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Kimono Styled Sweater | Rope Knits

Kimono Styled Sweater


Styled (quite obviously) to look like a Japanese kimono, this sweater presents a bit of a challenge in the cables, but the basic construction is quite simple and there is plenty of mindless stockinette stitch to keep your hands occupied while your mind does other things.

Pattern is six pages, and includes photo, instructions and schematic. Measurements given in inches and centimeters. The pattern does NOT currently include cable charts.

NOTE: If you purchased this pattern after December 8, 2008, the pattern includes all errata. If you purchased it before that date and would like an updated copy of the pattern, please e-mail me at sarah [at] ropeknits [dot] com with the Paypal address you used to purchase it and I’ll send you a new copy.

Useful info:

Finished chest measurement: 33(35, 36, 38, 40, 43, 46, 51.5)” [82.5 (87.5, 90, 95, 100, 107.5, 115, 129) cm]. (Fit will depend on desired amount of ease.)
Yarn: Knit Picks Elegance (70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk; 110 yards/50 grams): Ash #23538, 11 (12, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17) balls [1210 (1320, 1320, 1430, 1540, 1760, 1870) yd/ 1100 (1200, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1600, 1700) meters].
Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] on size 6 needles over st st.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular, 24”; Size 6 (4 mm) circular or straight. (Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge). Size 6 (4 mm) dpn (optional for working i-cord belt).


3 Responses to Kimono Styled Sweater

  1. Karen Kushner says:


    I just purchased your wonderful pattern for the Kimono Style sweater but the yarn suggested “knitpicks Elegance” is not made anymore. What yarn are you suggesting now? I’m looking at Galileo.
    If I buy Galileo which has a gauge of 6 stitches an inch on #3-5 do I go up to a larger needle to get 6 stitches as inch? I know I need to make a gauge but where would I start.
    Or is this too heavy a yarn and could you suggest another for another company. I’m sure many have made this sweater and I’m hoping they have told you what they used.

    Thanks! and thanks for creating this beautiful pattern.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks so much for your nice comments about the pattern.

      I’m afraid I don’t knit much anymore and really am not familiar with the variety of yarns on the market at the moment. You might want to have a look at the Ravelry projects page. Knitters have substituted a variety of different yarns and these might give you some ideas:

      It sounds like Galileo might be a bit fine for the sweater. You want to get the right number so sts per inch, of course, but you also want the fabric not to be too loose. Capra might be a better bet, but I haven’t used it myself.

      I hope that helps!

  2. Miyo Bookstein says:

    OMG, I’ve just finished your Kimono Styled Sweater tonight. I was so excited to complete as the parts went to close to completion, I could not wait to finish it.
    I love this Kimono style, I’d love to see more to come. Oh by the way you noticed I am a pure Japanese living in US for 24 years. In fact why not to make Kimono completely with hand knitting? I thought that would be beautiful with different Obi colors and styles. Well, it maybe heavy so divide into top and bottom parts?
    Anyway, love this patten. THANK YOU.

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