If there is one thing I’m completely certain about baby clothes, is that it has to be the most comfortable garment and it has to be super easy to put on and take off. So today, I want to show you how to make a knitted kimono jacket for babies which, for me, is the star of the tops and your best ally for your baby’s first weeks.
It is simply as laying the jacket open, putting your baby on top, closing it and, you are done! you don’t have to deal with tricky buttons in the back (which may bother your baby while lying on his back) or disturb him by raising his head to dress him. Not only will it make first-time parents’ life so much easier (who have to deal with the unstable head of their newborn) but it will be equally comfortable for the baby.
Apart from the pattern being shown in one size as usual, you can make this patternin 5 different sizes! This pattern of knitted kimono jacket is available in size 1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months and the one shown in the tutorial that is size New Born.
You will find the instructions to knit this kimono jacket on the text and images, but if you prefer to download the pattern to get row by row instructions and print it to make notes without relying on the cell phone or internet connection, you are in luck because everything is ready for you!
You can find all the downloadable and printable patterns with the 5 sizes that I just mentioned here or by clicking on the image below.
You also have the option to buy all sizes together with a good discount on this other link.
Required Knitting stitches and techniques
To knit the NUR knitted Kimono it is only necessary to have basic knowledge of knitting, nothing that cannot be learned by watching YouTube videos. Here I leave you a selection of videos in which you can learn the stitches and techniques used:
- Cast on
- Garter stitch
- Cast on stitches at the edge
- Knit a stitch Front and back
- Stockinnete stitch
- Knit Pop Corn Stitch (explained in the photo tutorial)
- Bind off
Materials to make the Nur Kimono Jacket – Size NEW BORN –
- 100 gr. of cotton yarn or wool for 4 mm needles.) I chose 2 skeins of 50 gr. of Katia Alabama in color 9- Light Beige
- 4 mm needles
- Stitch holder
- 1 small button
- 50 cm. of matching color ribbon
16 stitches x 31 rows in Garter Stitch
How to make a Baby Knitted Kimono Jacket
1. Knit the back of the knitted kimono
We will start by casting on 32 stitches and knitting 36 rows or until the fabric measures 12 cm. From here on, we will start with the increases on each side to make the sleeves of our knitted baby jacket.
2. Start the sleeves of the knitted jacket
To give shape to the sleeves, we will increase 8 stitches to the edge of the work in each of the rows, until we have increased a total of 24 stitches for each sleeve. At the end of this, you should have 80 stitches on the needle.
Once the stitches for the sleeves have been increased, knit 18 more rows or approximately 6 cm. Then it is time to bind off the stitches for the neck and begin to knit only with the stitches of one of the sleeves.
3. Knit one of the sleeves of the baby Kimono
To keep knitting with only the stitches of one of the sleeves of the baby knitted kimono, we will have to knit 34 stitches and place them in hold. Then we will bind off 12 stitches that will make up the opening of the neck of the jacket and finish by knitting all the remaining stiches. It will be only with these last stiches with which we will continue knitting
Knit 34 stitches for 3 rows. From here, it is time to start making the increases so that the front of the baby knitted kimono is crossed.
In all the odd rows or every time you start to knit in the neck area, you must slip a stitch, knit 1 front and back, and knit the rest of the row normally. In even rows, or beginning the cuff area of the jacket, knit them normally. Continue in this way until you have 43 stitches on your needle or the cuff measures 12 cm. approximately.
We almost have our first sleeve ready! It is time bind off stitches to finish giving it its shape. We must bind off 8 stitches at the beginning of each of the even rows, until we have casted off a total of 24 stitches. In this way, we must have 21 stitches on our needle.
Remember that in the odd rows you will have to continue slipping one stitch and knitting a stitch in front and back!
If you find it easier, you can have the downloadable and printable PDF pattern in size New Born for only € 2.99. In it you will find all these detailed instructions row by row so you do not miss a stitch! Click here to get it or on the following link.
4. Knit one of fronts of the baby knitted Kimono
Once you finished one of the sleeves is time to continue knitting one of the fronts, in particular the one knitted completely using the garter stitch. To do so, you only should keep increasing 1 stitch at the beginning of each odd row until you get a total of 32 stitches. Remember to continue doing it as before; At the beginning of each odd row, slip the first stitch (as we always do at the beginning of each row) knit a stitch in front and back and knit the remaining stitches.
