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Free Crochet Kimono Pattern, Kylie Kimono

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A lacy crochet kimono has been on my mind for quite some time. I was waiting for the weather to get warmer so I can play with colors and lightweight yarn.

 

A gorgeous crochet kimono pattern designed with Lionbrand Mandala yarn will be your new wardrobe staple. You will love how airy and light this garment is. Make one for you this spring.

 

 

The sample kimono is made from Lionbrand Mandala yarn that I picked up when we visited Lionbrand Yarn Studio in New York. I think I quite like how these turned out. The pictures don’t capture the real beauty of the colors.

 

 

The lacy wave stitch I used for this crochet pattern is easy to memorize and is perfect for spring or summer. Don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Kimono Pattern

You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $3.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.

 

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Materials

1. DK weight yarn in 2 colors. I used Lionbrand Mandala in colorway Pegasus for the body and  Baby Bee yarn in color Naked for the bottom ribbing.

2. Hooks K (6.5mm) and H(5mm).

3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends and seam the sides.

 

Finished Size

All sizes are 32 inches long from the shoulder to the end of the ribbing.

 

                Armhole to Armhole Width

S                                  25″

                               26″

L                                  28″

XL                                29″

2XL                              32″

3XL                              33″

 

 Yardage

S and M: 3 skeins of Lionbrand Mandala and 120 yards of the yarn for ribbing.

L and XL: 4 skeins of Lionbrand Mandala and 200 yards of the yarn for ribbing.

2XL and 3 XL: 5 skeins of Lionbrand Mandala and 250 yards of the yarn for ribbing.

You will have some yarn left over if you are using Mandala.  If you are using a single color yarn you might only need 1700, 2100 or 2500 yards, not including the ribbing.

 

Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US terms.

ch- chain

sc-single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

dc- double crochet

tr- triple crochet

sl st- slip st

beg- beginning

 

Gauge

The Pattern for Gauge Swatch

With bigger hook and the yarn you picked for the main body, ch 50. Follow the pattern for the left panel below until you have 6 wave rows and measure for gauge.

1 wave measured from a sc to a sc = 4- 1/4 inches long

4 wave rows with sc rows on either side= 4 inches. Each pattern repeat adds 1 inch.

 

NOTES

1. This kimono is designed to be loose fitting.

2. The kimono is worked in three sections, the left panel, the middle panel and, the right panel.  The panels are continuous and NOT worked separately and sewn together.

3. Every skein of Lion Brand Mandala yarn is wound differently even if you purchase the same dye lots. If you have the purple outside on some skeins, you might have it on the inside on others. To ensure that the right side of the kimono looks the same as the left side, you might have to change colors to mirror the color changes when you are making the right panel.

4. The Kimono is worked from side to side or armhole to armhole. First, you work a very long left panel, then add a back panel that runs half its length, and then the right panel which is the same length as the left.

1. Shows how the kimono is constructed

 

Left Panel of the Crochet Kimono

With the bigger hook, Ch 210.  If you want to increase the length of the kimono, you can add multiples of 32 to this starting chain of 210. Every 32 chains added will increase the length by around 4-1/2 inches.

 

Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across to end.—–209 sc

 

Row 2(Wave Row): Ch 1 ( does not count as a st here and throughout), 1 sc in the same st as beg ch-1, 1 sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, *( ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next), repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch1, sk 1, 1 sc in last 2 sts. Turn.——–13 waves

 

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st, *( 1 sc in next ch-1 space, 1 sc in next st), repeat from * to last st, 1 sc in last st. Turn.——–209 sc

 

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st and each st across to end. Turn.——–209 sc

 

Notes:

  1. Ch 3 is used as the turning ch and not ch4. This is done intentionally to keep the gap between it and the next tr small. If you chain tight, you might find that ch-4 works better.
  2. To keep track of your wave rows, check if the 2 sc sts are aligned on top of the 2 tr sts of the previous wave row as shown in pic 2 below. 
  3. Variation in stitch counts are given in the order S(M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). If only 1 number is given, it applies to all the sizes.

