Spring is in the air and it’s time to enjoy some summer projects, no? On a recent trip to visit my parents in Arizona, I was in the mood to work on a warm weather pattern with some fun colors. This easy summer crocheted kimono will be perfect as the weather heats up. It was a fairly quick, mindless project to work on next to the pool so hopefully you’ll enjoy it.
It’s a rarity for me to play with light weight yarns, but this Mandala Yarn is so super soft and the colors are right up my alley. The kimono itself is made with an airy, open mesh stitch pattern that’s easy enough for advanced beginners and it creates a drapey fabric. It doesn’t get easier than crocheting two rectangles and seaming them together, does it? If you follow my blog, you know a lot of my patterns entail making simple shapes and putting them together. 😉 No hard work for this brain of mine. Hehe…
Above: This is my favorite of all the Mandala yarns, but you can see all of the bright and beautiful colors that are available HERE
I’m just loving these colors together! There is a vibrant yellow that is part of the skein which I actually omitted for my kimono. It was a bit bright for my taste, but my mom loved it and thought I should use it. Feel free to do as you wish with the colors. You can see how I just wound up the yellow section in order to save it for a future project.
Above: Working on this kimono by the pool and oh look! The cactus planter matches perfectly. 🙂
This kimono is made up of mostly double crochet stitches. If you know how to double crochet and make chain stitches, you should be good to go! I also did a section of crossed double crochet stitches along the bottom that could be a little tricky if you’ve never done it. However, you can simply double crochet across those rows if you’d prefer and it won’t make much of a difference at all.
So, are you ready to get started? Here we gooooo…..
Barcelona Summer Kimono Cardigan Crochet Pattern
Pattern Description: An easy, breezy kimono that’s perfect for the warm days of spring and summer. A beautiful way to cover up on the beach or simply wear around town with a tank!
Skill Level: Easy +
Size J 6.0mm crochet hook
(2, 3) Skeins Lion Brand Yarn Mandala (HERE) in Serpent (150 g/skein ) Pattern uses approximately (236 g, 319 g of yarn) note: the yellow color was removed from the skein for the kimono pictured
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends and seam
Gauge: Approximately 14 stitches & 6 rows in 4”
Follow this key throughout the pattern for your size
The fit and drape of this garment fits various sizes
XS/S NOTE: I am pictured wearing the kimono in a size XS/S. I’m about 5’6″ and 105lbs. Please note that it’s simple to add more length if needed by crocheting for more rows on each rectangle.
Bust Circumference: 56”
Bust Circumference: 64”
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sk st – skip stitch
ch sp – chain space
crossed dc (crossed double crochet) – *skip stitch, work dc in next st, work dc in skipped stitch. Repeat from * across.
This kimono is made by crocheting two rectangles and then seaming up the center back and up the sides. Each of the two rectangles should measure approximately (XS/S 14” X 44”, M/L 16” X 52”). See assembly instructions on how to seam the rectangles together. The bottom of the kimono features rows of crossed double crochet stitches. If you find this to be too difficult, you can simple double crochet across the rows in this portion of the pattern.
Important! You may make this piece longer by simply repeating the stitch pattern and adding more rows and length to each rectangle. Measure yourself to ensure proper sizing.
Barcelona Summer Kimono Pattern Instructions
Ch (52, 66)
Cross Double Crochet Edging:
Row 1 Dc in 4th ch from hook. Next, work crossed dc stitches (see special stitch instructions above) to the end of the row. (50, 64 stitches)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as 1st st throughout pattern), turn. Dc in each st across the row. (50, 64 stitches)
Row 3 Ch 3, turn. Dc in next st (this is also the second stitch of the foundation row). Next, work crossed dc stitches across the row. (50, 64)
Row 4 Ch 3, turn. Dc in each st across the row. (50, 64 stitches)
Single Mesh Rows Bottom Portion:
Row 5 Ch 4 (counts as stitch and ch 1), turn, sk st, dc in next st (this is also the 3rd stitch inward of the foundation row), *ch 1, sk st below, dc in next st. Repeat from * across to end making final dc into turn ch of previous row. (51,65) NOTE: You will add a stitch to this row by making your final ch1, and dc stitch into the turning ch of previous row
Row 6 Ch 3, turn. *Dc in ch sp below, dc in next dc. Repeat from * across the row (51, 65 stitches)
Row 7 – 18 Repeat rows 5 & 6, 6 times
Double Mesh Rows Bottom Portion:
Row 19 Ch 4 (counts as stitch and ch 1), turn, sk st, dc in next st (this is also the 3rd stitch inward of the foundation row), *ch 1, sk st below, dc in next st. Repeat from * across to end making final dc into turn ch of previous row.
Row 20 Repeat row 19
Row 21 Ch 3, dc in each st across row. (51, 65 stitches)
Repeat rows 19-21 until piece measures approximately (44”, 52”) Tie off and weave in ends. NOTE: PLEASE CHECK THAT LENGTH, WHEN FOLDED IN HALF WILL WORK FOR THE SIZE THAT YOU WANT. SIMPLY REPEAT THE STITCH PATTERN FOR AS LONG AS YOU’D LIKE TO REACH DESIRED LENGTH.
Repeat pattern above to make second rectangle.
Place both rectangles side by side, long sides together. With your tapestry needle and length of yarn, seam from the bottom up with a simple whip stitch seam until you reach the center. Tie off and weave in ends.
Fold rectangles in half and seam up each side, leaving approximately 9-10” for the arm openings. Tie off and weave in ends.
What color would you make yours?
I hope you enjoyed this pattern my friends!
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