and where you like, to create a one-of-a-kind look. Next try the brand-new variations: Surprise Dress, Surprise Bolero, and Surprise Snuggle Suit, along with the classic EZ Surprise Bootees and Surprise Bonnet. Plus, with the author’s revolutionary analysis of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s design and a new approach to sizing, the book enables you to knit a Jacket of any size (Adult, Baby, or Child) that is custom fit (in body circumference, body length, sleeve depth, and sleeve length) using the wool, needles, and gauge of your choice!
Advanced knitters can incorporate new options from a curved neck to waist shaping, and the colorful Circular Stranded Surprise Jacket is covered in detail.