Knitting patterns inspired by Japanese style including kimonos, sashes, knot bags. Most patterns are free. Updated 5/10/23
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Versatile cardigan knit in 2 panels with a variety of easy stitch patterns that make it pretty to look at and fun to knit. Rated easy by the designer and other knitter. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz for Mama In A Stitch. Also available in a kit.
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
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.
More Free Patterns
Reika Kimono Cardigan
Amy Gunderson designed this Japanese inspired jacket. Great for multi-color yarn! Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)
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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)
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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. Pictured project by Jenvanant.
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.
Cute Kimono Cardigan
Easy pattern by Ann E. Smith from Red Heart for a wrap cardigan in garter stitch. Sizes 2, 4, and 6 years.
Bright and Breezy Kimono
Caron’s easy cardigan pattern features a lacy openwork design. Sizes from S to XL.
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.
Patterns for Purchase
Modern Japanese style cross back tunic apron perfect for gardening, cooking, grilling, and more. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. Designer says this is beginner level pattern. Aran weight yarn. Designed by CamexiaDesigns
Openwork Kimono Cardigan
Want! Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono cardigan sweater jacket with shorter kimono sleeves.
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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. Pictured project by BarbSkates
Author Tanya Alpert, a knitwear designer and fiber artist, presents 25 simple, modern garments and accessories inspired by Japanese design.
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)