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Kimono Kozy ... a side-to-side jacket


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This jacket is knit from the 3/4-length left sleeve (knit in the round) across the back/fronts (with stitches bound-off and cast-on for front opening and knit flat) and then finishing with the 3/4-length right sleeve (again, knit in the round). The stitches are then picked-up around the front opening (and across the back neck) to work the collar band - first the outer band in black and multi and then the multi "facing" (which can be turned back to show as a shawl-collared jacket). The collar band is done in a simple slip-stitch pattern where you will use one color every two rows (so no stranding!) Once the collar band facing is sewn down (and the ends tucked in) you are ready to block and wear this Kimono Kozy! The jacket fits sizes from Misses' Small-Large with directions for increasing the length and girth for larger sizes (or making smaller for itty-bitties). Amounts of yarn will change with any changes you might make to the pattern - plan accordingly by purchasing enough of the yarns in the same dye lots. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY slip-stitch patterning depending on level of alterations to the original, this is an advanced beg pattern or a experienced GAUGE 16sts x 24rws = 4 inches of stockinette SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size fits Sm-Large with notes on inc/dec size SUGGESTED YARN 695 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Plymouth Galway and Boku COLORWAY grey, black and multi

Supplies Needed

  • Worsted weight wool/wool blend yarns: oMC = 375 yards worsted weight 100% wool (shown here in Plymouth's Galway, Light Grey; used 3 skeins) oCC1 = 170 yards worsted weight 100% wool (shown here in Plymouth's Galway, Black; used 1 skein) oCC2 = 150 yards worsted weight wool/silk blend (shown here in Plymouth's Boku, Color #16; used 2 skeins)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends and sew collar band
  • stitch markers

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..