Thursday, June 21, 2007

I've Been Zimmermanned

On a whim about a month ago, I purchased "The Opinionated Knitter" from my LYS. Okay. Not really on a whim. Ever since Liz wowed me with her Baby Surprise Jacket and Spidey (has that baby arrived?) showed us her Tomten, I've been intrigued by Elizabeth Zimmermann and I vowed to buy one of her books. However, I always thought her patterns and writings were for knitters far more experienced and talented than I.

How wrong I was. Every knitter in the world should know and love Elizabeth Zimmermann. Her wit, talent, and, yes, opinion, is clear in every newsletter in this book. Here is my Tomten for an old friend's dear little baby. I enjoyed every minute of knitting this; I have deepened my knitting practice by allowing myself to design on the needles with the gentle guidance of EZ.




Pattern: Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Maggi's Aran Tweed (color 03) and O-Wool Classic (I can't seem to find the color name or number)
Needles: US8s
Pattern Notes: I adjusted stitch counts for gauge and improvised to get the right vertical measurements since the vertical gauge was so different. I will spare you all the number crunching, but suffice it to say, it was not difficult. This size is about 12-18 months.

I had planned on doing an attached i-cord for the borders but didn't like the way it caused the jacket to pucker. I also really liked the way the garter stitch looked going different directions, so I just knit a garter stitch border. I'm afraid of zippers and button holes (I'll need to confront these fears one day soon), so I chose these clasps. I like the Scandinavian look.



I didn't think the sleeves were loose enough, so I didn't seam the sleeves all the way and crocheted a simple border around them. I love the look. They can be kept turned down or flipped up for a more gnomish or elfin look ...




I will gift this tomorrow and immediately start planning my next Zimmermann project. (Maybe an adult Tomten a la Brooklyn Tweed?)

16 comments:

Bridget said...

For whatever reason, even though I like a lot of her patterns, I've never even thought to buy any Zimmerman books. I should probably at least borrow one from the library, to see what I think, huh?

That is an adorable jacket! I think the clasps make it look better than buttons or a zipper would.

LaurieM said...

Cute and stylish. I really like the personal touches you've added to it. Great job!

Liz K. said...

EZ is perfect for your aesthetic -- I've wondered what has taken you so long to get to her.

And enough with the "beginning knitter" crap already! You are so not a beginner!!!!!

Christie said...

That is the cutest sweater ever!

tiennie said...

I love your tomtem! The colors, the clasps - it's seriously one of my favorites ones I've seen.

nova said...

It's SO CUTE! I think this may have to be a knit for my boy. It's adorable!!! I love the little clasp closures and the grey and red, so chic!

knitnzu said...

That is so very cute! I've been wanting to make up her 'bog jacket' in stripes...all my bits of this and that. So much knitting, so little time!

jane said...

I need to remember to pull out my Zimmerman patterns when I'm looking for a new project. That jacket is adorable! Jane

Annie said...

Adorable! Love the cuff detail. I have also never looked through an EZ book. I guess I will eventually!

pamela wynne said...

Such a cute version! Beautiful work -- and welcome to the EZ club. :)

anne marie in philly said...

ann wrote on carol's blog:

***Humpf. I want to be in the group too. Richmond's just too far away I guess...***

I wish you could be part of my group too (sigh, sniff). you COULD move to philly - that would make liz happy and we would welcome you with open arms.

think about it, won't you...

Theresa said...

Plus, I just think that garter st is so much fun!

Christy said...

EZ is my knitting idol. When I got The Opinionated Knitter, I cried when I read it. I felt that as a knitter, I was part of something really special when I read that book.

Love the sweater.

Dorothy said...

Very cute! I really like your modifications and the clasps are beautiful. Who cares about zippers and buttons when those are out there.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable sweater! Lucky little babe.

Laurie (Moo!) said...

Now HOW did I get on as Anonymous?

Sorry!