Sunday, July 20, 2008

FOs: Twin Tomtens

I'm pretty sure that the person I made these for doesn't read my blog, so I've decided to post these now instead of waiting till after they've been gifted...

Tomtem Modular Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears. Mods: to try and make this 3-6 month sized, I cast on only 96 stitches and made the sleeves 46 ridges long. I also opted for a wider border on the fronts and hood, rather than a thin edging. I think they're a little bigger than I'd planned, but better to have them too big, rather than too little.

King Cole Superwash Merino Blend DK (100% pure wool) in Olive, Kingfisher, and Wine. This yarn is great - machine washable, very soft, and not very pricey! Each jacket used 4 balls of the main colour, and 1 of the contrast colour.

I would definitely use this yarn again - especially since they now have an aran weight version. The colour selection is great, and its much more wooly-feeling than other superwash yarns I've used (Garn Studio's Karissima, for example).

These are for my friend who is expecting twins next month - one girl, one boy. Because I wanted to make 2 of whatever I made, this seemed like the perfect pattern - very quick and easy to follow (once you're used to EZ's style of pattern-writing) and fully customizable for colour and style. Claudia helped me pick these non-babyish, co-ordinated yet not matchy-matchy colours, and I think they were a great choice. I'm now knitting myself a cardigan in a colour very close to this kingfisher-teal! :)

The pattern recommends installing a zip as closure, but I thought the toggles were much cuter - plus, I imagine that the toggles will be easier to fasten on two squirming babies! They were a really quick knit too - the first one took just over 6 weeks because it was interrupted by a trip to Europe, a thesis chapter, and a short quest to York for the perfect buttons, but the second one took only 17 days... (yikes! I didn't realise it was that quick!). :)

Ravelled: here and here.


DaviMack said...

They look great! I've the book, so perhaps the next baby sweater I knit will be one of these. :)

Jenni said...

Those are so cute! Love the color choices too!

Tiffany said...

I think you and I would be lookin' mighty cute in matching adult-sized ones!! (I'll take red, you can take blue)