Knitting a sweater (even ones for little kids) is time consuming and often complicated. This kimono style sweater is so easy to knit because it's all one piece! There's no sleeve shaping or sewing a bunch of pieces together, and since it closes with ties there's no button hole shaping or sewing zippers in (yay!) This unisex sweater is sized for a 2- 2 ½ year old (see measurements below)
Kimono Sweater Knitting Pattern
(Note: Kimono is knit in one piece starting at the back hem)
Cast on 28 sts. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 ½ inches. Work in Stockinette stitch for 8 inches from cast on edge, end with a Wrong Side row.
Shape Sleeves Cast on 8 sts at beg of next 2 rows - 44 sts. Continue in Stockinette st until piece measures 13 ½ inches from beg, end with a Wrong Side row.
Next Row: K16 sts and slip to stitch holder for Right Front, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off next 12 sts for Back neck, knit to end for Left Front.
Left Front Working on 16 sts of Left Front only, work 5 more rows in Stockinette stitch. Next Row (RS): K2, yo, knit to end - 17 sts. Next Row: Purl to 2 sts before end of row, yo, p2 - 18 sts. Repeat last 2 rows until there are 36 sts on needle. Sleeve should measure 11 in. from cast-on edge, end with a Right Side row.
Shape Sleeve Next Row (WS): Bind off 8 sts, purl to end. Continue even in St st until piece measures 27 inches. from beg, end with a WS row. Work K1, P1 ribbing for 1 ½ inches. Bind off.
Right Front Slip sts for Right Front from stitch holder to needle. Starting with a WS row, work as for Left Front reversing shaping.
(See below pictures for finishing and how to make the ties)
This is what the finished piece looks like. Fold in half at the shoulders.
Sew side and sleeve seams. Weave in ends.
Crochet 2 12" ties on the inside- one under the arm and the other of the side. This will keep the inside flap in place when the sweater is closed.
Crochet 2 12" ties on the outside- one under the arm and the other on the side to close.