From the bestselling author of Knit Kimono comes a brand new collection of kimono and Asian-inspired tops with simple shapes and unique details. In more than 20 new designs, Vicki Square has created a pattern collection of kimonos and other Asian-inspired tops, tunics, and vests, blending traditional inspiration with projects that contemporary knitters can't resist. You'll love the stunning look of each kimono design and relish in the easy-to-follow instructions for shaping and construction.
Knit Kimono Too focuses on lighter weight knits for layering, plus unique stitch patterns, colorwork, and openwork designs. Vicki also offers innovative shaping, interesting closures and edgings, and clever knitting techniques. Each project--from vests, coats, lightweight shells, and short-sleeve tops to a wide assortment of kimono jackets featuring various weights of yarn--is shown off in clear photography and step-by-step instructions. On the included instructional DVD, Vicki also demonstrates the special techniques and stitches that make these garments so elegantly wearable, including two-color slip stitch, surface embroidery, two-hand stranded colorwork, garter-stitch shortrows, attaching knitted cord, making origami folds, double knitting, and more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
KNIT KIMONO TOO, like the author's previous book, Knit Kimono: 18 Designs with Simple Shapes, presents a varied collection of pretty patterns for knitted kimonos. The patterns are carefully thought out: asymmetric neckline closings lie flat (re-su yugata), traditional front-openings hang straight (tsui-do hanten), and fashionable uneven hems form controlled vees (nishiki) or gently irregular curves (keshi murasaki).
There is a brief, interesting historical discussion of the Japanese tradition of layering five (or as many as twenty) different-colored robes according to "approved" color sets. In keeping with this layering tradition, the book includes patterns for several simple tank tops (with minimalist border or panel decorations) that can be coordinated with and worn beneath the kimonos.
I own a LOT of knitting books, and most have one or two really great sweaters, but in this book, they all are knock your socks off designs - true eye candy. The designs are simple, clean, and really elegant ones that anyone of any age or shape can wear.
The real bonus with this book is the dvd where the author demonstrates how to do the various stitch patterns and embellishment techniques for most of the designs. This dvd is the best I've seen with really well photographed and scripted video demonstrations and explanations.
The slipstitch technique used in the black and white vest, matsuri dogi, and i-cord bindoff for the origami bag are covered in the video, however when I checked my book, the patterns were not there. When I checked the resources section at the end of the dvd, the first item covered were instructions for downloading these patterns (for free) at the publisher's website.
I ordered this book almost six months ago and have been eagerly waiting for it to arrive. I also own Ms. Square's, Knit Kimono, and was hoping that it would be just as good as that pattern book. I was not disappointed! Every pattern in Knit Kimono Too is a winner! I only own a handful of pattern books in which I want to knit every item and this is one of them. There are patterns for short, long and mid-length kimonos, as well as patterns for short sleeve and sleevless tops that you can wear under the kimonos. My favorite pattern is re-su yukata: a long kimono in mango colored chenille. The embroidery on kumo reminds me of the flower patterns I saw on some vintage kimonos at an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art last year. There are designs for wool and cotton as well as a nice introduction on the history of kimonos. Of the dozens of knitting books I own, this is definitely one of my favorites. I can't wait to get started!
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