Kohno Kimono Again

xt1a8593I know you have seen the Kohno Kimono before, since it was published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016, but I wanted to show the photos my husband took of me wearing it in our garden last February, just before I sent it off to Interweave. This is how I introduced it: Inspired by the sculptural aesthetic of architect Hugo Kohno’s work in Tokyo, is this oversized long kimono style jacket with short wide raglan sleeves. It is adorned with a domed check pattern ending in wide moss stitch borders at the front, bottom and in the sides.

xt1a8586The yarn I suggested and had used in my swatch was a favourite combination of Rowan Lima – an alpaca and merino blend in a chainette yarn – together with Rowan Fine Tweed. Instead editor Meghan Babin suggested using The Fibre Company, Acadia and that was a clever choice since it is a lovely yarn to knit with and has a luxurious feel to it. This is how it is described by The Fibre Company themselves: “Acadia is a 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed”. It is made of 60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk with 133 m/145 yards on each 50 g skein and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The gauge is 21 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The sample is knitted in Sea Lavender, a soft grey with lilac undertones. The Kimono takes 13 (13, 14, 15, 16, 16) skeins. The Fibre Company Yarns are distributed by Kelbourne Woolens in the US.

xt1a8591-editThe Kohno Kimono is oversized and I am wearing the third size with a bust circumference of 124 cm/49″ with 32 cm/12.5″ of positive ease. The finished size: 112 (118, 124, 132, 137, 142) cm/44 (46½, 49, 52, 54, 56½)”. I was delighted to see one of the knitters attending my workshop in Stavanger had started knitting it. The English pattern is available as a single pattern to download but also as part of the wonderful knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016  digital issue available both as a digital issue or as a print issue. I have ordered a few more colours of Acadia and cannot wait to see them and swatch with them.

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