EZ Tomten

TomtenTomten (2)I’ve finished a super EZ Tomten, a design by Elizabeth Zimmerman found in a couple of her books. I used the one in the Opinionated Knitter. I love knitting her patterns as you are given so much freedom in what you can do.

Take this tomten: I decided to do stripes, short-rows on the back for shaping, pockets, a hood, a button placket, and I-cord edging on the sleeves and around the front. You could choose not to do any of these. You could even knit it in the round and make it a pullover. Tomten (5)

Also, the size is based on whatever combination of yarn and needles you use. My combo gave me a jacket big enough to fit my 5 year old, Li’l Rosi! Mind you that I never had more than 112 stitches on my needles at any given point. Tomten (4)Tomten (6)

The hardest part about knitting this was the striping and all the ends I would have so I wove in ends as I knit so as to have less finishing to do. I wanted to use up a bunch of Plymouth Encore I had in my stash from a previous project. But if you make this in one or two colors, it should be a snap.

Now to find some nice big buttons. They need to be unisex as I don’t like sewing buttons and I plan for G-Luc to wear this when Li’l Rosi outgrows it.

Anyone have any recommendations for me?

Tomten Jacket

Source: Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Plymouth Encore
Cost: $5.60 per skein (used a total of 5 skeins altogether)
Size: ~5 year old
Needles: Size 9 Knit Picks Options
Started: April 28, 2007
Finished: May 7, 2007

11 thoughts on “EZ Tomten”

  1. How cute! I love how the hood completes the pattern on the back when it’s down. Now that’s clever!

    As for buttons, why not just plain white or cream?

  2. AWESOME! It looks super-cute on her! Seeing yours gives me renewed energy to get back to mine. I got sidetracked but really should get back to it. It’s such a sweet knit. Excellent job!

  3. Fantastic job girl! I say hit M & J Trimming and lose your mind among the HUGE selection of buttons! Since you want a unisex look, I’d go with a wooden type button. Perhaps the kind that are on a toggle jacket?

  4. Great FO for an 80 degree day! 😉

    I really like it! I wish I had thought of that pattern for my boy. Ah well…next season.

    Don’t ask me about buttons. I can’t buy a button to save my life!

  5. Great Tomten! I like all the colors! Good for you knitting it with leftovers too! Buttons, I like the wood or navy ones myself.

  6. Hey there!

    Her jacket is very nice! I wish I had nice sweaters when I was young (sigh). It’s ALL about Tender Buttons, on the upper east side for me. And don’t worry; I’ll sew the buttons on. Really. Holla!

  7. Very interesting and informative blog. I stumbled over while searching for a lace pattern for my kidsilk haze. I’ll definitely visit again.

    Cute model! The hoodie turned out great.

  8. Very cute jacket. I just finished my first EZ pattern, a Baby Surprise
    Jacket, and and am thinking of tackling the Tomten next.

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