Pattern for a kimono knit cardigan with a lightweight yarn

from Annalisa Chelli - 3 April 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

Looking for a soft and minimalist kimono cardigan? Look no further! New colours now available in our soft and warm Hokusai yarn. We’ve decided to celebrate the growth of the collection with another free and exclusive pattern by Knitting For Breakfast. It’s a really easy to make garment and ideal for spring and autumn, to wear with a pair of jeans but even over a dress during the day. We’ve chosen to do it two-tone with thick stripes, but you can choose to repeat the stripes – perhaps with different colours – or go for a plain colour.

Let’s get started straight away with the tutorial.

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How to make a ¾ sleeve kimono cardigan knitting back and forth with flat needles

This kimono cardigan is worked with flat knitting needles back and forth. We’re going to work the pieces separately, first the back then the two fronts and lastly the sleeves. The pieces will then be sewn together. Finally, the front hem will be picked up and made by a 2-ply yarn, one for each colour.

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Here’s how to proceed to knit the kimono cardigan

Materials
Hokusai yarn color Turtledove 300 g. /10,58 oz
Hokusai yarn color Sand 300 g. / 10,58 oz
Flat needles: 6.5 mm and 7mm

Tension: 10 x 10 cm stockinette stitch worked flat with 6.5mm needles
16 stitches x 16 needles

One size loose fitting

Measurements of the finished garment:
Total height: 78cm
Back width: 66cm
Front width: 21cm x 2
Sleeve width: 23cm
Sleeve length: 29cm

Stitches used:
Cast on
Knit
Purl
Stockinette stitch: odd rows, knit stitch all stitches
Even rows, purl all stitches
Rib stitch 1/1: odd rows knit 1 and purl 1 to the end of the row
Even rows, purl 1 and knit 1 to the end of the row

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Let’s start with the back of the kimono cardigan

With colour 1 and no. 6.5mm needles cast on 86 stitches
Rib stitch 1/1 the first 6 rows
From the 7th to the 20th round: (still with colour 1) work all the rows using the stockinette stitch (14 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 21 to round 38: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 39 to 56: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 57 to 74: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 75 to 92: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 93 to round 110: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 111 to round 128: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 129 to round 140: stockinette stitch all rows (12 rows)

Bind off loosely.

Remember to do like this for both sides of the kimono cardigan.

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Let’s move on to the front of the knitted kimono cardigan

Using colour 1 and with no. 6.5mm needles cast on 34 stitches
Rib stitch 1/1 the first 6 rounds
From round 7 to round 20: (still colour 1) work all the rows using the stockinette stitch (14 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 21 to round 38: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 39 to round 56: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 57 to round 74: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 75 to round 92: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 93 to round 110: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 111 to round 128: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 129 to round 140: stockinette stitch all rows (12 rows)

Bind off loosely.

Repeat the whole of the second part for the front.

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How to make the sleeves of the kimono cardigan

Below we’re going to explain how to make the sleeves of the kimono cardigan, remember you’ll need to repeat this step to get both sleeves.

Using colour 1 and no. 6,5mm needles cast on 76 stitches
Rib stitch 1/1 the first 4 rounds
From round 5 to round 18: (still with colour 1) stockinette stitch all rows (14 rows)

Switch to colour 2
From round 19 to round 36: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Switch to colour 1
From round 37 to round 54: stockinette stitch all rows (18 rows)

Bind off softly.

Stitching up and finishing off

Firstly, sew the shoulders like this: position one at the front and one at the back, the right sides facing each other, and sew the two parts together (34 stitches) using the same yarn as the work.

Repeat the same thing for the other shoulder.

Now join the sleeves of the kimono cardigan together. Sew the first sleeve by lining the centre of the sleeve up with the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other sleeve.

Here, we sew up the sides of the kimono cardigan and the sleeves in this way: align the sides of the kimono cardigan up to the sleeves and sew them together with an invisible seam. Repeat everything for the other side.

To finish off the central hem of the kimono cardigan, pick up along the sides of the front and the neckline (behind) 198 stitches on no.7mm needles and work with the two threads together (one for each colour) as follows: work 3 rows of the rib stitch 1/1.

Bind off loosely and thread in all the threads.

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