baby kimono FREE pattern

I pay for patterns sometimes. If there’s something I really want to make and I have no idea how to go about it, I will for sure go out and pay for the pattern. But then other times…

So I’ve made a few kimonos for newborns and then the pattern I used went from free to $6.95. Now, that’s fine, but I just can’t imagine paying for that.

So I made my own. And I’m keeping it free.

Thanks to feedback over the last while, I’ve included a video of how to increase! Also, there was an error on row 2 – it used to say hdc 9 in the middle portion, but it’s actually 10!

Without further ado… here’s the pattern!


Materials needed:
H hook
Worsted weight yarn – about 150 yards + a small amount of contrast yarn if wanted.

* ch 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch
* I don’t make a hole in the pattern for the tie to feed through because I feel like there’s enough space between stitches to do this.
* Gauge – 9 rows & 12 stitches – roughly 4″
* When you are going to do the hdc-ch1-hdc, you skip the first hdc, then hdc-ch1-hdc in the ch1 space, then hdc in the next hdc. If you don’t skip the first hdc, you’re going to end up with waaaayyyyy too many stitches.


Ch 31
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc across (30)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2hdc in first stitch, hdc-ch1-hdc in 2nd stitch, hdc in next 7 , hdc-ch1-hdc  in next, hdc in next 10 , hdc-ch1-hdc, hdc in next 7 , hdc-ch1-hdc in 2nd last stitch, 2hdc in last stitch (36)
Row 3-13: ch 1, 2hdc in first stitch, *hdc up until ch 1, hdc-ch1-hdc in the ch 1 space*, repeat until last stitch, 2hdc in last stitch (increasing  by 6 each row)

At the end of the 13th row you should have a total of 102 stitches.

If you want to check your work it should go:
Row 3: 42, Row 4: 48, Row 5: 54, Row 6: 60, Row 7: 66, Row 8: 72, Row 9: 78, Row 10: 84, Row 11: 90, Row 12: 96, Row 13: 102


Armhole forming:

Row 14: ch 1, 2hdc in first stitch, hdc until ch1 space – yarn over, slip hook into first ch 1, slip hook into next ch-1, complete hdc (first armhole made),  hdc until ch1 space – yarn over, slip hook into first ch 1, slip hook into next ch-1, complete hdc (second armhole made), hdc to last stitch, 2hdc in last stitch.

You’ve formed both arms and you will now be working on the back and lengthening each side to create the wrap section.


Row 15-21: 2hdc in first, hdc across, 2hdc in last.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Row 1: Ss in stitch under armpit. With right side facing, hdc around. (21)

Rows 2-12: ch 1, hdc around, ss to first chain. (Arms will be roughly 6″ in length)

Repeat for second sleeve.


Contrast colour:

Attach a contrast colour to the end of a sleeve and sc around. Slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off & weave in ends. Repeat on other sleeve.

Attach yarn to one corner.

Ch 1, Sc around front of kimono. When you reach the next corner, chain 30, slip stitch back along the chain (this is your first tie). Continue with sc along back of sweater. When you come to the other corner (where you started), chain 30, slip stitch back along the chain, slip stitch to first chain. Fasten off and weave in ends.


You will still need to make the ties on the sides. I don’t make a hole in which to thread the ties through because I find that I have enough room with hdc stitch. I thread the tie through one side and then attach the contrasting yarn at that stitch, chain 30, slip stitch back, slip stitch to attachment and fasten off.


For the opposite side you can eyeball it to determine where the tie will sit.

And voila! Kimono!

I kindly ask that you give me credit if you use my pattern and that you don’t use my pattern as your own.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharon
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 06:43:10

    hi I love your pattern for the baby kimono but every time I go to print it wont allow me to the page just shows blank could you help me please I have tried for many weeks and the pattern is just perfect many thanks sharon


  2. Saskia
    May 30, 2015 @ 16:32:50

    Trying to make this kimono but wondering if I’m doing the hdc-ch1-hdc in 2nd stitch wrong…am I right to hdc in 2nd stitch of that row then chain one then another hdc in still same stitch?? My turns are very square? Beginning crocheter so guessing I might be reading pattern all wrong?


