We all know that sometimes we want a little more coverage, but in the summer that becomes a little more cumbersome. I’ve really been into designing fashionable clothing that’s a little more comfy and loose fitting, offers that extra little bit of coverage and is still light and airy.

This crochet cluster stitch kimono is the latest in that endeavor, and I’m really excited to see what everyone else thinks about it. This is a free written pattern in sizes XS-4XL. There’s also a free video tutorial in two parts. If you’d like the printable PDF version with full photo instructions, it’s available for purchase on my Etsy, Ravelry and Lovecrochet shops. Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think of this design and feel free to share your projects with me on social media @knitcroaddict. Happy crocheting! 🙂

Materials

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Stitches used & code

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch(es)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sk = skip
  • rep = repeat
  • tr = treble crochet: YO hook 2 times
  • trtr = triple treble crochet: YO hook 4 times
  • 2tr-cl = 2 treble crochet cluster: YO twice, insert hook into the st, pull up a loop, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 2 loops, YO twice, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 2 loops,(3 loops on hook), YO pull through all 3 loops.
  • v tr-cl = v treble cluster stitch: 2tr-cl, ch 4, sl st, ch 4, 2tr-cl, All into the same stitch
  • YO = yarn over hook
  • rs = right side
  • ws = wrong side
  • ” = inches

Notes:

  • Here’s the video tutorial for this kimono PART 1 PART 2
  • This pattern made as us women’s XS/S( M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL, 4XL )
  • This kimono is made in 3 separate pieces and then sewn together
  • In the picture I have demonstrated with size XS/S
  • This pattern is a 2 rows repeat *row 2 and 3
  • This pattern is in multiples of 8+5

Gauge blocked: 2.5 v tr-cl x 5.5 rows = 4″

Measurements across back( After blocked )

  • XS/S = 27.2″ Width x 26. 18″ Length ( 890 yards of yarn )
  • M/L = 30.4″ Width x 26.18″ Length ( 950 yards of yarn )
  • XL/2XL = 33.6″ Width x 26.18″ Length ( 1,010 yards of yarn )
  • 3XL/4XL = 36.8″ Width x 26.18″ Length ( 1,070 yards of yarn )

Front panels ( Make 2 )

Row 1 ( rs ): ch 61( 69, 77, 85 ), 2 tr-cl into fifth ch from hook, ch 1, *sk 7 ch, v tr-cl into next ch, ch 1* rep from *to* until you have 8 ch left, sk 7 ch, 2 tr-cl into next ch/last ch, ch 4, sl st into same ch. Total of 6( 7, 8, 9 ) v tr-cl and 2( 2, 2, 2 ) clusters ( check picture below )

Row 2 ( ws ): Turn, ch 7 ( count as 1 trtr ), v tr-cl into 1 ch st, *ch 1, v tr-cl into next 1 ch st* rep from *to* across, 1 trtr into last st same st that we made cluster of previous row. Total of 7( 8, 9, 10 ) v tr-cl ( check picture below )

Row 3: Turn, ch 4, 2 tr-cl into first st, ch 1, *v tr-cl into 1 ch st, ch 1* rep from *to* across, for the last st(the st on top of the last cluster of the previous row) Make 2 tr-cl, ch 4, sl st All make into same st. Total of 6( 7, 8, 9 ) v tr-cl and 2( 2, 2, 2 ) clusters ( check picture below )

rep row 2 and 3 16 more times. Total of 35 rows

*All the sizes are the same length. If you want a shorter kimono, just rep row 2 and 3 less times. If you want a longer kimono, just keep repeating row 2 and 3 more.

Row 36 rep row 2

Row 37: Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into first st, *ch 7, 1 sc into 1 ch st* rep from *to* across, for the last sc make into on top of the last cluster of the previous row. Cut the yarn leave 16 – 24 inches long

Back panel ( Make 1 )

Row 1 ( rs ): ch 141( 157, 173, 189 ), 2tr-cl into fifth ch from hook,ch 1, *sk 7 ch, v tr-cl into next ch, ch 1* rep from *to* until you have 8 ch left, sk 7 ch, 2 tr-cl into next ch/last ch, ch 4, sl st into same ch. Total of 16( 18, 20, 22 ) v tr-cl and 2( 2, 2, 2 ) clusters

Row 2 ( ws ): Turn, ch 7 ( count as 1 trtr ), v tr-cl into 1 ch st, *ch 1, v tr-cl into next 1 ch st* rep from *to* across, 1 trtr into the last st same st that we made cluster of previous row. Total of 17( 19, 21, 23 ) v tr-cl

Row 3: Turn, ch 4, 2tr-cl into first st, ch 1, *v tr-cl into 1 ch st, ch 1* rep from *to* across, for the last st(the st on top of the last cluster of the previous row) Make 2tr-cl, ch 4, sl st All make into the same st. Total of 16( 18, 20, 22 ) v tr-cl and 2( 2, 2, 2 ) clusters

rep row 2 and 3 16 more times. Total of 35 rows

*All the sizes are the same length. If you want a shorter kimono, just rep row 2 and 3 less times. If you a want longer kimono, just keep repeating row 2 and 3 more.( Make sure that you’ll have the same length of the front panels )

Row 36 rep row 2

Row 37: Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into first st, *ch 7, 1 sc into 1 ch st* rep from *to* across, for the last sc make into on top of the last cluster of the previous row. Cut the yarn

Joining the pieces together

Sew the back and 2 front panels together

Take the back and 2 front panels, place them with correct side facing down, we’ll sew on the wrong side. Using the tails that we left earlier, sew along the top of the shoulder area together using method of choice.

Sew the side of the kimono

Fold your kimono in half at the shoulder seam. Cut a new strand of yarn 50-70 inches long, enough to sew the side. Start sewing from the the bottom up, leaving the gap for the arm hole. Sew the same into the anther side make sure both sides have the same measurements. ( check picture below )

Congratulations, you did it! I’d love to see everyone’s work. If you want to share with me, just tag me on FB of IG. Happy crocheting 🙂

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