knit.wear Wool Studio 101: Shiriku Tsui-do

Kimono-style jackets are so hot right now. They’re all over the fashion and craft magazines, and it’s easy to see why: everyone looks good in them. With minimal shaping and a straightforward boxy shape, they are surprisingly flattering on all body types. Tall, thin, curvy, short—it’s an easy style for anyone to wear and feel good in. It’s also an easy style to make, as they have little-to-no shaping; that’s why we included a kimono jacket in the Wool Studio 101 lookbook, our new collection of classic sweaters for everyday wear.

The Shiriku Tsui-do is a beginner-friendly kimono jacket that’s trendy and very wearable, perfect for a knitter ready to tackle their first sweater. The classic shape makes it effortless to work this jacket into your wardrobe. Try belting it over a pencil skirt and wearing red lipstick and heels for a sophisticated look. If that’s not your style, pair it with a linen tank dress, chunky turquoise jewelry, and sandals for a laid-back lagenlook outfit. Or split the difference: throw it on over a cute floral top and wear it with jeans and boots. Kimono jackets are incredibly versatile, no matter your style.

Hop on the kimono trend!


All Images by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Vicki Square

DIFFICULTY Easy

FINISHED SIZE 44 (48, 52, 56, 60)” circumference at underarm. Kimono shown measures 48″; modeled with 9½” of positive ease.

YARN Mountain Meadow Wool Cheyenne (100% mountain merino wool; 175 yd [160 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): silver, 8 (8, 9, 9, 10) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Marker (m); removable m; stitch holders; spare 24″ cir same size or smaller than main needle; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 16 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in St st.


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