My best friend is giving birth to her third at the beginning of next month! She knew this baby was a boy from almost before he had DNA and picked out his birthday (her C-section day) months and months ago. She celebrated a milestone birthday herself this year, but wanted it barely acknowledged. That's right, she hates surprises.
So there was nothing better to knit for the new addition than Elizabeth Zimmerman's legendary Baby Surprise Jacket. Most knitters will know (and love) this pattern, as it was written in the 60s and has been knitted by thousands of people (over 10,000 documented on Ravelry alone!). You knit the amorphous shape above, which looks like nothing much, and fold it to form the cutest baby jacket you've ever seen (below). The magic of the knitting oragami is truly addictive. For more information, I'll direct you to Jared and Amanda, who both extol this pattern in all it's deserving glory.
I used Colinette Jitterbug yarn for mine (or his), in color "Popsicle". The name of the yarn sold it to me as much as the colorway: bright and eccentric, much like the new baby will be, I'm sure. Aren't all youngest children full of surprises? Good luck in bringing him into the world, my friend. I love you, and can't wait to meet him!