 

2. The 2 sc sts are directly on top of tr sts of the previous wave row

 

Row 5(Wave Row): Ch 3 ( counts as a tr here and throughout), 1 tr in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next *(ch1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1 sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1 sk 1, 1 dc in next), repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in last 2 sts. Turn.——12 full waves+ 1/2 wave on each side

 

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st, *( 1 sc in next ch-1 space, 1 sc in next st), repeat from * to last st ( beginning ch), 1 sc on top of beginning ch-3. Turn.——–209 sc

 

Row 7: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st and each st across to end. Turn.——–209 sc

 

Repeat Row 2-7 until you have 10(10, 12, 12, 14, 14) wave rows and you end in a repeat of Row 5. Work 1 more repeat of Row 6 to complete the left panel, and when you work the last st,  join the color for the back panel after reading the note below. Turn.

 

The completed left panel is approximately 10(10, 12, 12, 14, 14)inches wide.

 

NOTE

The following instructions don’t apply if you are using a single color yarn or you don’t care if the right and left front of your kimono have color variations.

 

Before you start your back panel, make sure you keep aside enough yarn in the right colors to make your right panel just like your left one. Depending on the skein you got, you might have to separate the colors from it and wind them into individual balls. I noticed that even if all the skeins of one colorway had the same color, they varied slightly in length too. So for my back panel, I took care to use colors I had extra of. The back panel is a very narrow piece that is only half as long as the left panel, so you don’t need a lot of yarn for it.

 

Back Panel

Row 1: With the color joined for the back panel, ch 1 ( not counted as a st), 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st and 104 sts. Turn. ———-105 sc

3. Row 1 ends between 2 sc of the previous Wave Row

 

Note: Your last sc will be between 2 sc sts of the previous Wave Row as shown in pic 3 and it will be at the middle of your left panel.

 

Row 2: Ch 3 ( counts as a tr ), 1 tr in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, *(ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next), repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in last 2 sts. Turn.—-6 waves+ a half wave

 

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st, *( 1 sc in next ch-1 space, 1 sc in next st), repeat from * to last st ( beginning ch), 1 sc on top of beginning ch-3. Turn.——–105 sc

 

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in next st and each st across to end. Turn.——–105 sc

 

Row 5: Ch 3 ( counts as a tr), 1 tr in next st, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, *( ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 tr in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next **, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 dc in next), repeat from * ending last repeat at ** when 3 sts are elft, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc in last 2 sts. Turn.——6 waves + a half wave

 

Row 6: Repeat Row 3

 

Row 7: Repeat Row 4

 

Repeat Rows 2-7 until your back panel has 5(6, 4, 5, 4, 5) wave rows. Repeat Row 6 one more time to complete the back panel and join the color for your right panel, turn. For your right panel, remember to mirror the colors of your left panel as far as possible.

The completed back panel is  5(6, 4, 5, 4, 5)inches wide.

 

Right Panel For Sizes M, L and 2XL

NOTES

1. For these 3 sizes, your working yarn will be at the hemline now.

2. When you work into the chains added for the extension, you work into the back bumps of your chain to leave the “V” of your chain free to work into, see pic 4 below.

 

4. Work into the back bumps of the chain

 

5. Chain to add an extension

6. Sl st to the base of the last sc at neck edge and fasten off

Row 1: With the new color joined for the right panel, ch 1, 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in each st across to end, ch 105 to extend this row as shown in pic 5, working back along the chain made, 1 sc in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across to end, sl st to the base of the sc at the neck edge to level the row as shown in pic 6, and fasten off.—-209 sc

 

7. Row 2 is worked from the tip of the extension towards the back panel

Row 2: This row is worked starting from the tip of your single crochet extension towards the back panel as shown in pic 7. Join yarn with a sl st to the first sc, ch 1 and repeat Row 2 of the left panel. It will extend all the way to the hem.

 

Row 3-7: Repeat Rows 3-7 of the left panel.

Repeat Rows 2-7 of the left panel until you have 10(12, 14) wave rows for sizes M(L, 2XL). Work 1 more repeat of Row 6 to complete the right panel. Fasten off.

