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Summer Kimono Sleeve Cardigan

Summer Kimono Sleeve Cardigan

This pattern will teach you how to knit a sweater that is comfy, stylish and perfect for the summer. This summer kimono sleeve cardigan is lightweight and short-sleeved, making it a great layer to throw on when the hot daytime heat turns to cooler nights. The cropped design would look great over a breezy summer dress. The textured box stitch and wide lapels also add a lot of visual interest and character to the sweater, while the green color would work for both summer and spring.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

 

Materials:

  • Bernat Super Value (197 g/7 oz; 389 m/426 yds) 53246 (Lush)
  • Sizes XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL=3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5 balls
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch holder.

 

Measurements:

To fit bust measurement:

Extra-Small/Small 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
Medium 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust:

X-Small/Small 38½" [98 cm]
Medium 41" [104 cm]
Large 44" [112 cm]
Extra-Large 46½" [118 cm]
2/3 X-Large 57" [144.5 cm]
4/5 X-Large 62½" [158.5 cm]

 

Abbreviations:
Approx =Approximate(ly)
Beg= Beginning
Cont= Continue(ity)
Dec= Decrease(ing)
Inc= Increase(ing)
K= Knit
P= Purl
Pat= Pattern
Rem= Remaining
Rep= Repeat
RS= Right side
St(s)= Stitch(es)
WS= Wrong side

 

Gauge:
18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.

 

Note:
Garment is worked in one piece.

 

Instructions:
Beg at lower back edge, cast on 87 (93-99-105-129-141) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). *K3. P3. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.
2nd row: *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P3.
3rd and 4th rows: As 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row: *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P3.
6th row: *K3. P3. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.
7th and 8th rows: As 5th and 6th rows.
These 8 rows form Box St Pat.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 9½ (9½-10-10-10½-10½)" [24 (24-25.5-25.5-26.5-26.5) cm], ending on a 4th or 8th row of pat.

Shape sides:
Keeping cont of pat, inc 1 st each end of next 6 rows, taking inc sts into pat. 99 (105-111-117-141-153) sts.

Shape sleeves:
Keeping cont of pat, cast on 9 (9-9-8-7-6) sts beg next 10 rows. 189 (195-201-197-211-213) sts. Place markers at each end of last row.
Cont even in pat until work from markers measures 6 (6-7-7-8-8)" [15 (15-18-18-20.5-20.5) cm], ending with a WS row. Place markers at each end of last row.

Divide fronts:
Next row: (RS). Pat across 81 (84-87-84-91-92) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Right Front:
Cont even in pat on 81 (84-87-84-91-92) sts for 7 rows.
Inc 1 st at neck edge on next and every following 4th row 9 times more, taking inc sts into pat. 91 (94-97-94-101-102) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from 2nd set of markers measures 6 (6-7-7-8-8)" [15 (15-18-18-20.5-20.5) cm], ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeve and side edge:
Cast off 9 (9-9-8-7-6) sts beg next and following alt rows 4 times more. 46 (49-52-54-66-72) sts.
Dec 1 st at side edge on next 6 rows. 40(43-46-48-60-66) sts. Place marker at side edge of last row.
Cont even in pat until work from last marker measures 9½ (9½-10-10-10½-10½)" [24 (24-25.5-25.5-26.5-26.5) cm], ending with a WS row.
Cast off in pat.
With RS facing, slip next 27 (27-27-29-29-29) center Back sts onto a st holder.
Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.

Left Front:
Cont even in pat on 81 (84-87-84-91-92) sts for 7 rows.
Inc 1 st at neck edge on next and every following 4th rows 9 times more, taking inc sts into pat. 91 (94-97-94-101-102) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from 2nd set of markers measures 6 (6-7-7-8-8)" [15 (15-18-18-20.5-20.5) cm], ending with a RS row.

Shape sleeve and side edge:
Cast off 9 (9-9-8-7-6) sts beg next and following alt rows 4 times more. 46 (49-52-54-66-72) sts.
Dec 1 st at side edge on next 6 rows. 40 (43-46-48-60-66) sts. Place marker at side edge of last row.
Cont even in pat until work from last marker measures approx 9½ (9½-10-10-10½-10½)" [24 (24-25.5-25.5-26.5-26.5) cm], ending on 4th or 8th row of pat.
Cast off in pat.

FINISHING

Neck edging:
With RS facing, pick up and knit 73 (73-81-81-91-91) sts up right front neck edge. K27 (27-27-29-29-29) from back neck st holder. Pick up and knit 73 (73-81-81-91-91) sts down left front neck edge. 173 (173-189-191-211-211) sts.
1st row: (WS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows for Seed St Pat for 5½” [14 cm], ending on a WS row. Cast off loosely in pat.

Sew side and sleeve seams

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Hello dear staff, is possible to have a draft, for easier knitting? Thanks in advance. Loredana

Hi loredanapetkovic, what exactly is it that you mean by "draft?" If you're looking for a printed-out version of the pattern, just scroll down past the pattern to the set of social media buttons, above the section that says "You Might Also Like," click the button that says "more," and then click the button with the printer image on it. We hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I followed your instructions as I too, would like to print out the pattern... the printer button did nothing.

Got in on the 3rd try! Thanks!

I love the collor of this kimono. This simple design is easy to knit. Depending on the type of yarn I use, I can wear it all year round.

I love this sweet little sweater, though I would be tempted to shorten the sleeves to above the elbow. I see that the pattern has been amended to identify the knitting needles correctly. It will be good practice to learn how to work on circular needles though I am sure the sweater could be made on a long pair of straight needles.

There are 3 sets of knitting needles mentioned in this pattern, in the "Knitting Needle Size" 2 straight 3.75mm (US 5), 5mm (US 8), as well in the "materials" 5mm (US 8) circular needles are indicated. I'm a little confused, it says we are to work with the circular needles, which I'm assuming are 5mm (US 8). So at what point are the straight needles used, to slip stitches on to the extra needle when dividing the front??....if that's the case why mention two different sizes of straight needles and only the one size of circular needles?? Are we to use the 5mm circular needles regardless of the size garment we choose??

I think there is a misprint in the pattern details on here, when I checked on the Bernat website the only needles required are 5mm circulars 36" long. I use stitch holders for the held stitches because its less likely to lose any in a big project like this. Hope this helps someone.

I am confused as to what size measurement to make. One states for 'to fit bust measurement' and the other states for 'finished bust' measurement. Why are they different?

If you want a garment to comfortably fit your 36" to 38 " bust, the garment will need to be a bit larger than your actual bust- thus the 41" finished measurement. This is called "positive ease", as opposed to "negative ease" where your finished measurements will be much closer to your actual bust size so you can have a tighter, more form fitting effect.

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