Free Crochet Kimono Pattern, Kylie Kimono

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 written pattern below or purchase the pattern for $2.50 here. 

You can pin it for later here.

 

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.

 

SizeArmhole from Shoulder (inches)
S7 1/2
M8
L8 1/2
XL9 1/2
2XL10
3XL11

 


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.

Share:

23 Comments

  1. Car
    April 12, 2019 / 7:38 am

    The Kimono is lovely! Thank you for sharing :))

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 8:14 am

      Thank you so much. I am glad you like it.

  2. el
    April 12, 2019 / 11:35 am

    Would like to make, but don’t understand the construction. Why is the back panel half as short as the other panels? What does it look like from the back? It’s short in the back and long from the front? TY.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      April 12, 2019 / 11:57 am

      The left and the right panels extend from the front all the way to the back hem. The back panel, well, is only at the back. Please take a look at Pic 1. The back and front are the same lengths. You can see the back view in one of the pictures at the top.

      • May 13, 2019 / 1:32 pm

        Is there a way to adjust pattern from side area to back by increasing the back lower an inch or two? Just thinking..

  3. Tracy King
    April 12, 2019 / 9:20 pm

    Beautiful pattern! Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Hazel Hynes
    April 14, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Love the poncho! How many skeins of yarn did you use?

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      Please look under yardage to fond the yarn requirements for each size.

      • Kristin
        April 16, 2019 / 10:24 pm

        It’s a lovely vest or cardigan. I’m having trouble seeing why you are calling it a kimono. If you are inspired by Japanese clothing, perhaps you are thinking of Haori, the open jacket worn over kimono.

        I understand that fashion has run amok with loose layers and calling them kimono, but if you are going to name a design after a piece of traditional clothing from a heritage that is not yours, it behooves you to do your research and be sure you are being respectful and naming the piece correctly.

        • Hope C.
          July 16, 2019 / 1:47 pm

          Kristin, Can you explain what is the difference between a kimono and a haori? I don’t know what they are, I guess. I thought a kimono was just a light-weight
          Japanese version of a bathrobe, so apparently I am ignorant and I would like to use the appropriate terms so as to not offend anybody’s culture in the future. Thank you!

  5. Naomi
    April 14, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    I really love this, LOVE YOUR WORK wish I could make it.. I just dont know how to read written patterns i am more of a visual learner..!

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      Hi Naomi, I am sorry I do not have a video. I have included lots of pictures in the written pattern. Hope that would be helpful.

  6. vicki
    April 15, 2019 / 9:48 am

    Curious on the right panel there is not a #3 is this missing?

    • vicki
      April 15, 2019 / 9:49 am

      under notes sorry 🙂

      • Shehnaaz
        Author
        April 15, 2019 / 11:35 am

        Hi Vicki, I checked and couldn’t find anything missing. Am I overlooking something? Could you please clarify? What is missing under notes?

  7. Jennifer
    April 24, 2019 / 2:58 pm

    I am curious about the sizing for the kimono. How do you determine the size? I normally wear a medium but sometimes I have to go up in size.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      April 25, 2019 / 7:25 am

      Look under finished size. It gives you the width of the kimono from one armhole to another. If you find the width for size medium is smaller than you need, go up one size. Rest assured that since this is a loose fitting pattern, even if you go up a hook size, it will still look great.

  8. linda
    June 11, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    What a lovely pattern!!! I can hardly wait to make it.

  9. Jean Flanagan
    July 22, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    Just finished this. Great pattern!

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      July 23, 2019 / 3:03 am

      Hi Jean, I am really glad to hear you love it. Thank you so much.

  10. Alecia Davis
    August 7, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    oh i love this patter wish there was a coresponding video or at least the wave pattern video. I am going to attempt it anyway wish me luck, if there was a video to match I would have purchased this pattern

  11. Thelma Jean (first name) Paradysz
    November 3, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    I am haveing a time understanding starting out and have 72 inches when I should have 32 inches. I know 40 ninches is part of the back but my mind is not working right or something. I have been croching for 75 years and crochet “The Last Supper” witched took 6 1/2 years to do it can you explain to me better how putting the Kimono togather from the directions on page 9. I guess I am just a old harded lady of 83. Thank you.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      November 7, 2019 / 10:49 am

      Kindly take a good look at picture 10. You fold the two extensions to the front and sew the sides leaving gaps for the armhole. I hope that helps.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

shares

Looking for Something?