Things to Make: Crochet Kimono Cardigan

I've been busy with the start of a new school year for my kiddos, but while they've been at school I've been busy trying to write up a pattern for my new favorite thing: a Crochet Kimono Cardigan.
Kimono-style shrugs are all the rage right now, and when I came across this amazing Mandala yarn by Lion Brand I knew I wanted to try making a Kimono of my own!

Obviously, this is not a *true* kimono, but I really love the way it turned out...and the yarn was so much fun to work with! Sorry you have to see me as the model for my finished cardigan...but now you know I love COLOR! This particular yarn comes in several self-striping variegated's like magic! (On a side note all the Mandala yarns are named after magical creatures and beings! So fun!)

I think it is my new favorite accessory...and I will probably make one in every single Mandala color available! LOL!


2 skeins of Lion Brand Mandala yarn (or about 10.5 oz of any light sport/ #3 weight yarn) My example uses Chimera.
Crochet hook size I (5.5mm)


ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
beg = beginning
sl st = slip stich
st = stitch
sp(s) = spaces
RF = right front
LF = left front


CH 104

ROW 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook. (Sk next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1)* Rep to end of row, working last dc in last ch. Ch 4, turn - counts as first dc, ch 1 on next row now and throughout. (52 dc & 51 ch 1 sps)

ROW 2: (Sk next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1)* Repeat to end of row. Ch 4, turn.

ROW 3-50: Repeat row 2.

RF ROW 51 (begins RF side): (Sk next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1)* Repeat 24 more times. Ch 4 turn. (26 dc & 25 ch 1 sps)

ROW 52-100: Repeat row RF51. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Continue for front LF side as follows:

LF ROW 51: Returning to ROW 50, leave a (ch 1 sp, dc, ch 1 sp) then attach yarn in next dc. Ch 4, dc in next dc. (Sk next ch 1 sp, dc next dc, ch 1)* Repeat to end of row. Ch 4, turn. (26 dc & 25 ch 1 sps)

ROW 52-100: Repeat row LF51. Fasten off, weave in ends.

To form the arm holes for the cardigan, fold the left and right sides over the top, matching ROW 1 with ROW 100. You may want to pin it together so it doesn't move aroung too much during the next part.

Count 24 spaces up edge, attach yarn and stitch sides together over the next 8 spaces. Fasten off. Repeat for the other side.

Remove any pins and turn the cardigan right side out.


On the right-facing side, attach yarn at seam where sides are sewn together.

ROW 1: CH 4, dc in next end st, ch 1. (Sk next sp, dc in next end st, ch 1)* Repeat around sleeve for a total of 36 dc and ch 1 sps. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 st. Do not turn.

ROW 2: Ch 4, (dc in next dc, ch 1)* Repeat around. Sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 st.

ROW 3-5: Repeat row 2.

ROW 6: Ch 4 (dctog over next 2 dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in next 4 dc)* Repeat around. 1st ch 4 counts as LAST dc. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4 st.

ROW 7: Repeat row 2.

ROW 8: Ch 4 (dctog over next 2 dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in next 4 dc)* Repeat around. 1st ch 4 counts as LAST dc. Sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4 st.

ROW 9-10: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off.

Repeat on other side for the 2nd sleeve.

Weave in all extra ends, and add fringe to bottom edges of kimono cardigan, if desired.


CLICK HERE for really great (and simple) instructions on how to make and add fringe to a project!

Isn't so pretty and simple! Now wear it EVERYWHERE and WOW your friends!

You can purchase an east-to-print download of this pattern, for just $2.20usd, by CLICKING HERE!


P.S. I was not compensated by Lion Brand yarn in any way for creating this post or mentioning my use of this yarn!


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So pretty! I am definitely

So pretty! I am definitely going to make at least one(?)

Crochet Kimono Cardigan fringe

This is a beautiful pattern! Thank you for sharing!
The fringe instructions in your link are different than the fringe in the pictures. Could you share how you made your fringe?
Thank you,

Crochet Tassel Fringe

Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the pattern!

For the fringe on mine I used the same technique as the link I shared for attaching the yarn, but I spaced it out along the bottom edge with two ch 1 sps between each one. I used 4 strands of yarn per tassel. Then I split each tassel in half and knotted adjoining tassels together. Does that make sense? The leftover tassels on the ends I just knotted part way down, so that they matched the rest of fringe!

Hope that helps!

~ Sarah


What size does your pattern fit? I need to make a size large

what size you want?

what size you want?


Thank you so much for this pattern! I've been looking forever for the perfect summer sweater. I am making a few alterations based solely on my crochet habits, but needed the boost your pattern has given me. Thanks again for sharing!!!!

This lovely kimono

Hello! I think this is just beautiful.

Could I ask what the approximate size is of the back piece? I would love to make this, but think you're probably a smaller lady than I. :)

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What size is it. I need sparge and this is definitely smaller.

Size of kimono

I meant xlarge.


What a thing of beauty! Just when I think you can't come up with anything to beat your latest creation, you do.

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