It’s here! The Raven Kimono! Over the past few weeks we’ve worked hard to learn the Cherry Blossom stitch. The Cherry Blossom scarf introduced you to working this stitch in rows, then you learned how to seamlessly go from one round to the next with CB Infinity Now you can put them both together to make this beautiful kimono!
The story that made it happen
This is Raven. She is sassy, classy, and a bit of a smart ass. Hahaha. I met Raven during my photo shoot for my fall beanie styles last year. She rocked the photo shoot and was so much fun to work with! We became friends and the rest is history.
But what inspired this Kimono was this picture. I was looking for inspiration for a new design. Covid was just becoming rampant in the US and the quarantine had just started. As I scrolled Pinterest looking for new stitches to learn, I came across the Cherry Blossom stitch and new at once I had to find something to use it with. Then I saw this photo on Raven’s Instagram. The loop was complete! I new exactly what to create next and got started.
I wanted the project to incorporate Raven’s style and personality, so I called her up to tell her my idea. She go on board and together, we designed the Raven Kimono.
What makes this pattern unique
The pattern is truly unique because it uses the same stitch in two different ways. The first way we use the stitch is by working it in rows. These rows create the panels for the back body and front panels.
The second way we use the stitch is in rounds. These rounds are so unique because the stitch allows us to seamlessly go from one round right into the next without having to change the sequence of the stitch.
One more element that makes this pattern unique is how the sleeves are worked directly on to the armhole. Instead of crocheting the arm then attaching at the end, the arm is crocheted right onto the armhole opening giving you more control over the length and width of the the sleeve.
What you will need
Yarn: #3 DK or similar weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Truboo; 100% rayon from bamboo 3.5ox/100g; 241yd/220m; color Seafoam
Hook(s): 6mm/ J-10
Yarn Needle, Scissors, Stitch Markers, Row Counter (optional)
Two buttons for front closures (optional)
Let's talk fiber!
What you will look for between labels is,
Is the weight the same?
Are the fibers similar, such as Acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?
Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?
Are the recommended hook sizes the same?
Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so me be more difficult to compare.
What I really love about this yarn
Truboo is one of those yarns where once you get used to it you can’t stop using it for everything! It has a beautiful sheen that allows the yarn to slide on and off you hook so nicely. There is very minimal drag so your project works up quickly, and evenly.
It also has a spread effect. This is when the yarn is lightly twisted during production, then when you are working with it the fiber strands spread out and help to form a more full bodied stitch. This also means it splits easily which can be a bit of a pain, but if you are willing to put the time into working with it more and more the payoff is sooooo worth it!
The other thing I love about this yarn for this project is the weight. When crocheting with this yarn it feel so lightweight, then you get some rows in and you will start to see how the weight of the yarn accumulates and the piece starts to pull on the stitches giving it the lacey design of the Cherry Blossom stitch.