Psychedelic Tomten

This will go to the same friend I’m sending the block and shells afghan to. She has a toddler and is expecting another baby boy in July.

EZ Tomten

As usual, don’t look too closely at the thing. The colour is patchy and the workmanship just passable. Dirty Deets follow.


Yarn: Local small-ball acrylic Santhi from Oswal “Woollen” Mills, 25g x 9

Needles: Denise #7

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Tomten Jacket from Knitting Without Tears

Time: About a week.

Size: Toddler? 22″ around the chest, 15″ from shoulder to bottom, 10″ hood and 11″ on wrist to armhole.

Extra: #1 Patchy!!!

#2 I wonder if this could be done in stockinette (although of course the point is to avoid the purling)

#3 Rosi helped with a question I had on ridge counts for the hood. Got help from Sue on knitty chat on what to do for the closures. For the loops I did a row of sc around from right bottom corner to the left, adding 10ch loops whenever I encountered a button. Otherwise I followed the pattern to a T (except for a slight misunderstanding at the sleeves, leading to 4 extra ridges each side).

And now for some sad news…I do not have any works in progress (UFOs abound, of course, but they don’t count). Sad but true. I want to try my hand at a version of the Baby Surprise Jacket by Ms Zimmermann, but in pinks and related colours, and there aren’t too many baby girls on the horizon. I need specific victims targets.

My reading currently is Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend. Always surprising. And I don’t have any other books lined up after that. Help!

On the domestic front, the husband has been successfully disposed off has gone off by himself to Cochin. Accommodation is uncertain, so it is also uncertain when I will reach there. For now it’s just me and the other inlaw. I have plans to visit the UK in July, more of which in a different post. I shall leave you with a close-up of the wooden buttons I used.

Tomten buttons

Author: Swakrta

In love with sewing, weaving, crochet, and with bags and pouches and fabric. I love colour and pattern and texture. I love having my hands busy. Some day I hope my craft will become my day job.

5 thoughts on “Psychedelic Tomten”

  1. Oh, but I love the jacket!! There’s nothing psychedelic about it. It would need a lot more colors for that! LOL It looks like a great spring jacket. She’ll love it!

  2. The Tomten is my favourite knit for babies, I saw it first in Vogue Knitting must have been the 80’s & I’ve knit at least one every year since, I love that you can use any yarn & there are lots of ways to customize but it’s an easy knit.

  3. I LOVE THIS PATTERN! I made two out of the Vogue Knitting magazine from the 90’s but have since lost the pattern. If ANYONE is willing to send me a copy *sshhhh, I won’t tell anyone!*, I’d be thrilled. My daughter, who is now 15, was my first recipient and I’d love to see if I could increase it to a point where she would fit it.

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