Once you have these 32 stitches, knit 14 more rows and in on the 15 bind off all of stitches.
5. Knit the other sleeve of the baby Kimono
It is time to take back the stitches you placed on hold belonging to the other sleeve of the baby cardigan. You should only pass the stitches one by one of the stitch holder to your working needle (row 1). Once you have all the stitches on the working needle, knit 2 rows of Garter stitch. (row 3 and 4)
From here is where the thing gets fun, since we will start to alternate Garter stitch for the area of the sleeves and Stockinette stitch, Pop Corn Stitches and increases to 3 stitches of the edge of the work for the front area. So, you must pay attention!
- Row 1. Take back the stitches you placed on hold
- Rows 2-3. Knit all the stitches
- Row 4. Knit 3 sts, KFB (knit front a back), purl 6 sts, knit 24 sts.
- Row 5. Knit 35 sts.
- Row 6. Knit 3 sts, KFB , purl 7 sts, knit 24 sts.
- Row 7. Pop Corn Stitch Row. Knit 26 sts, PopCorn Stitch, knit 5 sts, PopCorn Stitch, knit 3 sts.
To learn how to knit a bobble or a Popcorn stitch, you can guide yourself through the following images.
- Row 8. Knit 3 sts, KFB, purl 9 sts, Knit 24 sts.
- Row 9. Knit 37 sts
- Row 10. Knit 3 pts, KFB, purl 10 sts, Knit 24 sts.
- Row 11. Knit 38 sts
- Row 12. Knit 3 pts, KFB, purl 11 sts, Knit 24 sts.
In this way, you must make a row of bobbles every 6 rows with a separation of 5 stitches between them. Continue knitting in this way, knitting the sleeves in Garter stitch and alternating bobbles and Stockinette stitch in the front until you have 43 stitches on your working needle. It is time to bind off the stitches of the sleeve to give it its shape. To do this, bind off 8 stitches at the beginning of each of the odd rows, until you have closed a total of 24 stitches. In the even rows remember that you must continue increasing 1 stitch to 3 stitches of the edge of the work. At this point you should have 21 stitches on your needle.
6. Knit the other front of the baby knitted Kimono
At this point you should be an expert in working and alternating the bobbles, so continue knitting and increasing until you have 32 stitches on your needle. Knit 5 more rows alternating Garter stitch in the first 4 stitches and Stockinette stitch in the remaining stitches, knit 3 rows in Garter stitch and bind off all stitches.
If you prefer to continue knitting the bobbles following a diagram and the instructions row by row, remember that you have at your disposal a downloadable and printable PDF with the detailed pattern row by row and the complete diagram of the NUR Kimono so that you do not miss a single detail!
You can also knit this pattern only following the instructions in this tutorial as always, the downloadable and printable PDF is an ideal complement to make your work easier.
7. Final touch!
Now that we have all our jacket knitted, we just need to add the final touches to finish giving it its shape and ensure its closure in the front.
With a wool needle, seam the sides and bottoms of the sleeves by passing the needle through the balls that have formed on the selvedges of the garment. Remember that to form these balls you must ALWAYS slip the first stitch of a row.
Then, we will cut two small pieces of ribbon of about 12 cm each and sew them inside the jacket and the upper corner of the Garter stitch front, as shown in the following image. This lacing will not be visible once you close the jacket.
To be able to tie the knitted kimono to the other side (lacing that remains visible) I have chosen to finger knit two small cords and sew small pompoms of hair at the ends.
You can learn how to knit this kind of cord by watching this video:
And finally, although this is optional, you can sew a small button inside the garment to make sure it does not open too much around the neck area.
And if you do not have enough just with the newborn size and you want another size remember that the Nur Baby Knitted Kimono is also available in size 1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months. And that’s not all! There is no better companion for this cardigan than a knitted legging with feet covered, the perfect tandem! Here you can see the step by step tutorial and the free pattern to knit the matching legging with this jacket in the Newborn size.
If you liked this tutorial and it has inspired you, comment and share your discovery! And of course, once you have finished your Knitted Baby Kimono, do not forget to show off the result on social networks with the hashtag #kimononur and #creativaatelier.
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