Kimono Top by Lisa R. Myers

Kimono Top

June 2008
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in little butterfly stitch pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1344 - 2240 yards (1229 - 2048 m)
29 (32, 36, 39 42, 46, 49)" (73.4 [81.5, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 117, 124.5] cm) bust circumference, fastened.
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Pattern Description from Knit So Fine: “This loose-fitting top is based on typical kimono construction - simple rectangles for the back and sleeves and modified rectangles for the fronts. Even the bamboo yarn has Asian roots. The butterflies in the stitch pattern are simply floats worked on top of one another, then gathered up into a single stitch. For a night out or lounging around the boudoir, this supple and lustrous wrap can be sexy or elegant - or both!”

Finished Size: 29 (32, 36, 39 42, 46, 49)“ (73.4 81.5, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 117, 124.5 cm) bust circumference, fastened.

Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine). Rowan Classic Yarn Bamboo Soft (100% bamboo; 112 yd 102 m/50 g): #110 pompadour, 12 (14, 15, 16, 18, 18, 20) balls.

Needles: U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.


  • Because this garment has a drop shoulder and because there’s no correlation between bust circumference and shoulder width, sleeve length is highly individual. To calculate yours, hold your arm slightly bent and measure from your spine at the back of your neck to a point midway between your elbow and your wrist. Subtract one-quarter of the finished bust circumference of the kimono (or one-half the back width) from this length to determine your optimum sleeve length.
  • As decreases are worked on the fronts, there will not always be an even multiple of the pattern repeat. Work the partial pattern repeats in stockinette stitch.