Knit Kimono: 18 Designs with Simple Shapes

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From casual to formal, the kimono shape has endured for centuries as an internationally recognized icon of Japanese life and culture. With 18 original designs, each a knitted interpretation of a traditional kimono style, this handbook makes knitting homemade kimonos deceptively easy. Projects are based on rectangular forms that require very little shaping, and are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves. Clever details in stitch patterns and edgings, such as the use of silk, ...

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Overview

From casual to formal, the kimono shape has endured for centuries as an internationally recognized icon of Japanese life and culture. With 18 original designs, each a knitted interpretation of a traditional kimono style, this handbook makes knitting homemade kimonos deceptively easy. Projects are based on rectangular forms that require very little shaping, and are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves. Clever details in stitch patterns and edgings, such as the use of silk, linen, and bamboo yarns, add sophistication and elegance to even the simplest designs. The flattering drape and luxurious style of the kimono will appeal to veteran and beginning knitters alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A stunning collection...natural fibers and stitches were carefully selected to reflect the movement and drape of the traditional garments." - Monsters and Critics.com

"If you'd like to embrace the popular trend...Knit Kimono offers a selection of patterns to suit any taste." - The Detroit News

"Knitters in search of adventure will find much of interest." - Bangor Daily News

"Square's designs are elegant and most are accessible even to beginners." - News-Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

"This lovely little book features 18 designs, all with minimal shaping. The beauty of each garment is in the stitch pattern or colorwork... There's something for everyone here." - Planet Purl

"An amazing variety of classic and comfortable wear-to-work sweaters. Visual learners may want to buy the book just to get the DVD! New and intermediate knitters will be delighted to find they have the skills they need to create fabulous garments." - Creative Knitting

Monsters and Critics.com
A stunning collection . . . natural fibers and stitches were carefully selected to reflect the movement and drape of the traditional garments.
The Detroit News
If you'd like to embrace the popular trend . . . Knit Kimono offers a selection of patterns to suit any taste.
Bangor Daily News
Knitters in search of adventure will find much of interest.
Booklist
As lovely as many knitting books are, few can be called innovative. This attractive offering changes that equation.
Planet Purl
This lovely little book features 18 designs, all with minimal shaping. The beauty of each garment is in the stitch pattern or colorwork . . . . There's something for everyone here.
Library Journal

Square, author of the popular Knitter's Companionand two pattern compilations based on folk traditions, Folk Bagsand Folk Hats, here turns her attention to the kimono, a traditional Japanese garment with a soft drape that adapts well to a knitted fabric and is flattering on almost any figure. The featured 18 kimonos, both long and short, are notable for a variety of stitch patterns and yarns, including a "Fan Kimono" knitted with a lacy stitch pattern resembling a fan shape and a striking "Medallions & Scrolls" kimono featuring repeated motifs worked in a combination of Fair Isle and intarsia techniques. All patterns are within the skill range of intermediate knitters and are photographed from several angles, with close-up shots of details, schematics, and charts. Highly recommended for public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931499897
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 635,257
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Square is the author of Knit Kimono, Knit Kimono Too, Folk Bags, Folk Hats, and the best-selling The Knitter's Companion. She is also a contributor to Lace Style, Simple Style, and Knitting Green. Vicki regularly designs knitted pieces from elegant basics to unique art to wear. Her artistry in color and aesthetic are stated boldly through her engineering of unusually shaped garments and accessories. Magazines such as Interweave Knits, Knitter's and Spin-Off have featured her work, and she has won awards for her innovative designs. Vicki has been designing and teaching knitting for more than twenty years, and cross-trains her creative passions with drawing, painting, and mixed media pursuits. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

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    This book has what I look for in every knitting book I keep--design elements that I can lift and incorporate into other projects. Lace, intarsia colorwork, and a variety of motifs make this a great volume for the knitting library. One potential drawback to the patterns in this book is that, because they are kimonos 'long, drapey, voluminous', they are going to be labor-intensive 'unless you knit REALLY fast' and require a LOT of yarn 'making them potentially cost-prohibitive'. If you can find some great, bargain-priced yarn and you have lots of TV or no-hands commute time at your disposal, several of the designs in Knit Kimono would be well worth one's time. forgive490dotcom

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    A Kimono For Everyone

    I am not a kimono wearing person. For some reason they have always seemed like a "older" person's wear. But, I have to say that this book makes me want to knit up a kimono. Vicki starts off by giving you histories of different type of kimono (which I never knew about and is a very interesting read). She has designs for long kimono, short kimonos and very traditional looking kimonos. There are a few in here that will have to be knit up. If you find yourself in a book store and near this book - thumb through it ... you will agree that there are a few that need to be made.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Finally, the knitting book for me

    I have looked high and low for a knitting book featuring the boxy kimono jacket shape that I love. This is it! The designs are beautiful. I can adapt stitches to suit my skill level. I can play with various types of yarns. I can make vests using these principles. I get some history of the kimono (I love history!) I found this is the library first, and now am getting my own copy!

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