Baby Crochet Kimono Wrap

Jan 22, 2009
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Author

Susanne Visch

Introduction

Every baby should have a version of this highly customizable kimono wrap in his or her wardrobe. Make it in a camouflage varigated yarn or make a very girly version in pink with a picot or shell edging and a flower appliqué. Anything you can think of!

This kimono wrap is worked in one piece from the neck down in hdc. Gauge of example (12 months size) is 14 hdc / cm. However, if you follow the measurements given throughout the pattern any gauge and stitch can be used.

Materials List

The example kimono wrap was made using

- a 4,5 mm hook (US 7)
- a 4 mm hook (US 6) for the ties
- 2.5 skein of Wibra Iris yarn (100% acrylic, 125 m / 50 g)

- a small amount of orange yarn of the edging in similar weight and material as the main yarn used.

Finished Size

Baby Sizes: approx. 6 months ( 12 months, 18 months) My daughter Rosalinde (at the moment of this writing about 8,5 months old) is wearing the 12 month size in the picture fully closed. As you can see it is still rather big on her. But, better too big then too small!

Gauge

Gauge of example (12 months size) is 14 hdc / 10 cm (4 "). However, if you follow the measurements given throughout the pattern any gauge and stitch can be used.

Notes

- hdc-inc = 3 hdc in 1 stitch

- hdc-dec = decreasing 1 hdc over next 2 stitches as follows: [yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw lp through] twice, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook.

The Pattern

Body of kimono wrap

1. Start with a hdc foundation row consisting off 29 (33, 37) hdc ( 20,7 , 23,5 , 26,4 cm)

2. Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc-inc in next stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 7 (8, 9) stitches, hdc-inc, 1 hdc in each of the next 9 (11, 13) stitches, hdc-inc, 1 hdc in each of the next 7 (8, 9) stitches, hdc-inc, 2 hdc in last stitch.

3. Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch, with hdc-inc in the middle of each hdc-inc of the previous row. End with 2 hdc in last stitch.

Repeat 3. till the length between the second and third hdc-inc (measured from the middle hdc of the hdc-inc to the other middle hdc) is 23,5 cm (27,5 cm, 30 cm)

4. In this row the armhole will be closed. Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch until the next hdc-inc, then * hdc in the first 2 stitches of the hdc-inc of the previous row. Skip the next length of hdc's and hdc directly into the middle hdc of the hdc-inc of the previous row *. Hdc across until next hdc-inc, then repeat from * to *. Hdc across till end of row and end with 2 hdc in last stitch.

5. Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across, end with 2 hdc in last stitch.

Repeat 5. till the diagonal parts of the left and right front panel are each only 2 stitches away from being the same width as the back panel of the kimono wrap. (With the left front panel the panel is meant that is on the left in the picture above.)

6. Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across until the left front panel is reached. Then hdc in next stitch, ch 1, skip 1 stitch and continue with hdc across , end with 2 hdc in last stitch.

7. Ch 1, turn, hdc across.

Repeat 7. till the kimono wrap measures approx. 24 cm (26,5 cm, 29 cm) from shoulder till bottom hem.

Edging

With right side facing, ch 1, sc up front opening until you reach the lower corner of the diagonal. Without ending off, make a chain about 25 cm long (in my case 45 chains). Switch to the smaller hook and slip stitch back along the chain. When you reach the corner of the diagonal again, switch to bigger hook and sc to corner. (Tie made).

Then continue to sc around neckline and down other front opening until you reach the lower corner of the diagonal, make tie with the same amount of chains used before. Then continue with sc around, 3 sc in corner stitch, sc around hemline, 3 sc in other corner stitch and join with a slip stitch. Fasten off.

Also make 2 separate ties and sew these firmly on the sides (where the side seam would be if there was one) on the same height as the other 2 ties are.

You can of course use buttons instead of ties although in my opinion the ties have the advantage that they can be adjusted so the wrap will fit longer. Buttonholes can be made by skipping the appropriate amount of chains when making the edging. For a sturdier finish do another round of sc along hemline and opening. Make the last round of edging with the right side facing.

Sleeves

1. With right side facing, attach yarn at bottom of armhole, ch 2. Hdc around and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.

2. Ch 2, turn, hdc around and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.

3. Ch 2, turn, hdc-dec, hdc around until last 2 stitches, hdc-dec and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.

Repeat 2. and 3. until the width of the sleeve measures approx. 8 cm (9 cm, 10 cm).

Then repeat 2. until the sleeve measures 15 cm (17 cm, 19 cm) in length.

When doing an edging in contrasting yarn, finish off. Join yarn in new color with right side facing, ch 1 and sc around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 1. Finish of and weave in ends.
Repeat with other sleeve.

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Comments

on Jan 22, 2009 5:54 PM

mad for crochet!This is great! I want one for me.

bmarchaj wrote
on Jan 24, 2009 7:32 AM

Oh this is lovely... with a little math I think this could be made into a killer cool adult kimono!!

Cute baby:)

Amanda@51 wrote
on Feb 25, 2009 8:13 AM

What weight is the yarn used?

pandorakick wrote
on Feb 26, 2009 2:08 AM

An indication of the weight for this yarn is not given by the manufacturer. I think however that is in the range of fingering / sport weight. Every skein has a yardage of 136 yards (124 meters) and a weight of 50 grams (1.76 ounces).

You can use other weights of yarn in this pattern though, just use the measurements indicated throughout the instructions.

Regards,

Susanne

on Sep 2, 2009 5:13 PM

This looks gorgeous! Is it written in UK or US terms?

Thanks

pandorakick wrote
on Sep 4, 2009 1:46 AM
Glad you like it!

US crochet terminology has been used in this pattern.