 

Right Panel For Sizes S, XL and 3 XL

NOTE: Your working yarn will be at the neck edge for these 3 sizes.

8. Join the color for the right panel at the neck edge and chain for the extension

 

9. Continue to work sc along the back panel

 

Row 1: With the color for the right panel you just joined at the corner of the back panel, ch 105 as shown in pic 8, working back along the ch, 1 sc in 2nd ch and each ch across to end, continue to work along the back panel as shown in pic 9, 1 sc in each st across to end. Turn. —–209 sts

 

Rows 2-4: Repeat Rows 5, 6, and  7 of the left panel.

 

Now keep repeating Rows 2-7 of the left panel until you have 10(12, 14) wave rows for sizes S(XL, 3XL). Work 1 more repeat of Row 3 to complete the right panel. Fasten off.

 

Continue for All the Sizes

Seaming the Sides of the Crochet Kimono

 

10. Fold down the extensions to the front and seam the sides leaving a gap for the armhole

 

Fold the two extensions to the front with the wrong side out as shown in pic 10. You can choose whichever side you want as your wrong side. Seam the sides with a whip stitch leaving a gap for the armhole based on the measurement chart below.

 

Size Armhole from Shoulder (inches)
S 7 1/2
M 8
L 8 1/2
XL 9 1/2
2XL 10
3XL 11

 


Finishing the Neck

Sl st to the base of your left panel and work a row of sc up along the side of the left panel, along the back neckline and down the side of the right panel. Fasten off.

 

Adding the Ribbing to the Hemline

Row 1: With smaller hook and cream color DK weight yarn, sl st to the base of your kimono, work a row of sc along the hem, I worked 1 sc across each sc row and 3 sc sts across each ch-3 or triple. Turn. You should have an even number of sts at the end of this row.

 

Row 2: Ch 3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout), 1 dc in each st across to end. Turn.

 

Row 3: Ch 3, *(1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next), repeat from * to beg ch-3, 1 dc on top of beg ch-3. Turn.

 

Row 4: Ch 3, *(1 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 bpdc in next bpdc), repeat from * to beg ch-3, 1 dc on top of beg ch-3. Turn.

 

Repeat Row 4 until ribbing measures  2 to 2 1/2 inches. Fasten off.

 

Adding the Tie ( Optional)

1. With cream color yarn and smaller hook, ch for a length of 44 inches and fasten off.

2. Make 2 tassels. You can see a tutorial on making tassels here. I used 3-inch wide cardboard and wound the yarn around it 11 times to make a thinner tassel.

3. Tie the tassels to the ends of your chain. Pull the remaining tails through the tassel and trim.

 

Finishing the Kimono

Weave in any tails left.

If you love making crochet clothing, check out my free poncho patterns.

 

1. Uptown Crochet Poncho 2. Elise Crochet Poncho

 

You can find more such free patterns on Allfreecrochet.com.

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Jovina D. Canopin

Friday 26th of February 2021

Our condolences to the family.....Take care and God Bless Aloha from Hawaii

Sina Guthrie

Friday 31st of July 2020

This is such an easy and pretty garment! I showed the picture to a couple of friends, and ended up with orders for four of them! I used Lion Brand mandala in different colorways. All a size medium, although the fit is pretty relaxed. All four ladies love their long vests! I still haven't made my own yet. Thank you so much for this cute & easy pattern.

Shehnaaz

Friday 31st of July 2020

This makes me so happy. Thank you for sharing your experience with me.

Yessie

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Hi I was wondering if it would be easier to make both sides first and then add the middle? Only asking because it seems like a lot of extra work like you mentioned to have to separate colors to match both side and how do you know what you have left over for the back until you do the sides? I’m Not sure if I’m explaining my self but just wondering?

Shehnaaz

Friday 27th of March 2020

You can do what works for you.

Christy Buster

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

OMG I LOVE THIS!!!!! As soon as I gain some confidence in my severely lacking crochet skills, I'm definitely going to make this..... My favorite so far! It's BEAUTIFUL!!

Katherine Bone

Monday 16th of March 2020

I got it! Fourth time's a go! I cannot wait until I get it finished now!

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