It's been around for a few years now but isn't the Penguono kimono jacket such a joyous and free spirited piece of knitted craft work?
So, go gather a colorful array of stash and scrap yarns and knit a versatile statement piece! Begin with a seed stitch rectangle followed by a series of welts on the back. The sides and fronts are knit sideways in garter stitch with simple v-neck shaping. Then, work two rectangles for the shoulders and tapered seed stitch sleeves. Garter stitch short rows form the collar and another garter stitch rectangle forms the bottom band, all outlined in I-cord. Upon completion, you have a fun short sleeved jacket, but flip it upside down and it becomes a long dramatic and shapely coat. The improvisational stripes and color blocks provide endless entertainment and you can add fringe to the back for extra drama.
Gauge: 20 [18, 16, 14, 12, 10] sts & 44 [40, 36, 32, 28, 24] rows = 10cm in garter stitch
Finished Measurements: 107 [122, 137, 152, 173, 203]cm chest circumference. XXL sample is modeled on a 104cm chest circumference with 69cm of positive ease. Garment is designed to fit with a dramatically oversized, boxy effect.
Chest circumference is determined by row gauge so you can mix yarns with a different needle and gauge for another size.
Chest Circumference Gauge per10cm in garter Recommended yarn weight
107cm 20 sts / 44 rows Fingering
122cm 18 sts / 40 rows DK
137cm 16 sts / 36 rows DK / Worsted
152cm 14 sts / 32 rows Worsted
173cm 12 sts / 28 rows Chunky
203cm 10 sts / 24 rows Chunky
Materials Used: Yarn: Use stash and scrap yarns of all weights by holding them together to get your desired gauge. Have fun and play with different fibers and adventurous color combinations. The XXL sample pictured used the following yarns held together for a chunky weight gauge.
1 strand chunky weight
1 strand worsted weight + 1 strand fingering or lace weight
2 strands DK weight
3 strands fingering weight
1 strand DK weight + 2 strands fingering or lace weight
Yarn Amount: Approximately 800 [900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300]g total
Needle Size: 6.5mm 100cm circular (for XXL size) or size needed to obtain gauge
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