Regards,

Susanne

PattiK@5 wrote
on Sep 10, 2009 3:29 PM

As a new grandmother, I will definitely make this for my granddaughter. This is a beautiful sweater, and baby, as well.

Jaxx317 wrote
on Sep 13, 2009 9:55 PM

Hi there - This is a really beautiful pattern and I am super excited to have found it! I've been crocheting hats and blankets for some time, and have decided to finally venture into clothing.

I am attempting to follow your pattern and cannot get past step 4. I get all the way up to "hdc in the first two stitches of the hdc-inc of the previous row," and I have no idea what I'm supposed to do after that. I can't figure it out from the photos either. I'm not clear on what exactly "Skip the next length of hdc's and hdc directly into the middle hdc of the hdc-inc of the previous row" means - what length am I supposed to be skipping? Would appreciate your help! Thanks :)

yellofaerie wrote
on Dec 2, 2009 4:41 PM

You're closing the armhole there. So, you will crochet in the first two stitches of the hdc-inc (increase#1), and then crochet again in the second stitch of the hdc-inc (increase#2) skipping all the other stitches in between to make the hole. I know its hard to explain. Maybe we should ask the designer if she can come up with a pattern chart for that particular step???

yellofaerie wrote
on Dec 2, 2009 4:47 PM

Thanks for linking this in Ravelry! I just found it and am flying through the pattern as fast as possible with about two weeks to make two of these in time for Christmas! It's a nice design and your daughter is a cute little model!

jessyz wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 1:50 AM
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I am stuck like Jaxx317. I've reached the point where it is 30 cm from B to C. Shouldn't I crochet from A to B thn from B skip back to A to close the Arm hole?

Momndiva wrote
on Feb 28, 2010 6:12 PM

Awesome baby sweater. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I will make te wrap sweaer as a gift.

lanehampton wrote
on Apr 4, 2010 9:11 PM

THANKS!!

greencouch wrote
on Apr 11, 2010 6:20 PM
greencouch wrote
on Apr 11, 2010 6:20 PM
sparkyd wrote
on Mar 16, 2012 11:00 AM

I love this pattern. My neice is having twin girls in a couple of months and I made 2 of them, one pink with yellow trim and the other yellow with pink trim.....they are so cute. Can't wait til they get here and see them in them. Thanks for the pattern.

Krynne wrote
on Apr 15, 2012 6:40 PM

Okay I am stuck on step 6 which says "Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across until the left front panel is reached. Then hdc in next stitch, ch 1, skip 1 stitch and continue with hdc across , end with 2 hdc in last stitch."

What is meant by "until the left front panel is reached"?  I thought the end (where the 2 HDC are placed) was the "front panel"... so how do I add more HDC when I am already at the end where the front is?

As well, please be aware that I am left handed so my "across" will be reverse to what it says.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated... and thank you!

Krynne wrote
on Apr 15, 2012 6:55 PM

As well... I am not understanding where and how the ties are placed.  I can see how one side is set... basially one tie on the end of the row in the bottom of the last row we make, and the other tie is on the opposite side of the garment... so when the flap is folded they tie the garment closed.

But what is eluding me is the second set of ties and their placements... how do they work please?  Is the other set on the inside of the garment?  I am very lost here!

The pictures the designer has above are not very visually helpful in reagerd to both my questions.

j-rfiske wrote
on May 20, 2012 7:19 PM

Anyone who has finished this please help. I need to understand step 4 I followed it and end up with only one arm hole is this right? 

Krynne wrote
on Jul 11, 2012 8:04 PM

Okay... seeing as how it has been nearly 3 months since I posted I am assuming that no one is going to answer my question.  Sad, because I was making this for a daughter who has a baby due in October... I really would have liked to have finished this for her.  Looks like I will have to find something else that is easier to follow and has active members who can answer my questions.  I'm now taking this off my favourites list.

Messner wrote
on Aug 2, 2012 4:18 PM

Has anyone figured out how to make this for a newborn. I am expecting a baby boy in December and would like to make one for him. Since he will be worn when it's cold out.

jschnoebel wrote
on Aug 9, 2012 1:05 AM

I wish I had read the other comments before I re-started this. Like others posted here, I can not get step 4 to work. It would be helpful to have pictures or more clear instructions. Since the others got no response to their cry for help, I guess this one will go in the scrap bag. Such a shame after so many hours of work.

Paperweight wrote
on Aug 29, 2012 2:50 AM

To those having trouble with step 4 - I made what I think is the same mistake, and had to unpick 12 rows...

There should be 4 sets of hdc-inc in each row in step 3. One at each end and two in the middle. I initially misread the pattern where it says 'hdc in each stitch with hdc-inc in the middle of each hdc-inc of the previous row' and didn't make the first and last sets of increases, only ending up with two sets (the ones in the middle). 

For step 4 hdc-inc #1 attaches to #2, then hdc in each stitch between #2 & #3, and #3 then attaches to #4. Hope that makes sense. 

jaa396 wrote
on Sep 24, 2012 3:34 PM

I made this baby gift a year ago and it has become a great hit with family and friends and many requests to crochet it again. :)

I had trouble getting past row #4 but Susanne Visch provided additional instructions that I do not find here .  Can you help - every that I gave the pattern to along with me again - are getting stuck at row #4. :(

PLS/TKU

Janet

reba67 wrote
on Mar 14, 2013 3:59 PM

Thank you SO much for your sweater pattern!  It's simply darling.  I made it four years ago and have meant to send you a thank you for so long.  I never finish projects because I'm terrible with gauge.  But because you offered measurements, I was able to make the whole thing and now my second daughter will be wearing it this spring.  It was fun to make and watch it turn into something wearable and sweet!  I did mine in a solid coral and added scalloped trim around the neckline and hem.  THANK YOU!  Do you have any other patterns???