Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kimono Crochet Pattern

Generic Kimono
Made with Caron simply soft yarn - F hook
Large size outfit - typically fits 20-22 week angel babies
Estimate number of these outfits needed: 35% large, 50% medium, 15% small
Crab stitch edge

SH = 3 stitches in one stitch - for these outfits they will be sc stitches.

Chain 33 - turn

Row 1: sc 4 - SH - sc 6 - SH - sc 8 - SH - sc 6 - SH - sc 4 - ch 1 - turn
Row 2: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 42 - ch 1 - turn
Row 3: sc 6 - SH - sc 8 - SH - sc 10 - SH - sc 8 - SH - sc 6 - ch 1 - turn
Row 4: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 52 - ch 1 - turn
Row 5: sc 8 - SH - sc 10 - SH - sc 12 - SH - sc 10 - SH - sc 8 - ch 1 - turn
Row 6: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 62 - ch 1 - turn
Row 7: sc 10 - SH - sc 12 - SH - sc 14 - SH - sc 12 - SH - sc 10 - ch 1 - turn
Row 8: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 72 - ch 1 - turn
Row 9: sc 12 - skip 15 - sc 18 - skip 15 - sc 12 - ch 1 - turn
Row 10: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 44 - ch 1 - turn
Row 11: sc across - total stitches = 44 - ch 1 - turn
Row 12: sc 2 in first stitch - sc across - sc 2 in last stitch - total of stitches = 46 - ch 1 - turn
Row 13: sc across - total stitches = 46 - ch 1 - turn
Row 14 +: sc across - total stitches = 46 - ch 1 - turn

You should do at least 24 rows. I like to do 28. You don't need to make a full length gown - but you want it long enough to cover the tops of the legs.

Edge with sc all the way around. SH in each corner - including the point where you stop adding stitches to the ends of rows (row 14). Make sure to leave button holes down one side of the gown. I usually do three holes - one at the bottom - one around the point (row 14) and one near the neck.


Generic angel baby gown - single crochet edge

I also like to add a crab stitch edge to the outfits - it helps them to hold their shape better. This is also known as the reverse single crochet stitch.

HERE is the link where I learned how to do this. You work right to left and there is kind of a swoopy thing you do with your hook. The link will help you a lot. It took me several times for me to get the hang of just how to do this - but this tutorial helps a lot.


For buttons I like to use small shank buttons (meaning they don't have the holes - but one large hole in the back) around 7mm in size. You can definitely use regular buttons - they're just harder to get on the tiny outfits. And if you have some of those buttons you're willing to donate - please let me know. I have a bunch of white ones but I could really use some cream.


For more angel baby info and crochet patterns (including best yarn types and colors) click HERE

3 comments:

  1. I tried so hard to do the crab stitch. It was so hard for my hands. I decided to do it backwards. I did everything exactly opposite. That way I was crocheting the same direction I'm used to etc. The stich looks the same. Just an idea for anyone else who has had a hard time with the crab stitch. Or maybe I am the only silly one who couldn't wrap their mind and hands around it.

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    1. There are YouTube videos to help you. What makes this stitch nice is the twist it forms by doing it backwards. I use this stitch often. I had trouble at first too

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  2. Hello. Thank you for doing so much for the little angels that we don't know, but have love from your heart to make these little garments for them special with I know love winthin every stitch.

    I am getting ready to make one of the larger kimonos and add a bonnet and design a set of booties for a baby in the neonatal ward.

    Thank you for sharing your designs with everyone. Stay blessed. Marsha

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