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Japan Inspired Knitting Patterns

by | Jul 17, 2016 | Featured

Knitting patterns inspired by Japanese style including kimonos, sashes, knot bags. Most patterns are free.

Knitting patterns inspired by Japanese style including kimonos, sashes, knot bags. Most patterns are free.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Kimono Style Jacket

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

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Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Haramaki

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

Free knitting pattern for Kyoto Sweater


Karen Stockton was inspired by the Japanese summer festival kimono, the Yukata, to create this pullover sweater with built in seed stitch sash.

Free knitting pattern for Sanpoku Japanese inspired wrap cardigan


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.

Free knitting pattern for Norobi Belt


Veronica O’Neil designed this 6 inch wide belt that can be wrapped in front or back.

Japanese Alternating Leaf Stems Shrug Free Knitting Pattern | Knitting Patterns for Shrugs and Boleros, many free patterns at

Japanese Alternating Leaf Stems Shrug

Designed by Pamela Young with a Japanese lace stitch pattern.

Nordic Kimono Childs SweaterFree Knitting Pattern | Free Baby and Toddler Sweater Knitting Patterns including cardigans, pullovers, jackets and more

Nordic Kimono

Sweet little kimono with lovely flower and butterfly embroidery is a stylish gift for girls aged 2 – 6 years. Designed by Yarnspirations.

Pinwheel Purse by Frankie Brown Free Knitting Pattern | Bag, Purse, and Tote Free Knitting Patterns at

Pinwheel Purse

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.

Free knitting pattern for Reika Kimono Cardigan

Reika Kimono Cardigan

Amy Gunderson designed this Japanese inspired jacket. Great for multi-color yarn! Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)

Free knitting pattern for Makiko belly warmer, cowl, hood multi-purpose


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)

Free knitting pattern for Oriental Lily Dress for child sizes

Oriental Lily

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)

Free knitting pattern for Japanese Knot Bag

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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.

Free knitting pattern for Kimono Slippers

Kimono Slippers

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!

Free knitting pattern for Little Kimono 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.

Free knitting pattern for Cute Kimono Sweater for children

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.

Free knitting pattern for Bright and Breezy Kimono

Bright and Breezy Kimono

Caron’s easy cardigan pattern features a lacy openwork design. Sizes from S to XL.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono Cardigan

Openwork Kimono Cardigan

Want! Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono cardigan sweater jacket with shorter kimono sleeves.

Knitting pattern for Origami Cardi

Origami Cardi

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.

Knitting pattern for The Fan Cardigan

by BarbSkates

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.

Haiku Knits Japanese Inspired Knitting Patterns

Haiku Knits

Author Tanya Alpert, a knitwear designer and fiber artist, presents 25 simple, modern garments and accessories inspired by Japanese design.

Knitting pattern for Rhythm Kimono cardigan

Rhythm Kimono

Self-striping yarn adds style to this kimono style cardigan. Finished bust is 40 1/2 (44)”.

Knitting pattern for Kimono Wrap Cardigan with Sash

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)

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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