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May 30, 2009

A small sweater coat for cool nights and chilly days….. my first knitting pattern is
now available on Ravelry! I tried to keep the pattern straightforward like the kimono and sundress patterns, but it is really a challenge for me to distill knitting into words. Hopefully I was successful and knitters will find the pattern a simple, gratifying knit.

Like my sewing creations, this little coat started as a request from my sister. And as Floria grew, another was requested…. pretty soon the boys each wanted one. And now, the neighbors’ kids want ’em!

** I updated the pattern size info as well as added a bit more info.

If you are a knitter who would like this pattern, but you’re not on Ravelry, please feel free to email me at afinlarc at yahoo dot com.

Updated Kimono Pattern.

July 14, 2008

Edit: There was an error on the math of the expanded sizes….so, the pattern has been updated again as of 16 July, 2008. Sorry for the confusion!

The Simple Kimono Wrap (version 2) is officially updated.

The pattern now includes:

  • Expanded sizing up to a Youth 8.
  • Measurements in cm as well as inches.
  • Added photos & notes of various kimonos, emphasizing the neck area.
  • An entire page devoted to the binding.

I hope this makes it easier for everyone. As always, let me know if you have any difficulty with the pattern. Please add your photos to the Simple Kimono Wrap Flickr group.

Kimono Flickr.

July 9, 2008

Kirsten had a brilliant idea: start a Flickr group to collect Kimono photos. I think this is genius, so I did it. The new Flickr group is here and it’s public. Send your Simple Kimono Wrap photos on over and start sharing.

Completed, In progress, In Use…..whatever! It will be a great place to share photos and collect inspiration. Also, feel free to start any discussion if you have any trouble with the pattern and always feel free to email me. I am thrilled that people are having fun with the pattern and would love to see what other people come up with!

How the Ties Work.

June 21, 2008

Here are some additional photos of the ties.

The binding around the neck is a continuous piece with about 10″ to 12″ extra at each end. Those ends for the ties. The other ties are under each armpit- one on the interior, one on the exterior.

More photos here.

Simple Kimono Wrap

June 20, 2008

The tutorial is up! I rushed a bit, but I gave it my best shot. Please note, that it’s written in such a way as to assume knowledge of basic pattern terminology as well as things like how to make your own binding. Feel free to email me if you would like a copy, take a look at it and leave me a comment if anything is unclear or if you need a little more help (I have no problem revising it and uploading revisions over time). I’ve never written tutorials before, and it’s harder than I thought!

Enjoy this fun little project, it’s really quick and easy. And be sure to post or email me photos if you make one of your own! And I warn you, they are addictive…..

Edit: I recommend making a fabric pattern out of scrap or muslin. Then you can reuse it in the future. Also, it will help you to practice/visualize the kimono and how it wraps/ties.

Once you make a Kimono Wrap, please check out the Flickr Group and share your creations!

Kimono, revised.

May 4, 2008

I’ve simplified the kimono within an inch of its life. It’s now, more or less, a “T” shape and the size is determined with a proportion figure. All that easing in the shoulder/arm pit is not really necessary for a baby. I don’t know what I was thinking. Apparently over-thinking….

I used some excess cotton fabric to make this little prototype (no more using of the ‘good fabrics’ for trial runs) and I’m pleased with the outcome (though the colors are a bit garish). I didn’t bother with reversible binding either for this version. I will post the pattern this week if anyone wants it. The size will be 0-6 months with what I think will work for 6-12 months as well. I have no way to test out anything larger than that just yet.


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