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"A stunning collection...natural fibers and stitches were carefully selected to reflect the movement and drape of the traditional garments." - Monsters and Critics.com

"If you'd like to embrace the popular trend...Knit Kimono offers a selection of patterns to suit any taste." - The Detroit News

"Knitters in search of adventure will find much of interest." - Bangor Daily News

"Square's designs are elegant and most are accessible even to beginners." - News-Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

"This lovely little book features 18 designs, all with minimal shaping. The beauty of each garment is in the stitch pattern or colorwork... There's something for everyone here." - Planet Purl

"An amazing variety of classic and comfortable wear-to-work sweaters. Visual learners may want to buy the book just to get the DVD! New and intermediate knitters will be delighted to find they have the skills they need to create fabulous garments." - Creative Knitting

About the Author

Vicki Square is the author of Knit Kimono, Knit Kimono Too, Folk Bags, Folk Hats, and the best-selling The Knitter's Companion. She is also a contributor to Lace Style, Simple Style, and Knitting Green. Vicki regularly designs knitted pieces from elegant basics to unique art to wear. Her artistry in color and aesthetic are stated boldly through her engineering of unusually shaped garments and accessories. Magazines such as Interweave Knits, Knitter's and Spin-Off have featured her work, and she has won awards for her innovative designs. Vicki has been designing and teaching knitting for more than twenty years, and cross-trains her creative passions with drawing, painting, and mixed media pursuits. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499897
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vicki Square is the author of The Knitter's Companion and Knit Great Basics. Her work has been featured in Spin-Off and Fashion Knitting magazines. She won the 1990 National Knitting Contest and has since shown her pieces in juried art shows in Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois. She regularly teaches knitting workshops and exhibits in galleries and juried shows. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on August 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
What I like most about this book is its first impression -- The opening pages are about the tradition of the kimono garment: how it's made, some history and a pattern overview so you can design your own kimono using as much or as little tradition as you choose.

And the bottom line given in this overview is that basically, all kimonos are the same -- only the details are different.

And then the book proceeds to give 18 completely different and lovely patterns.

This made me laugh, and made me very happy -- because the design is quite simple. And the possible deviations and derivations are endless.

Out of the 18, I have 3 favorites that I intend to try this season -- and at least a dozen ideas for original designs based on the generous and clear descriptions of the basic pattern.

This is a book for those of us who love possibilities!
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Song & story lover on August 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
How can such a boxy shape as the kimono be so universally flattering, whatever one's size or body type? This would seem to be a mystery until one comes upon Vicki Square's book and comes to understand how the sizing of the various panels and the fabric used (in this case which knit fabric used) can make all the difference in fit and drape.

The kimono is in so many ways a knitter's dream project with its easy construction and its large panels -- perfect for relaxed straight knitting, for intarsia, for countless stitch variations. I have been knitting kimonos for some time as an alternative to cardigans, both for myself and for children (children love these -- no buttons to snag or mess with!), and with Vicki Square's book I am inspired to take my kimono-knitting a LOT further, and I can't wait to begin.

The illustrations are wonderful in this book -- we can see both the knitted garment flat, then seen on the body. Materials and knitting directions are well presented here as well, and diagrams help with planning projects and (for me) with visualizing how the garment comes together.

I have not only found several projects here that I want to do just as designed, but I see in my mind's eye several variations I'd like to do that take off from some of the 18 projects here...so this book is a great boost to my knitting creativity. What more could any kimono-lover ask for?

A stunning book all-around. Bravo, Vicki, well done!
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Lauragais on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a book of very high standard, print, color and paper quality are excellent and harmonious. The photographs of the 18 Kimono designs are artful, focussed, explicatory and descriptive, showing each model at least once in full size from the back and front, flat and on the body to see the fall of the panels, plus smaller and well detailed views of more intricate points such as the stitch pattern itself, or details on closures, collars, cuffs.

The book is well-structured in Introduction, Kimono Basics, Design Your Own Kimono, Glossary, Resources, Bibliography and Index. Advice on adapting the designs and patterns / yarns to your own liking is also provided and is easy to follow. The drawings of the patterns are clear and easy to understand and enlarge, sizes given in inch and cm.

Although all designs are based on simple shapes, some require more knitting expertise such as for Intarsia or Fair Isle motifs. For all designs good skills, i.e. uniformity and evenness when knitting stockinette patterns is a definite plus.

The simplicity of the Kimono design makes for an eye-catching stunning result that will not be subject to the rapid changes in fashion. The author is Vicki Square. Her books are always of high quality - but the "Knit Kimono" will set the singular standard for books on modular patterns. It is worth buying even just to enjoy reading it and looking at the pictures, a collector's item in the making.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on September 1, 2007
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I've been flipping through this book for a number of days now. The designs are elegant,unusual, and gorgeous, and don't appear to be impossible to knit for an intermediate knitter (like me). I'm especially in love with many of the short jackets and vest, which I can easily imagine wearing in real-life situations.

The directions are clear, the glossary has lots of illustrations, and the historical background information is fascinating.

I also applaud the author for using widely available yarns, rather than the insanely expensive boutique yarns many book and magazine patterns seem to favor (see: Interweave Knits).

There are two reasons I haven't started knitting any of these designs yet. First, I am rather petite (okay, short and skinny), and even though I know these designs should fit loosely, I suspect the 42-55 inch circumferences of these patterns will hang on me like a tent. And the designs as written come only in one size, so I'm going to have to create smaller sizes on my own.

Second, the amounts of yarn required (especially for the long designs) are fairly extreme. For example, the cover design (Komon) requires 20 skeins of Berroco Glace. At $7.50 a skein (the going price on the internet sites I checked), that would be $150 dollars. Even the short Dogi vest requires 6 skeins of Fiesta Meteor, which prices out at $192.

I calculated the yarn prices for a number of the designs, and they all seem to come out in the 150-200 dollar range. (Of course, the price would be less for a smaller size...)

So, for now I'll continue to knit socks (25 bucks a pair in handpainted yarn), and lace shawls (under 60 dollars even in silk-wool hand-dyes).

And someday, when I have the nerve to invest over a hundred dollars in a single project, I look forward to making one of these truly beautiful designs.
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