This crochet kimono cardigan pattern was inspired by a swim cover-up that I wore on my recent beach vacation. I loved it so much; I thought it would be fun to try to create a crochet version of a cover up. I hope you like it!
Read down below to find the free pattern or purchase a PDF version of the cover-up pattern here for the price of a fancy coffee. <3
This crochet kimono is part of a collaboration with Lionbrand.com. This post may contain affiliate links. I hope you enjoy this free crochet kimono pattern!
I can’t wait for you to make this piece!
Makes a Great Swimsuit Cover-up Pattern
What makes the Mara Kimono so great is that you can throw it on over almost anything and in my opinion, it would always look amazing with a comfy pair of jeans and tee/tank! See above!
I would also suggest using it as a beach cover-up since that was my main inspiration for this piece. How would you wear it? Let me know in the comments.
The Yarn That’s Perfect for This Crochet Kimono
To get this look, I suggest using the yarn I used Flikka Yarn from Lion Brand. This Flikka yarn adds to the comfy factor of it for sure.
If you haven’t had the chance yet to try Flikka, it is a soft cotton & polyester lightweight blend with a beautiful drape which makes it perfect as a layering garment. As of 2021, Flikka yarn has been discontinued. See my suggestion for a substitution below.
Need a Substitute? Try Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn that is made up of the same fibers and is also from Lion Brand Yarn.
You’ll love them both. Promise!
Easy Crochet Kimono Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Pattern Description: The Mara Crochet Kimono is a must-have for instant vacation vibes! The pattern has three rectangles, which makes this piece simple to work up and wear.
- Flikka Yarn from Lion Brand in KeepSake or any light weight 3 yarn such as Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn from Lion Brand
- J crochet hook 6 mm
- Yarn Needle
Approximate Yardage/Number of Skeins Required
S/M: 4 skeins, 670 yards
L/XL: 4 skeins, 784 yards
2XL / 3XL: 5 skeins, 910 yards
*Dimensions were taken after blocking
S/M: Back = ” 30 L x ” 22″W, Front Panel x2 = 30″ L x 12″ W
L/XL: Back = 30″ L x 24″ W, Front Panel x2 = 30″ L x 14″ W
2XL / 3XL: Back = “30 L x 26” W, Front Panel x2 = “30 L x 16” W
This kimono is oversized & loose. If you want a more fitted look size down, to shorten the panels crochet fewer rows. Sizing stitch count in the pattern will be S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL listed in parentheses.
- ch(s) = chain(s)
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- Standard US terms were used to write this pattern.
- The ch(s) at the beginning of each row do NOT count as a st
- How to the hdc row 3 is explained below:
Happy Crocheting Friends! I hope you enjoy making your crochet kimono cardigan!
Let’s start crocheting or add to Ravelry!
Foundation Row: Ch (53, 61, 69)
Row 1: In the second ch from the hook hdc, hdc in every ch across, turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 2, sk 2 st(s), * dc, dc, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across ending with 1 dc in last st, turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc, *2 hdc’s in ch 2 space, hdc, hdc, repeat from * across ending with 1 hdc in last st. turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 4- 37: Repeat row 2 & 3 ending with row 3 on row 37, fasten off yarn. (52, 60, 68)
Front (Side) Panels (x2):
Foundation Row: Ch (33, 37, 41)
Row 1: In the second ch from the hook hdc, hdc in every ch across, turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 2, sk 2 st(s), * dc, dc, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across ending with 1 dc in last st, turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc, *2 hdc’s in ch 2 space, hdc, hdc, repeat from * across ending with 1 hdc in last st. turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 4- 37: Repeat row 2 & 3 ending with row 3 on row 37, fasten off yarn. (32, 36, 40)
Finishing The Kimono
Blocking: I suggest blocking your pieces before sewing together, so they lay nice and flat for seaming. Dimensions above were taken after blocking.
Shoulder Seams: Place the back panel down and the two front panels on top as shown below. With a spare piece of yarn and a yarn needle sew together 8 inches on each side as shown below using the whip stitch.
Arm Hole: Leave armhole for sizes as follows:
S/M: 8 inches
L/XL: 9 inches
2XL/3XL: 10 inches
Side Seams: After leaving a space for the armholes with a spare piece of yarn and a yarn needle sew one front panel and back panel together using the whip stitch stopping with approximately 8 inches of panel left to sew. Do this for the other side as well. Fasten off and weave in ends securely
Tip: Make sure panels are lined up evenly for a cohesive look
You Are Done With Your New Summer Crochet Kimono Cardigan!
This piece should drape and fall where it pleases. Blocking the panels before beginning to sew will make it easier to sew the kimono pieces together.
I hope you enjoyed making your very own crochet kimono that you can easily wear as a swim suit cover up!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me or ask in the crochet community group on Facebook.