Irish kimono
March 2019
March 29, 2019

Irish kimono

Project info
E. おくるみジャケット by Saichika ( サイチカ )
Coat / Jacket
Needles & yarn
US 6 - 4.0 mm
22 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
Donegal Yarns Soft Donegal 2ply
6 skeins = 1246.7 yards (1140.0 meters), 600 grams

Since I bought this yarn several years ago I was looking for a right project for it. The yarn is soft, tweedy, and warm, but kind of finicky: nothing seemed to look good in it, definitely not cables or stockinett. It was a stroke of luck when I tried the ribbing from my new Japanese book A Book of Sweater Knitting With White Yarn by Saichika and it looked absolutely perfect in this yarn.
I almost finished my first version of this jacket in one week (yes, it was this fast!) but then had to unravel the whole thing (I was positive that there wasn’t enough yarn to finish the sleeves, plus I made it longer and I didn’t like the longer version).
My second version is the same length as the pattern but it got pockets (!!!) and I made some other subtle modifications to make it look more polished and to prevent the jacket from stretching with wearing (I used a tubular cast on for the fronts, and an icord finishing for the bottom).
The final result surpassed my expectations. This jacket is so soft and cozy that I want to snug in it even with 80F outside. Plus it got pockets and everything is better with pockets, right?
The pattern has detailed step by step explanations and is really interesting to knit.
The yarn was amazing - soft and squishy, it was extremely easy and enjoyable to work with.
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by Donegal Yarns
100% Merino
208 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: April 2, 2019
  • Finished: April 2, 2019
  • Updated: April 21, 2020