Bernat® Softee® Baby Kimono (Knit)
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Bernat® Softee® Baby Kimono (Knit)

This handsome wrap-front sweater is soft and light.  It offers a bit of layered warmth when the temperature's unexpectedly cool, outside or in.  The garter stitch pattern uses Bernat® Softee® Baby.  Soft and easy to care for, this yarn is a long-time favorite for baby projects.

Skill Level:  Easy

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Bernat® Softee® Baby (Ombres: 4.25 oz./120 ga.; 310 yds./283m) Yarn – Little Boy Blue [Sizes 6 Months (1 Ball), 12 Months (2 Balls), 18 Months (2 Balls) or 24 Months (2 Balls)]
  • Knitting Needles, Size U.S. 5 (3.75mm) or Size Needed to Obtain Gauge

Project Instructions

Sizes: 6 (12-18-24) mos.
To fit chest measurement: 17 (18-19-21)" [43 (45.5-48-53.5) cm].
Finished chest: 21 (22-23-25)" [53.5 (56-58.5-63.5) cm].
Gauge: 22 sts and 42 rows = 4" (10cm) in garter st.


Alt = Alternate(ing)
Beg = Beginning
Cont= Continue(ity)
Dec= Decrease(ing)
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Right and Left Front (make alike).

Cast on 52 (55-58-63) sts.

Work in garter st (knit every row) for 2" (5cm).

Shape front: Dec 1 st at beg of row on next and every following alt row to 35 (38-47-50) sts, then every following 4th row from previous dec to 31 (33-36-39) sts, ending at armhole edge.

Shape armhole: Cast off 7 (8-9-10) sts beg next row. 24 (25-27-29) sts. Dec 1 st at front edge on every following 4th row from previous dec to 12 (12-14-15) sts.

Cont even until armhole measures 4¾ (5-5-5½)" [12 (12.5-12.5-14) cm]. Cast off.

Back: Cast on 58 (61-64-69) sts. Work in garter st until total length measures same as Front before armhole shaping.

Shape armholes: Cast off 7 (8-9-10) sts beg next 2 rows. 44 (45-46-49) sts. Cont even until Back measures same length as Fronts before shoulder. Cast off.

Place markers 2¼ (2¼-2½-2¾)" [5.5 (5.5-6-7) cm] in from sides for shoulders.

Sleeves: Cast on 33 (35-39-39) sts. Work in garter st, inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and every following 8th row to 51 (55-55-61) sts.

Cont even until Sleeve from beg measures 8 (9-91/2-10)" [20.5 (23-24-25.5)cm]. Cast off. Place markers on side edges 1¼ (1½-1½-1¾)" [3 (4-4-4.5)cm] down from cast off edge.


Sew shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves, placing rows above markers along cast off sts of Fronts and Back to form square armholes.

Ties: (make 4).

Cast on 25 sts. Cast off.

Sew 2 ties at beg of front shaping on each front and 2 ties at side seams 2" (5 cm) up from cast on edge of body to match front ties.