Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ)
Yarn: TLC Supersoft (but not sure as I lost the ball band
Needles: Size 6
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
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I have missed you, my loyal blogging friends. You fed my knitting ego with your comments and I really appreciated it. However, I needed a break for awhile and I am now back by popular demand to stay with my goal of at least one post per week.
I just finished teaching the BSJ class. The BSJ, by Elizabeth Zimmermann a/k/a knitting guru, is a piece of knitted origami. It can be a little confusing for a new knitter as the knitter is not aware if they are knitting a sleeve, a front or a back, etc.
I've been teaching knitting for several years and this was probably the most challenging class I've taught for a variety of reasons. It sold out so "the pie" was divided in many more sections. The knitted piece looks like this just before folding so you can understand a student's apprehension.
We planned on how to have the "applied I-cord bind-off" to start and end at the center back neck when the remaining live stitches begin at the top right, down and around the sweater and up the left side. We didn't want the seam to be in the front, top-most corner which was likely going to happen without some modifications.
Notice the special finish. It's like graduating from grade school to high school (i.e. bind off to I-cord bind off). A little more time-consuming, it is definitely worth the effort.
This YouTube link demonstrates beautifully how to turn the corner with a knitted I-cord bind-off.
Here is the link to the "BSJ Spreadsheet" that I found extremely helpful and complimented the actual pattern very well. Thank you to the creator.