Numerical Knitting

Baby Kimono 2

I was thrilled when we got notification that A would be Bunny’s teacher. I respect anyone who can spend all day with 3 and 4 year-olds, but A does it with her own funky style. I knew she would offer challenge and love in just the right doses. I can’t say I was thrilled when I found out she was expecting, only because maternity leave meant she would be out for the spring, but at least Bunny had some time with her. This kimono is for her new arrival Riley, baby brother to Bunny’s best friend Zoe.

Pattern: Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Modifications: My gauge was off a little so there are some adjustments. I still cast on 40 stitches and then measured that. If I had hit gauge that should have been 8 inches, it was more. Since I am a believer in bigger is better for baby gifts (and it turns out this guy was over 9lbs at birth) I went with it. That meant the only problem was when parts of the directions were given in inches. Luckily in both cases the measurement given is 4 inches, exactly half of what the cast on should be. So I just used half of the length of my cast on to keep everything in scale. For the increases I did yarn-over and then knit through the back on the next row. I was pleased with how that ended up looking with this yarn.

Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Cotton in Chicory

Needles: Sz 8 (I think) KnitPicks Options

What I like: A pretty quick knit, and a nice result.

What I would change: I put snaps on the first one of these I made, I think I like the snaps better than the ties, at least on the inside! However, the ties make it much more adjustable for a round baby, oh the dilemmas!


  1. I love the way the Mission Falls Cotton looks here; I found it difficult to work with when I first tried. This has inspired me to give it another try; their colors are fantastic!

    Because of the edge, you will note that you have tiny holes – holes that are just perfect for little buttons if you wish. I remember the baby sweaters my mother knit for people and they had little pearl buttons, so that’s what I did on my little white kimono. You may wish to consider that as an alternative to the ribbon tie. The buttons are easier on the fabric than I imagine the snaps are, but I am not certain, of course.

    Thanks for sharing this one; I’m going to give it a whirl!

    Comment by Beth — April 5, 2007 @ 5:23 pm |Reply

  2. Cute kimono! How many balls did you use? I’ve made two kimonos previously with Koigu Kersti for a set of girl twins. Love the texture of the Mission Falls.

    Comment by kim — April 6, 2007 @ 9:51 pm |Reply

  3. Is the pattern for the kimono available online?

    I just finished making the bib and burp cloth (turned out great) from the Mason-Dixon book, which I checked out from the library. Now I would like to make this kimono, but there is a long wait to check out the book again.

    Thanks, Jean

    Comment by Jean Johnson — April 13, 2007 @ 3:01 pm |Reply

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