Nothing boring about it!

You may look at this photo and think, “Grayish-blackish-bluish garter stitch. Ick.”

You would be wrong. When Elizabeth Zimmermann does garter stitch, it’s never boring or icky.

This is the beginning of my Tomten Jacket for Leo, and it’s actually been a really fun knit so far! I am using the directions from The Opinionated Knitter (they’re also included in Knitting Workshop, but the Opinionated Knitter directions are more specific) and Rowan Pure Wool Aran. I even worked on it at the HullabaLOU festival in the sticky, 100 degree heat.

The fun thing about this pattern is that you could make it 10 times and never knit the pattern the same way. You could add pockets! Make a hood, collar or crewneck! Buttons or zippers! Switch up the colors! There’s an example of the Tomten Jacket on the Purl Bee that looks quite different than how I envision mine, which will have a hood and a contrasting border. (Speaking of Tomtens, check out Jared Flood’s adult Tomten. So nice!)

There will be a Tomten class at the Knit Nook in September, which you should check out. To sign up, call 502.452.1919.

And now for something completely different, a cute baby picture!


I think he’s trying to decide if he wants buttons or a zipper on his Tomten. He’s definitely going to get one, too!

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One Response to Nothing boring about it!

  1. Holly says:

    Awwww, I started a Tomten for Iris a while ago but it has been sadly neglected! I should pull it back out so we can Tomten-along!!

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