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
Kimono Style Jacket
This cardigan inspired by Japanese style is rated easy by the designer though it does include picking up stitches. Sizes from XS to XL. Designed by Sara Louise Harper for Red Heart
Garter Stitch Haramaki
Haramaki (腹巻, literally “belly wrap” or “bellyband” in Japanese) are designed to keep your middle warm and stylish. This haramaki has straps, too, so that it can be wrapped around your body and bound in front. It is knitted flat and all in garter stitch. Designed by Sybil R
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.
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)
Patterns for Purchase
Openwork Kimono Cardigan
Want! Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono cardigan sweater jacket with shorter kimono sleeves.
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!