Japan Inspired Knitting Patterns
Knitting patterns inspired by Japanese style including kimonos, sashes, knot bags. Most patterns are free.
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Karen Stockton was inspired by the Japanese summer festival kimono, the Yukata, to create this pullover sweater with built in seed stitch sash.
The brilliant Norah Gaughan was inspired by Japanese style to create this wrapped cardigan for Berroco. The recommended yarn is my current favorite Berroco Modern Cotton which has lovely drape and stitch definition and is so comfortable.
Veronica O’Neil designed this 6 inch wide belt that can be wrapped in front or back.
Japanese Alternating Leaf Stems Shrug
Designed by Pamela Young with a Japanese lace stitch pattern.
Sweet little kimono with lovely flower and butterfly embroidery is a stylish gift for girls aged 2 – 6 years. Designed by Yarnspirations.
The amazing Frankie Brown based this purse on a traditional origami design. Measuring square, this purse opens up when you pull the top apart and then snaps back closed when you let it go.
Bright and Breezy Kimono
Caron’s easy cardigan pattern features a lacy openwork design. Sizes from S to XL.
Cirilia Rose’s versatile garment was inspired by the Japanese belly warmers known as haramaki, that keep vital organs covered to warm the entire body. It has been cleverly designed so it can be layered over your regular clothes to add warmth and style, and also serve as cowl or hood. And it’s reversible! XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
tikki’s dress is s simple seamless knit that’s great for multi-color yarn and stash busitng. 15 – 28″ chest (approximately newborn to child size 10)
Japanese Knot Bag
Phoebe Lim’s bag is inspired by the traditional Japanese knot bag that is closed by pulling the two handles through an opening in the knitting.
Joy Morgan designed this slippers knit flat as a t-shape and then cleverly folded in a wrap style. Be sure to check out the projects for ideas on how to customize your slippers!
Little Kimono Slippers
Joy Morgan created a children’s version of her kimono slippers, knit flat as a t-shape and then cleverly folded in a wrap style. Some Ravelers adapted this style for adult sizes.
Patterns for Purchase
Openwork Kimono Cardigan
Want! Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono cardigan sweater jacket with shorter kimono sleeves.
From the amazing Norah Gaughan, a wrap cardigan with Japanese inspiration constructed of simple square shapes sewn together in raglan fashion. Sizes 33 ½ (38 ½, 44, 48 ½)” bust circumference.
Viften / The Fan
Marianne Isager designed this cardigan with lace and construction inspired by Japanese fans. One of 12 patterns in her e-book Japanese Inspired Knits.
Author Tanya Alpert, a knitwear designer and fiber artist, presents 25 simple, modern garments and accessories inspired by Japanese design.
Self-striping yarn adds style to this kimono style cardigan. Finished bust is 40 1/2 (44)”.
Kimono Wrap Cardigan with Sash
Knit in pieces and seamed, the Kimono Wrap pattern features set-in, belled sleeves, turned hems, a wraparound collar, and a linen stitch sash. SIZES Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!