Gather a colorful array of stash and scrap yarns and knit a versatile statement piece! Begin with a seed stitch rectangle followed by a series of welts on the back. The sides and fronts are knit sideways in garter stitch with simple v-neck shaping. Then, work two rectangles for the shoulders and tapered seed stitch sleeves. Garter stitch short rows form the collar and another garter stitch rectangle forms the bottom band, all outlined in I-cord. Upon completion, you have a fun short sleeved jacket, but flip it upside down and it becomes a long dramatic and shapely coat. The improvisational stripes and color blocks provide endless entertainment and you can add fringe to back for extra drama. I imagine if a Penguin were to wear a type of kimono jacket in my dream world, it would look something like this, a Penguono!
Sizes: S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Finished Measurements: 42 (48, 54, 60, 68, 80)” / 107 (122, 137, 152, 173, 203)cm chest circumference.
XXL sample is modeled on a 41” / 104cm chest circumference with 27” / 69cm of positive ease. Garment is designed to fit with a dramatically oversized, boxy effect.
Chest circumference is determined by row gauge so you can mix yarns with a different needle and gauge for another size.
Chest circumference 4” / 10cm in garter stitch Recommended yarn weight
42” / 107cm 20 sts / 44 rows Fingering
48” / 122cm 18 sts / 40 rows DK
54” / 137cm 16 sts / 36 rows DK / Worsted
60” / 152cm 14 sts / 32 rows Worsted
68” / 173cm 12 sts / 28 rows Chunky
80” / 203cm 10 sts / 24 rows Chunky
Yarn: Use stash and scrap yarns of all weights by holding them together to get your desired gauge. Have fun and play with different fibers and adventurous color combinations. The XXL sample pictured used the following yarns held together for a chunky weight gauge.
1 strand chunky weight
1 strand worsted weight + 1 strand fingering or lace weight
2 strands DK weight
3 strands fingering weight
1 strand DK weight + 2 strands fingering or lace weight
Yarn Amounts: Approximately 800 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300g total
Needles: 40” US 10.5 / 6.5mm circular (for XXL size) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 1 stitch marker, 1 split ring marker, tapestry needle, yarn or cord for closure
Gauge: 20 18, 16, 14, 12, 10 sts & 44 40, 36, 32, 28, 24 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch
Pattern Notes: Instructions include when to break yarn after each section, but instructions do not indicate what colors to use or when to stripe yarns. Those choices are totally up to you! Improvise and play with stripes and color blocks within each section. The instructions include several photos to use for color and construction reference.
As you knit each section, you can refer to this front and back view to visualize and plan your color choices. Each number corresponds to that section’s number in the written instructions.
3. LEFT BACK
Row 1 (RS): Slip first 28 sts onto waste yarn, k37, sl1 wyif. Row 2 (WS): K37, sl1 wyif.
Row 3 (RS): K37, sl1 wyif.
Row 4 (WS): K37, sl1 wyif. Repeat last 2 rows 12 more times. Break yarn.
5. RIGHT BACK
Row 1 (RS): K37, sl1 wyif, slip next 28 sts onto waste yarn. Row 2 (WS): K37, sl1 wyif.
Row 3 (RS): K37, sl1 wyif.
Row 4 (WS): K37, sl1 wyif. Repeat last 2 rows 12 more times. Break yarn. Place 38 sts onto waste yarn.