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Bright and Breezy Kimono

Take your lounging look to the next level with the Bright and Breezy Kimono. Youll look like a graceful star with this light sweater draped over your shoulders. Created by knitting a series of squares and then sewing them together, this knit sweater pattern is easily mastered by knitters of almost all skill levels. A unique eyelet pattern makes this a great sweater for spring and autumn days when the temperature is a little lower on the scale.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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

MEASUREMENTS
Finished bust measurement
S/M - 40 ins [101.5 cm]
L/XL - 45 ins [114.5 cm]
XXL - 50 ins [127 cm]


Finished chest measurment
S/M - 20 ins [51 cm]
L/XL - 21 ins [53.5 cm]
XXL - 22 ins [56 cm]


MATERIALS

  • Main Color (MC) Caron Simply Soft (4.00 oz / 113 g and 208 yd / 190 m): Strawberry (0015) 4 (4, 5)
  • One pair size U.S. 7 (4.5mm) straight needles or size to obtain gauge.
  • Size 8 (5mm) circular needle, 32”/73.5cm long

 

GAUGE
In Eyelet Pattern using smaller needle, 13 sts and 14 rows = 4”/10cm.


INSTRUCTIONS

STITCHES USED
Garter stitch (garter st):
Knit every row.


Eyelet Pattern (multiple of 2 sts + 1):
Row 1 (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *ssk, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Eyelet patt

 

NOTE
Circular needle in larger size is used to accommodate the large number of sts when knitting the front band. Do not join stitches into a circle but work back and forth in rows.


BACK
With larger circular needle, loosely CO 65 (73, 81) sts. Do not join.
Knit 6 rows for garter st.


Change to smaller straight needles and work Eyelet patt as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3: K1, *ssk, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Eyelet patt until piece measures 20 (21, 22)”/51 (53.5, 56)cm from CO edge, ending with a WS row.
BO all sts loosely in knit.


FRONTS (make 2)
With larger circular needle, loosely CO 25 (29, 33) sts. Do not join.
Knit 6 rows for garter st.


Change to smaller straight needles and work in Eyelet patt until piece measures same as Back to shoulder, ending with a WS row.
BO all sts loosely in knit.


SLEEVES (make 2)
With larger circular needle, loosely CO 65 (65, 65) sts.
Knit 6 rows f or garter st.
Change to smaller straight needles and work in Eyelet patt until piece measures 12”/30.5cm from CO edge.
BO all sts loosely in knit.

FINISHING
Block pieces to measurements.
Join shoulders leaving center 5 ½ (6, 6 ½)”/14 (15, 16.5) cm on center of Back open for neck. Placing center of top of Sleeve at shoulder seam, sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams.


Frontbands and Neckband
Using larger circular needle, beg at bottom of Right Front, pick up and k67 (71, 75) sts along Right Front to shoulder, 19 (21, 23) sts across Back neck opening and 67 (71, 75) sts along Left Front to bottom—153 (163, 173) sts. Do not join. Work in garter st until band measures 3 (3, 3 ½)”/7. (7.5, 9)cm.
BO all sts loosely.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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I made this sweater this spring in a cotton/acrylic blend and it is bunny-soft and so comfortable! You do have to watch the ends of the rows, to be sure you do the last YO to keep the stitch count right.

What a sweet pattern! I like that it has a squarish tale in that it's impossible to find one in the store and that's exactly what I need. I've never knitted with circular needles before but I'm up this new adventure. This will be a head turner indeed! Wow, it'll be fun to decide the color...or two...or three.

I am having a terrible time with the eyelet pattern. I start out with 65 and I am extremely careful with each row in the eyelet pattern, but at the end of each row, I seem to be a 63, then 62, etc. Please help.

When you are losing stitches in an eyelet pattern, it's always best to look to your yo. A yo between k2tog's is a lot harder than it looks, I tell my new knitters to use markers every set of pattern stitches. Which in this case would be every 2 stitches until they have the pattern established, so about 5 to 10 rows. If you don't have a bunch of markers, the inexpensive packages of safety pins from the dollar store work great as markers. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

Gorgeous kimono pattern. I especially like that it is oversized when completed. The instructions are easy to follow use of a row counter assists greatly in keeping track of pattern stitch rows. In addition to saving time to knit your project. Customize your design by selecting your specific type of yarn and color.

I have done this pattern easily. When I wear it, people in the stores talk to me about it because they love it. So this year, I am starting a new one with another colour. Thank you for such a lovely pattern.

Another neat cardigan - I have to win a large LARGE lottery if I am ever to complete the items on my to-knit list. At least if I were to win a lottery I could hire a team of knitters and put them to work knitting my favourites from AFK.com -- the list grows daily and I should greatly like to see them knit and ready to wear

I'm knitting the smallest size and cast in 65 stitches. Every few rows I seem to be reducing the number of stitches. I can't work out the mistake. I understood the back should remain 65 stitches. Am I missing some yarn overs?

For every decrease in this pattern-ssk and k2tog, there is an increase yo-you should never be doing any increase or decrease without doing the other to maintain the stitch count each row. I know it's late, hope it helps someone.

I was having the same problem, then I realised it was row 3 it states k1ssk yo. But then I realised if I did k1 yo ssk yo then it worked out fine.

Could I double check the measurements please? It's giving finished bust measurements as 40", 45" and 50", but the int's showing 'Chest'measurements in the 20" range. That's a mistake surely? Is it supposed to be the finished length? It looks a lovely pattern, but I'd like to be sure before i start on it.

That is a mistake on here, you are correct it's supposed to be finished bust and length-I just verified it on the caron website because I wanted to verify the yarn amounts.

Pretty sweater is just the thing to take the chill off a Spring or Summer evening. It should work up quickly and the eyelet pattern is easy to memorize and follow.

Cuteness!

I am using the yarn stated. Gauge is corect for sts /inch at 13 sts = 4"; but row gauge is working out to 16 rows = 2.25"; not 14 rows = 4" as stated gauge on pattern. Is row gauge correct as stated? If so how can sts per inch be corect but rows per inch be so off?

I can't wait to cast on this sweater! It looks like the perfect sweater to relax in on a summer evening.

Can't wait to get started, this will be for me.

Where is the construction chart for this?

The original pattern did not include a construction chart, so we are unable to include one in our reproduction of the pattern. Sorry about any inconvenience this might cause! Editors of AllFreeKnitting

What is the yardage required for the Bright and Breezy kimono pattern please.

We've updated the pattern to include the yardage of the recommended yarn. Most sizes require 832 yards of yarn, but the largest size calls for 1,040 yards. Editors of AllFreeKnitting

The construction chart has nothing to do with this pattern, it appears to be an error. I just finished this and it is awesome!

I don't understand this pattern. It doesn't explain how many squares to make and the construction pattern doesn't make sense to me. I am not an advanced knitter so I would like this explained to me as I would like to knit this sweater. Thank you

I'm also confused by the construction chart.

I'm confused by the construction chart. It doesn't look like it goes witht his pattern. Also...what is the "chest" in the finished chest measurement?

I am not quite sure how to read the linked construction chart. What do the numbered squares indicate?

I noticed there were some details missing from the pattern, like which yarn to use. I looked it up on the website and its Caron Simply Soft-great yarn. So glad you put this up today, I think I finally found the pattern to bust that part of my stash on! thanx.

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