Saturday, May 05, 2007

Tomten questions!

I have been lurking for quite awhile and just now joined. I want to make a Tomten jacket for my 18 month old great-nephew. I have EZ's Knitting Workshop for the pattern, but she doesn't tell what size needles to use or how much yarn to use. I would like to use a cotton blend yarn like Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece. Any suggestions will be appreciated!!!




  • I think EZ recommends using 112 as your base body number. Using that number and a chest measurment from your nephew's favorite garments, you can calculate what your gauge should be and choose your yarn and needles accordingly.
    Good Luck!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:01 PM  

  • For my tomten, I used a worsted yarn and size 5 needles to get a total body width of about 23-24". Figuring out your guage with the yarn you want to use will allow you to see how wide it will be (with 112 as the body number, as Peggy said).

    Also, I'm always surprised by how much yarn is consumed in garter stitch, so plan accordingly!

    By Anonymous Mandy, at 1:13 PM  

  • or you can choose a weight of yarn that you want and add stitches by the number of seven. i think elizabeth explains how i kwot. in worsted weight my great niece fits her right now at the tender age of 9 months but it will fit for a while. good choice of pattern. i cannot recommend it too much. ever.

    By Blogger knititch, at 1:57 PM  

  • I knitted my 17 month old daughter's Tomten in Plymouth Galway worsted. I cast on 128 stitches instead of 112 since my gauge was a bit tight. I just weighed it and it is 370 grams, which equals 740 meters of yarn. Luckily it will fit her for a long time!

    By Blogger melausten, at 2:48 PM  

  • I knit up a swatch using the recommended needle size for the yarn I was using and calculated from there based on my son's chest measurement. Good luck! The tomten is a great knit!!

    By Blogger theknittingelephant, at 5:19 PM  

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