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Knit Garter Stitch Kimono

Photos and instructions courtesy of Bernat® Yarn





Knit Garter Stitch Kimono
This fun wrap-style kimono top is comfy, soft and great for layering.

Skill Level: Easy


    St(s) = stitch(es); in(s) = inch(es); dec = decrease; alt = alternate; beg = begin(ning); cont = continue; RS = right side; inc - increase


    6 (12-18-24) mos
    To fit chest measurement: 17 (18-19-20) ins [43 (45.5-48-53.5) cm]
    Finished chest: 21 (22-23-24) ins [53.5 (56-58.5-63.5) cm]

Materials Needed:


    22 sts and 42 rows = 4 ins (10 cm) in garter st.


    The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

    Right and Left Front (make alike):

    Cast on 52 (55-58-63) sts. Work in garter st (knit every row) for 2 ins [5 cm].

    Shape Front:

    Dec 1 st at beg of row on next and every following alt row to 35 (38-47-50) sts, then every following 4th row from previous dec to 31 (33-36-39) sts, ending at armhole edge.

    Shape Armhole:

    Cast off 7 (8-9-10) sts beg next row. 24 (25-27-29) sts.
    Dec 1 st at front edge on every following 4th row from previous dec to 12 (12-14-15) sts. Cont even until armhole measures 4 ¾ (5-5-5 ½) ins [12 (12.5-12.5-14) cm]. Cast off.


    Cast on 58 (61-64-69) sts. Work in garter st until total length measures same as front before armhole shaping.

    Shape Armhole:

    Cast off 7 (8-9-10) sts beg next 2 rows. 44 (45-46-49) sts.
    Cont even until Back measures same length as Fronts before shoulder.
    Cast off.
    Place markers 2 (2 ¼-2 ½-2 ½) ins [5.5 (5.5-6-7) cm] from sides for shoulders.


    Cast on 33 (35-39-39) sts.
    Work in garter st, inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and every following 8th row to 51 (55-55-61) sts.
    Cont even until Sleeve from beg measures 8 (9-9 ½-10) ins [20.5 (23-24-25.5) cm], ending with a RS row.
    Cast off.
    Place markers along sides 1 ¼ (1 ½-1 ½-1 ¾) ins [3 (4-4-4.5) cm] down from cast off edge.


    Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
    Sew shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves, placing rows above markers along cast off sts of Front and Back to form square armholes.

    Ties (make 4):

    Cast on 25 sts. Cast off.
    Sew 2 ties at beg of front shaping on each Front and 2 ties at side seams 2 ins [5 cm] up from cast on edge of body to match front ties.

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