Knit Kimono

by Vicki Square

Paperback, 2007

Status

Available

Barcode

103

Description

From casual to formal, the kimono shape has endured for centuries as an internationally recognized icon of Japanese life and culture. With 18 original designs, each a knitted interpretation of a traditional kimono style, this handbook makes knitting homemade kimonos deceptively easy. Projects are based on rectangular forms that require very little shaping, and are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves. Clever details in stitch patterns and edgings, such as the use of silk, linen, and bamboo yarns, add sophistication and elegance to even the simplest designs. The flattering drape and luxurious style of the kimono will appeal to veteran and beginning knitters alike.

Publication

Interweave (2007), 128 pages

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ISBN

1931499896 / 9781931499897

User reviews

LibraryThing member KatySilbs
Knit Kimono is another little gem from Interweave Press. The book provides an explanation of how the traditional kimono is cut from a single long rectangle of cloth into 7 pieces. Immediately it is evident why this might be an appealing knitting project for people who mainly knit scarves. One can
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knit a kimono without havign to keep track of stitch increases and decreases. The brief history of kimonos covers the variations in the garment over time.

A simple worksheet is provided for the knitter who would like to "Design Your Own Kimono", along with a few suggestions for possible variations. The 18 patterns include long and short vests, as well as kimonos of varying length. There is a kimono pattern that is knit from cuff to cuff, and another that is knit from front to back in a single piece.

For every kimono pattern there are several color photograhs, including closeups of stitch patterns. I haven't actually knit any of these yet, but my confidence in the patterns is boosted by the multiple photos. I have knit sweaters that left me feeling that the photographer had arranged things so that an ill fitting sweater looked great in the picture.

All the patterns in the book are for a medium weight worsted yarn, with various fibers used for different sweaters.

My next project is coming out of this book.
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LibraryThing member SharonLC
A nice new approach to knitted shapes. I think you have to like kimonos to appreciate some of the designs but there's something in this book for everyone. I surprised myself at how much I liked this book. There are several designs I want to knit for myself so much that I bought it just for those. I
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like the history of the kimono in the front of the book & recommend this one to anyone who likes simple elegant shapes with texture.
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LibraryThing member carol.xlet9
A book with patterns for various kimono style sweaters. Even though I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a pattern for a kimono-style dress I hope one day to try making one of the sweaters. I did enjoy the bits of history about the different kimono styles.
LibraryThing member Prop2gether
This book has inspired me to think about making projects that assemble once again. The projects are worked in weights and needle sizes that I use, and some of the designs are deceptively simple but create beautiful projects.
LibraryThing member Murphy-Jacobs
Very exotic pieces done with unusual stitches along simple patterns. I'm looking forward to trying some of these, as the stitch promises to be more of a challenge than the overall piece.
LibraryThing member RochesterKnittingGui
From casual to formal, the kimono shape has endured for centuries as an internationally recognized icon of Japanese life and culture. With 18 original designs, each a knitted interpretation of a traditional kimono style, this handbook makes knitting homemade kimonos deceptively easy. Projects are
Show More
based on rectangular forms that require very little shaping, and are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves. Clever details in stitch patterns and edgings, such as the use of silk, linen, and bamboo yarns, add sophistication and elegance to even the simplest designs. The flattering drape and luxurious style of the kimono will appeal to veteran and beginning knitters alike.
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Original language

English

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