A Kimono for Baby (And the Picot Cast-on!)

The Harvey Kimono by Louisa Harding, pattern available in Natural Knits for Babies and Moms

Sometimes a pattern just grabs you and won't let go. That happened to me with the Harvey Kimono by Louisa Harding.

In my November 9 post, I put this project on my calendar for summer, but I couldn't wait. One of my friends is expecting a baby and when she told me it was going to be a girl, I cast on immediately!

This pattern is called the Harvey Kimono, but I just can't bring myself to call the girl version "Harvey," so I renamed it "Hannah."

I love knitting baby clothes; for me, it's as close to instant gratification that knitting can offer. I knit this little sweater in three evenings! I'm so happy with my little Hannah, and I know my friend will be, too.

The Picot Cast-On

The "Hannah" Cardigan by Louisa Harding. Kathleen's version, knit in Patons Katrina.

There are so many cute things about this pattern, but what makes it for me is the picot detail at the hem, neckline, and cuffs. This technique doesn't look easy to do, but it is.

The directions say "Using the cable method, *CO 5 sts, BO 2 sts, slip st on right needle to left needle; rep from *—3 sts CO for each rep.

So, we know that CO = cast-on, BO = bind-off, and sts = stitches, right? Good. The cable method of casting on is really easy (plus, no tail to estimate!—click on the link above if you need a lesson), so we're set to go.

1. Cast on a total of 5 stitches.

2. Bind off two stitches. (You'll have 2 stiches on the left-hand needle and 1 stitch on the right-hand needle.)

3. Slip the stitch on the right-hand needle onto the left-hand needle. (You'll have 3 stitches on the left-hand needle, with a space after the first two stitches, which is where you bound off the two stitches to make the picot. The stitch you slipped off of the right-hand needle counts as the first stitch in your next group of five.)

4. Use the cable cast-on to cast on 4 more stitches so you have 5 stitches after your last picot.

Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you have the required number of stitches cast on.

For those of you who are visual learners, here's a video for you.

When I did this cast on the first time, I was confused by the last part of the directions, "3 sts CO for each rep." I thought that meant that you cast on 3 stitches after each picot step, which gave me a total of only 4 stitches per picot step instead of 5, and that didn't work with the directions of repeating from the asterisk. I reread the directions a couple of times and it clicked that there were 3 stitches cast-on to the needle after I did each picot repeat.

Then I had to think twice because if I cast on 5 stitches for each picot repeat, I'd be working with 6 stitches instead of the original 5. That's why I cast on 4 stitches for each repeat, as noted in step 4, for a total of 5 stitches for each repeat. I like how that looks in the cast on, too. If you add more stitches, you'll cast on more stitches each time to you do the repeat, and you'll have more space between your picots. It's up to you!

I hope you'll try this pattern from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms—you'll find lots of precious little baby knits in this book to go with your Hannah or Harvey Kimono.


Amber's Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater

P.S. If you haven't downloaded our free eBook Baby Patterns from Knitting Daily: 7 FREE Baby Knitting Patterns, get yours now. And please forward this email to friends you think might enjoy some free baby knitting patterns, too! I forwarded it to my friend Amber, who made the Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater, shown at right. She wanted a kimono look, so she made the arms a little wider. Nicely done, Amber!


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