If you remember, I put up with a lot of annoying fussiness (and that’s the worst kind of fussiness, don’t you agree?) before casting on the Harvey Kimono. Wow, what a difference! Simple and intuitive construction, with clear and concise directions: that’s all it takes to make me happy :).

Pattern: Harvey Kimono from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding. I knit the smallest size, newborn. (But not before I cast on for the largest size, up to 12 months, only to realize that there’s no way I would have enough yarn. We all know I have a problem with that type of thing.)

To tell you the truth, I modify every pattern that I knit, even those about which I say, “I knit this without changing a thing!” It’s just that there are some patterns, like the Harvey Kimono, where the changes are so miniscule, they aren’t even worth mentioning (here, reinforced buttonholes instead of basic ones, narrower side edging because I was running out of yarn). So, “I knit this without changing a thing!” Heh.

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Tatamy Tweed DK (45% cotton, 55% acrylic, 250 yards per 100 gram skein) in Walnut, 1 skein. Yes, just 1 skein! The cost effectiveness of this is tantalizing!

Needles, gauge, and finished size: As recommended in the pattern, US 5 (edgings) and US 6 (main). My gauge ever-so-slightly differed from the one in the pattern: 20.5 sts and 32 rows = 4″. So, the finished sweater is a little bit wider than prescribed: about 17.5″ around the chest, 7.5″ from hem to shoulder, and 6.75″ from cuff to armpit.

One of the great things about this pattern is that it tells us to knit 4 buttonholes, 2 on each front, so we can overlap the two flaps in whichever way we see fit. I chose “left over right,” and adorable turtle buttons.

However, I was puzzled by the request to attach 4 buttons – I couldn’t figure out the best way to handle those which would be on the inside of the sweater. No matter how carefully I stitched, the spots where the two inside buttons were attached dimpled. So, instead I sewed on one big button and a loop of trim. It just made more sense to me.

Overall, a quick, easy, satisfying and destined to satisfy knit! And another gift checked off the (seemingly always-growing) list.

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29 thoughts on “Non-fussy

  1. Mary K. in Rockport

    Oh man, very cute. How I am wrestling with an almost-done 6 month size sweater in which I altered the pattern. Now I can’t seem to find a satisfactory solution to the neck/raglan button band. Why can’t I just follow the pattern? Good for you for doing that. Maybe your recipient will be a chubby baby and the little extra width will be just right!

  2. Chery

    Now that’s a color I could love… and I’m not much of a brown person. Might have to get me some. Very cute sweater, thanks for sharing.

  3. Mary

    I love the turtle buttons!

    When I run into the over-lap button deal/problem with the puckering I double the buttons on that side, i.e. sew one decorative button on the outside to hide the pucker of the inside button.

  4. Jessica

    Really cute. I love the curves and straight angles on the front, and your yarn choice is sweet.. very grown-uppy, which can be extra cute on a babe, and can tone down their normally absurd clothing. πŸ™‚ I am very interested in how it fits on an actual baby!

  5. yahaira

    I love the sophisticated color with the fun turtle buttons. thank god this one wasn’t as fussy, it came out beautifully.

    I think we need a countdown! how many babies are you knitting for? wait, that might make the number grow! so nevermind πŸ™‚

  6. Laurie

    Wow, that’s cute. I have a go-to baby kimono sweater that I’ve knit many times, but this might just displace it. Especially because mine has a gauge of about 30st=4″, and this is, well, much more reasonably gauged.


  7. Seanna Lea

    Lovely. I will have to remember this tweedy yarn the next time I want to make a quick, satisfying project without breaking the bank. And I love tweed!

  8. Windsor Grace

    Last night, I went to a knitting group. And this woman was knitting a skirt for a little girl. And we asked, who is that for? She replied, “Oh, my future granddaughter!” And we said, “One of your children is expecting?” “No,” she said, “I’m making it in case he ever gets married and has kids.”

  9. minnie

    i made a similar sweater last year for a friend, and what i did was make attached icords for the inner flap, and tied them shut. since it was in sockweight yarn, the ties were small, and the mom (a fellow knitter) said it worked magnificently (without dimples!)

  10. Kate

    Lovely! I have a fondness for turtles myself. (You seem to have a flood of friends with babies all the sudden!)

  11. Leah

    I have a Knit Kimono book out from the public library (sorry don’t remember the author or the exact title). She said Kimono’s are always left over right except when you are being buried. I don’t expect Louisa would follow that convension, but it does just simplify things.

    That is a lovely little kimono.

  12. Stephanie

    Very cute and I’m going to remember that book for baby knits b/c there are some I just don’t want to spend a lot of time on. Does that say something about me?

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