The knitted kimono in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book is so cute; I just had to give it a try eventually. As I was tidying up my house last week, I found some peaches and cream yarn that I had bought awhile back. I had never used it; despite our 99+ degree heat, finding it inspired me to knit something. I thought that I’d try this kimono since it was small and probably pretty quick.
My yarn had blues and purples in it. It reminded me somewhere between blueberries (girl idea) and a bruise (boy idea). Since in my head I thought it could go either way, I was hoping it would look neutral enough.
The knitting was not as fast as I thought — I guess I’m a slow knitter. I knitted it in little bits for about a week – during naps and at bedtime. I did learn a new cast-on technique that is really fun and easy — the “thumb” or “backward loop” cast on — that was totally worth doing this project. Check out the video below for some easy instructions.
While my knitting turned out like the Mason-Dixon picture, and the pattern was easy enough, the kimono was not as neutral as I hoped. I guess adding the bows swayed it to the girl’s side. Even though this ribbon matches perfectly, I may remove it and add buttons instead to try to bring it back toward the neutral range.
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