Elizabeth Zimmermann is one of the knitters I truly admire for her adventurous and genius knitting spirit. She laid foundations for many frequently used techniques as well as encouraged countless knitters to further their creativity.
Elizabeth Zimmermann (August 9, 1910–November 30, 1999) was a British-born knitter known for revolutionizing the modern practice of knitting through her books and instructional series on American public television. Though knitting back and forth on rigid straight needles was the norm, she advocated knitting in the round using flexible circular needles to produce seamless garments and to make it easier to knit intricate patterns. In The Opinionated Knitter, Zimmermann's daughter Meg notes that while her mother wanted to call her first book Knitting Without a License, her publishers changed it to Knitting Without Tears. However, the former perhaps best expresses Zimmermann's knitting philosophy. In all her published works (print and video), she encouraged knitters to experiment and develop their own patterns.*
The Adult Surprise Jacket is one of the her most popular and stunning patterns. You are going to be able to choose whatever yarn or gauge you like. The jacket is knitted in one piece with garter stitch and you will be surprised how this piece will fold up into a gorgeous jacket.
For the second time now, I'm teaching a workshop how to make this jacket in my LYS.
For mine I will make modifications for a wider armhole, longer arms (the arms in the original pattern are only elbow length) and hopefully for some waist shaping.
For all the ASJ Jacket fans here my progress and numbers so far: