Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Seamless Baby Kimono

Another pattern for people to try! This is a completely seamless baby kimono. This particular version is an 8ply but I have plans to write it for heavier yarns. Hope you like it.

The Pattern

Size: approximately 6 - 9 months (size 00)

100g 8 ply (DK) yarn

(feel free to make this in a worsted weight yarn, it will just be a smidge larger. If you don't want it a smidge larger stop increasing a little earlier)

4 stitch markers

4mm 80cm circular

4mm DPNs

Waste yarn

Stitch holder

Darning needle

A button

Gauge: 22sts / 10cm


pm – place marker

kfb – knit front and back

slm – slip marker

yo – yarn over


CO 34 stitches using the circular needle.

Row 1: kfb, pm, kfb, k4, kfb, pm, kfb, k18, kfb, pm, kfb, k4, kfb, pm, kfb

You have now created the right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve and left front between the markers.

Row 2: purl across

Row 3: k1, yo, kfb, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, kfb, k20, kfb, slm, kfb, k6, kfb, slm, kfb, yo, k1

Row 4: purl across

Row 5: k1, yo, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to last stitch, yo, k1.

Row 6: purl across.

Continue repeating rows 5 and 6 until there are 50 stitches between the2nd and 3rd markers (across the back)

Create the sleeves: k1, yo, k to first marker, place the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, pm, knit back stitches, place the other sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, pm, knit to last stitch, yo, k1

Next row: purl across

The lower body:

Row 1: k1, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1

Row 2: purl across

Continue repeating rows 1 and 2 until there are 50 stitches on both front panels (the sections outside of the markers). 150 stitches total.

Next row: knit across

Make side tie:

Row 1: Knit to first marker, slm, kfb, slip first stitch on right needle back to the left, place the next stitch on the right needle on a stitch holder placing the holder to the right side of the work, slip the first stitch back onto the right needle, knit to end

Row 2: Knit to stitch before second marker, kfb, slip first stitch on right needle back to the left, place the next stitch on the right needle on a stitch holder placing the holder to the right side of the work, slip the first stitch back onto the right needle, slm, knit to end

Row 3: Knit to first marker, slm, kfb, slip first stitch on right needle back to the left, place the next stitch on the right needle on a stitch holder placing the holder to the right side of the work, slip the first stitch back onto the right needle,, knit to end

Row 4: Knit

BO loosely


Evenly space the sleeve stitches on 3 DPNs.

With the right side facing, locate the centre bottom of the sleeve opening. Pick up two stitches from the left of the opening and continue knitting the round, picking up two additional stitches onto needle 3 (40 stitches total)

Knit 2 more rounds

Decrease Round: k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1

Decrease every 4th round a further 8 times (22 sts)

Knit next 4 rounds

Alternate purl one round, knit the next for next 4 rounds.

BO loosely


Side tie: Join yarn to the three stitches on the stitch holder.

*Knit 15 cm of garter stitch.

Next row: k2tog, k1

Last row: k2tog, thread yarn through remaining stitch.*

Front tie: pick up 3 stitches from the edge of the garter stitch section of the right front section. Repeat from * to *


Weave in ends. Sew the button on the inside of the right hand flap to use the bottom eyelet of the left flap as a button hole.


If you don't like the eyelet trim use an increase other than yo such as kfb or m1. If you want the kimono to cross the other way simply make the side tie around the other marker and switch the front tie and button.

Check some of the other great modifications that people have made at Ravelry.

Approximate finished dimensions

After a Bulky version? Click here!

For patterns in additional sizings click here.

This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.


YawnOver said...

I can't believe it - I was just searching Ravelry for a seamless baby kimono and up this popped, just one day old :) This innernets are really something! Anyway, I love the pattern and want to give it a whirl but have a dumb question - what do you mean by "8-ply" yarn? Is that fingering, dk, or something else? Thanks!

YawnOver said...

Hmm..helps to read along, doesn't it? ;) I just checked the gauge, so you can disregard my previous question. Off to cast on!

Donna said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. It is just what I was looking for.

miss mandy of flitwick said...

thanks so much for the pattern I am really enjoying it, perfect for any baby

binkwaffle (Holly) said...

What a cute kimono. Do you know of anyone who's used smaller yarn rather than larger? I have some fingering weight that I'd love to try, but the math involved might not be worth it. :-)

Jack said...

There is actually not a lot of maths. Just keep increasing until the back section has reached the appropriate measurement (see the schematic) rather than the correct number of stitches. you might find that you have to add to the bottom after you have finished the increases (same number of stitches on the front panels as you ended up with in the back) to get the length. Does that help?

Anonymous said...

Lovely... thanks for sharing your pattern.

purltoo said...

Love your kimono. It's really unisex which is something I always look for. I knit for charity and one never knows who will wind up wearing it.

cathye said...

Found your pattern when I was looking for a one-skein project for some hand-dyed yarn. It was perfect for the yarn and I love the result. (It's on Ravelry in MurphyLu's projects.)

Cadi said...

Thank you! I loved the pattern. My finished lil' kimono is here: http://flickr.com/photos/cadilily/2411704376/

Unknown said...

Another cute one!! Thanks again!!
You do have alot of talent!! Thanks for sharing with us!

Northern Downpour said...

this is so cute! how would you go about making it bigger?

Jack said...

I am in the process of sizing this design from newborn to 2T. Stay tuned...

Unknown said...

Could you please tell me what "KFB" stands for? I'm an American knitter and I have no idea what that means. I LOVE this pattern.

Jack said...

kfb is the abbreviation for "knit front and back". I am pretty sure it is an international term? Anyway it means to knit into a stitch normally, not remove the stitch from the left needle and then knit again into the back of the same stitch before removing it from the left needle.

Anonymous said...

I found this pattern through Ravelry.
It will make the perfect baby gift. I also enjoyed your blog very much this morning as I sipped my coffee.Thank you!

Unknown said...

has the 2T version been posted yet? I can't find it if it has...

Unknown said...

What a wonderful kimono. Thank you for posting this tutorial.

First time here...linked from Twenty Cent Mixture :)

Have a beautiful day :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern Jacki. Found this on Ravelry and love what others have done. I am a beginner knitter and want to have a go at the seamless baby kimono but not sure what is meant by "slip marker". Thanks again for this pattern

Jack said...

Slip marker just means slip it from the left needle to the right, doing nothing else to it.

Anonymous said...

I just started this beautiful sweater. I wanted to do it with a different color border around all the edges - would it be too much to ask for you to tell me how to do that? I've just started knitting and see that I'm starting from the top and doing the YOs for the front wrap part, so not sure exactly how/when to incorporate the main body color and stop using the border color. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Love the pattern... but i wanted one for me! (adult) seems like all the adult ones require seams, and none of them are just a simple kimono style! i'm new to knitting, so not sure i can do the math to make this my size!

Mandy said...

This is such a lovely, easy, perfect, cozy sweater. Thank you so much for sharing it for free! I'm working it in Rowan Cotton Glace, and it's so delicious I might eat it before I'm done. I, too, may want to make it in a slightly larger (i.e. grown-up) size. I'll share pictures when finished! Thank you!

Jennifer Perkins said...

Super cute pattern. Just wanted to let you know I mentioned it on my blog today. Alas I do not know how to knit, but I am passing the link onto my friend Vickie who does.

Michelle said...

I am new to knitting and am confused on the first row..a stitch marker and a place holder are they the same thing, or is one on the stitch and the other on the needle?
Next, when you say knit front and back then knit 4 then knit front and back do you just knit those 4 stitches and leave the others on the needle?
Sorry if this is an easy fix :)

Jack said...

Hi there, I think we mean the same things when I say stitch marker and you say place holder.

As for the next part, I am not sure wheat you mean. There are 6 stitches between the stitch marker. The first stitch is knit into twice (once through the front loop and once through the back) before it is dropped of the left needle. 4 stitches are then knit normally and then the last stitch is worked as for the first.

Does that help?

Another Jennifer said...

I love knitting top down and was thrilled when I found this pattern on Ravelry. I have finished the body but have too many stiches (in the body and sleeve) and I think it's because I included the sleeve stiches in the body. Should the sleeve stiches be put on a holder rather than just on waste yarn and continually knit? I was thinking about thumbs on mittens! Thanks!

susie said...

Thank you for sharing this pattern. I have made something very similiar for a 12mth old and a friend now wants me to make one for a 4yo but I have no idea how to increase patterns. Are you able to direct me, help me or advise???

Unknown said...

Hello Jack, i am an italian knitter, i start doing the baby kimono but i have a question: what do you mean by "knit to stitch before next marker"? do i have to slip the stitch that is in between or do i knit 2tog?
Thank you for the pattern, hope you can help.

Jack said...

Michal, it just means that you are going to do the KFB on the stitch immediately before the marker.

Jennifer said...

thanks for the pattern. I just finished the body and will do the sleeves tomorrow probably.

I did mess up the tie part (ended up with 2 loops on the left and 1 on the right LOL) but that's fixable.

Thanks so much! I can't wait to try some variations!!


Occidental Tourist said...

I purchased your cute pattern and there were two files, but only one downloaded. Do I need both?

Occidental Tourist said...

I did get two downloads (sorry). They both look the same, are they different, and if so how?

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful pattern: however, I'm near the end, and a little confused.
The last line of the lower body says to knit, then start the side tie, all three of which are written as knit rows. But looking at your pictures, it looks like that portion is entirely stockinette, not garter. But all your other rows are written out. Am I missing something about the garter edges?

Unknown said...

Cute pattern!Just for clarification, how many stitches should there be for the sleeves- including the top stitches and the bottom? Thanks for you help (and the pattern?)

HaThaNi said...

I did one too


Caitlin said...

Thanks for the great pattern. I have never knitted anything but a rectangle and have found this relatively easy. I am having trouble with the holes for the ties. It says to slip one stitch onto the stitch holder and then slip the other stitch back to the rt. needle. Then Knit to end. Do I first knit the stitch on holder? My hole does not seem large enough or even visible. What am I doing wrong? I don't understand what I have to do. I have only a few days before the shower. Please help!
Thanks, Christine

Jack said...

You aren't making a hole you are creating three extra stitches that you pick up after you have finished and use as the first three stitches of your ties. Just trust the process and all will be fine.

Caitlin said...

Jacki, I am a beginning knitter and have previously knitted only scarves and shawls. I was amazed that this pattern was easy enough that I could actually follow it. The seamless design is brilliant. Thank you, Jacki, for promptly responding to my question and, most of all, for encouraging me when I needed to finish this sweater at the 11th hour. I still can’t believe that I actually knitted a sweater! Everyone at the shower loved the sweater-the only handmade gift the mom-to-be received. Thank you again!

Finished project:

HaThaNi said...

I did one for charity and another one for daughter, this is a favorite pattern, I did buy it to keep going when baby grows :)


Jan said...

I'm not sure what to do next. I am making the kimona sweater and I've just completed steps 5-6 and ready to move forward with the sleeve, however, I don't understand what "place the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn means? Can someone explain this to me in simple terms?

ca s said...

I am a beginning knitter and I saw this a picture of this posted sleeveless could you tell me how to do that I appreciate you patience with us beginners

Wendy said...

If I don't want to use a button, can somebody suggest an alternate? Thanks!

Den said...

Traditionally the kimono is wrapped left over right. The only time it is wrapped right over left is when the wearer is deceased.

Unknown said...

When you say for the tie, knit 15cm in garter stitch do you mean make an I-cord 15 cm long? Thanks!

Unknown said...

When you say for the tie, knit 15cm in garter stitch do you mean make an I-cord 15 cm long? Thanks!

Math fox said...

Hi, I just found this pattern and I decided to try it. I have crocheted kimonos but this is my first knitted one.
I have only gone through the first 6 rows but I can see the stockinette is already curling.
Should I have started with some rows of garter around the neck?
And did I miss it in the pattern, but do you add a border of garter to curb the curling?
Will the front edges curl?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

I am making these for a Veterans group that has a baby shower for new mommies and mommies-to-be. They give each woman a basket containing blankets, sweaters, hats, booties, etc. that their members make.

Thank you.

Donna Fischer

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