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Monday, April 23, 2007

Progress on my Tomten


There is progress on my Modular Tomten, but it is slow. Not because it is difficult to knit, in fact, it must be the easiest thing to date, but what with a patient on the couch and a lawn to mow, it really doesn't leave much knitting time.

I have chosen to knit all three parts of the upper body at the same time. I think it's easier to hold the knitting that way, as it doesn't get side heavy.

I love the yarn and the fact that it's probably as old as the pattern. I think I'll have to knit the sleeves in white, as I don't think I have enough yarn. We'll see what happens. Also, I'm contemplating lining the jacket with some cute material I found in my stash. Any comments/suggestions as to whether that's a good idea?

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7 Comments:

  • You might want to be careful with lining knitwear with non-stretchy fabric. Knitwear is often designed with different ease than clothes made of non-stretchy fabric because the stretchiness will cover a lot of sins. Arms/shoulders are often an example of this.

    Anyway, I'm not saying not to do it, I'm just saying that you need to take this into account.

    By Blogger ChiaLea, at 4:12 AM  

  • What a sunny and cheerful Tomten that will be! I'll second chialea's caution about lining it in fabric - just because knitted fabric is so much more likely to shrink or relax (depending on the fiber and the treatment of it).

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 12:54 PM  

  • doesn't elizabeth line some of her tomten's actually. i think it says so in one of her books. the colour is cute. the knitting easy. the result as we have seen so often absolutely fab. tomten is from 61.

    By Blogger knititch, at 1:40 PM  

  • I agree wtih Chialea in terms of being careful of lining.

    Maybe you have some fabric that is a knit fabric that will work??

    I am knitting a baby hat using Noro yarn ,,and plan to line it (since is for a child),,, but will be using polar fleece ~that compliments the colors~
    I hope it all works out for you!
    I love the Totem as much as I love the BSJ!!
    Great ideas aren't they??

    By Blogger luv2knit, at 5:30 PM  

  • What a sunny little jacket that will be. EZ mentions knitting up a lining in a softer finer wool, but I don't think she says anything about fabric.

    If you're planning to put in a zipper you can probably get away with lining the body since a zipper will stop most stretch. I've lined sweaters before in just the body portion. And letting the shoulder and sleeve stretch how it needs to. Just doing the body makes quite a difference in warmth.

    By Blogger Peggy, at 8:46 AM  

  • Thanks for all your comments. With the amount of knitting time I have at the moment, I'll have plenty time to consider what to do...
    Having said that; I started the hood last night, so it's taking shape!
    I'll keep you posted.

    By Blogger Tina - omme i London, at 2:25 AM  

  • If you knit the sleeves in white, you may add a yellow band here or there, to give a planned style to the different colors. (If you have enough yellow yarn) It is going to look great.

    By Blogger filambulle, at 9:12 AM  

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