    • lifelearningmama
      May 30, 2015 @ 16:45:43

      You are right to hdc ch1 hdc in the same stitch.

      When you use this stitch, it basically makes a corner so it will look quite pronounced especially after a few rounds of it.

      And we were all beginners at one time so please keep asking!


  3. Shirley Addams
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 15:55:17

    I am an intermediate crocheter and finding this pattern difficult. Right from the beginning, I find that I have too many stitches. Any suggestions? Thanks.


    • lifelearningmama
      Sep 02, 2015 @ 17:02:27

      Can I get back to you tomorrow? I’m about to make another one so I can refresh my memory 🙂


    • lifelearningmama
      Sep 03, 2015 @ 12:27:59

      Hiya – I added a note under the notes section to hopefully clarify. You hdc up to the stitch BEFORE the ch1 space – you SKIP that hdc, then hdc-ch1-hdc in the ch1 space and keep going. If you do the hdc in the stitch before the ch1 space you end up with too many. I’m guessing that is what you had done (and what I did when I was checking!)


  4. Lisa wells
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 10:08:10

    I’m at the end of row 2 and having trouble with the last few stitches. ( hdc-ch1-hdc in last 2nd last st, 2hdc in last stitch) struggling to understand the “last second last ” bit. There’s 3 lasts ?


  5. Emily
    Jan 26, 2016 @ 22:52:12

    I really think your pattern is cute….but instead of putting the ties on each side, I will be putting different baby shaped buttons


  6. lifelearningmama
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 12:18:50

    Emily – Thank you so much! Please send me a picture when it’s done!!


  7. Jen Graham
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 22:49:45

    Hello, I love your pattern, thank you for posting it. I have already made one though I altered it and made it a bit longer in the body. Strangely, I am starting a 2nd one and I am only now finding an error in the pattern. In the 2nd row, you state that it should result in 36 stitches, but that is not the actual number of stitches made which comes to 35. I am going to add an extra stitch to the back by making it 1 hdc in ea hdc for 4 stitches, 2 hdc in next hdc and 1 hdc in each hdc for 4 stitches, making the back piece 10 stitches instead of 9. This should work I think to fix the math problem, but since it’s your pattern you might want to look at it again and decide for yourself. Thank you again.


  8. carynh
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 13:48:07

    So gutted! I cannot get this to work. Been trying to amend the stitches so I end up with the right number, but I just can’t get it right.
    Can anyone help please?


  9. Jessica
    May 25, 2017 @ 17:49:28

    I can’t get this to work! I am fine at the row with 36. Then…I hdc to the ch1…SKIP the hdc before it…then hdc-ch1-hdc in the ch1 stitch. THEN, do I need to skip the next hdc that was after the ch1? I tried both ways and my counts were off…


  10. Rhonda
    Jun 09, 2017 @ 16:45:40

    Hi, I’m currently doing this pattern. Have made the armholes but can’t work out how to,continue. You say we are now working on the back but how does the front part join into the pattern? Can you give some more pics of how this works or explain for me. Thank you.


  11. lifelearningmama
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 20:56:55

    I absolutely will take more photos and update this so it’s more clear!

    The front part continues to expand with the 2hdc so that it eventually overlaps.


  12. Teri Tussey
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 11:24:02

    I just finished this sweater and it’s very cute. Everything seemed to crochet up fine following the directions you give. I am hoping that you’d do a tutorial idea and place it on YouTube. Thank you for this pattern.


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  14. Dominique
    Feb 08, 2018 @ 02:41:24

    I love this kimono but I am stuck at the armholes ! I cant fingere out how to make them as i dont end up with holes but just a stitch in the ch1 space and I have no idea how to go on after that , do I just continue crocheting the same rows ?


    • Amanda
      Feb 08, 2018 @ 08:39:46

      The stitch in the ch1 space should make big gaps on either side which is where the arms will go. So when you join you start working back and forth skipping that big bank of stitches.

