Seamless Kimono (Child Sizing)
This stylish & practical sweater is knit from the top down without a single seam to sew! The border is picked up afterward allowing you the option of using a coordinating color. Pattern includes several design options including instructions for stripes and a textured central band, borders in seed or garter stitch and two types of button closures. With three sleeve styles and sizing from 3-12, this will become your kids’ year round go-to sweater. Pattern is suitable for the beginning knitter and is a great choice for a first sweater project!
This pattern is also available here in infant and toddler sizing.
Sizes + Fit
Directions are written for 3/4 with changes for larger sizes in parentheses as follows:
3/4 (5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12)
Sweater fits best with at least 1” and up to 4” of positive ease in the chest.
Finished + Blocked Measurements
Chest: 24 (26, 28, 29, 30)”
Length: 16 (17, 18, 19, 20)”
Neck Width: 4½ (4½, 5, 5, 5½)”
Sleeve: 10½ (11½, 12½, 13½, 14½)”
Yarn: In worsted to aran weight yarn you will need approximately 550 (625, 700, 775, 850) total yards or 510 (575, 650, 715, 780) meters . If you choose a contrasting color (CC) yarn for the borders, it should be about 20% of your total yardage. The optional textured band uses about 15% of total yardage and yarn is referred to as Color C. Striped sample shown was knit with Spud & Chloë Sweater. Variegated sample was knit with Family Roots Willow Merino in Candyland for the MC and a coordinating solid pink for the textured band.
NOTES FOR STRIPES: If you choose to work the sweater in stripes with CC borders your yarn should be divided as follows: color A = 40%, color B = 40%, CC = 20%
Needles: Double pointed needles (or needles appropriate for your preferred method of small circumference circular knitting) and circular needles in US sizes 8 (5mm) and 6 (4mm) or size required to obtain gauge and two sizes smaller. You will be knitting flat on these circular needles, so exact length is not critical, but at least 36” (90cm) long for comfort.
Notions: Scrap yarn, 4 stitch markers, darning needle for weaving in ends, and either 2 buttons about ⅝” - ¾” (1½ – 2 cm) in diameter or 1 button of any size.
Techniques & Stitches Used
single cast on (also known as “backward loop cast-on”) or your preferred method of casting on stitches to the right tip of the needle mid-row.
use of stitch markers
increase (KFB, M1R, M1L)
decrease (K2tog, SSK, psso)
pick up stitches
knitting in the round
button loop (tutorial provided)