      That’s probably convoluted but I’m hoping it helps! Let me know if it doesn’t and I can try to be more detailed and maybe take a photo.


  15. Kum Patel
    Mar 11, 2018 @ 13:20:56

    I am stuck at armholes too, I have been crocheting for 40+ years and find the pattern very difficult to read, at one stage I gave up at row 3, but as i am not a quitter started it again, with manipulating stitches to reach the right number!! Row 14 has thrown me completely and about to undo all and give up the idea of completing this pattern!!


    • lifelearningmama
      Mar 11, 2018 @ 15:36:35

      I’m so sorry you’re having a hard time. Would it help to word the row 14 like this:

      ch 1, 2hdc in first stitch, *hdc until ch1 space (ARM HOLE START), skip all stitches until next ch-1 space (ARM HOLE END), hdc through both ARM HOLE START AND ARM HOLE END*. Repeat from * to * to create 2nd armhole, hdc to last stitch, 2hdc in last stitch


  16. Cee
    Mar 22, 2018 @ 01:49:45

    Hello! I love your pattern, but I too have a problem with the number of stitches in each row, but I believe I’ve figured out the problem. In row 2, I end with 40 stitches. I frogged it several times and each time I started anew, I ended up with 40 stitches. Suddenly a light went on in my head and I realized I was counting the ch 1 spaces. When I subtracted the 4 ch 1’s, I ended up with the requisite 36. All I can say is that my kimono came out looking great!


  17. DEBBIE G.
    Jun 09, 2018 @ 07:16:55



  18. Donna
    Oct 01, 2018 @ 19:13:49

    Just found this …. want to get started but I have a question … this is not being done as one piece as I originally thought. When you are working on the arms, is Ss supposed to mean Slip Stitch? Later on, you spell it out.
    Until I actually work it, I won’t know if there are any other questions …. but I did read all the comments, first.
    I don’t actually know what part I am working on first …. can’t quite ‘see’ this in my head …. is the body all one piece moving around? Am I working from the top down? The bottom up? Front piece around the back to the other side?

    FYI …. there is one typo … ‘yolk’ should be ‘yoke’ …. damn that autocorrect …. lol.


  19. Donna
    Oct 01, 2018 @ 19:15:14

    Left a comment above …. didn’t see that the email address (which I didn’t enter) is incorrect …. below is the correct one.


  20. Donna
    Oct 01, 2018 @ 20:52:21

    Ok …. I have done a few rows and the counts are working out just fine but I don’t seem to have the ‘ridges’ that I see in the photos …. am I supposed to be working the hdc’s in the back loop only?


  21. Donna
    Oct 01, 2018 @ 21:58:04

    I am usually very good at following patterns but my stitch work doesn’t look like yours. You seem to have many more openings in your work in the video … are you going into the chain -1 stitch or the chain-1 space? It makes a difference in the look of the work … and you are going into the full stitch, not the back loop only, on the hdc? Also, due to the increases at the ends, my rows are getting to be rounded …. this is correct?
    Sorry that I am finding this so difficult …..


  22. Donna
    Oct 03, 2018 @ 18:10:55

    The sweater has worked out beautifully! But it really IS newborn size …. any suggestions for making this same pattern but larger?
    BTW …. that armhole fashioning was brilliant! I didn’t overthink it … just did what you said … and suddenly there was a shoulder and armhole fashioned.

    Thank you!


  23. Donna
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 10:21:59

    Hi … I actually made this sweater three times …. all over a year ago. Original size didn’t fit a baby more than 9 pounds, so I made the next one about a 12 month size and the third one was for an 18 month old.
    Now I want to make one for a preemie to donate to a hospital. Any suggestions for initial number of stitches of the row? I am away from home and my pattern so I am starting from scratch (as a math teacher, I used ratio and proportion to increase the pattern).
    Would love to upload a pic but I am not sure how to do that from my iPad … which is all I have with me.


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