The Pereskia Kimono - Free Crochet Pattern

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It's happening...

I am going to be sharing the Pereskia Kimono crochet pattern with you all for FREE.

As most of you know I have been slowly (but surely) moving all of my Etsy patterns to my blog. A few months ago I asked my Instagram followers (@Hookedontilly) if I should share the Genesis or Pereskia Kimono first, most of you voted for the Genesis Kimono, which I LOVE so I totally get it. But now it is time for us to get started on the Pereskia Kimono!

The best part of the design is this kimono works in ALL SEASONS and is totally customizable. Wear it over a swimsuit, a dress, long sleeve top, take the sleeves off and you have a vest, it's so versatile. Which I happen to be a fan of. 

The name "Pereskia" is a type of Cactus that has beautiful flowers all over it. This only seemed fit considering I am from Arizona and we as a state happen to love cacti. 

I recommend using a cotton yarn to give this kimono a lightweight and summery "feel." I used LoveCrochet Paintbox DK cotton yarn in Dusty Rose. 

Let's get into the pattern...

Notes:

-  Kimono is worked with as little seams as possible. Piece is worked from the back of the bottom up, then split into both front pieces. Sleeves are worked separately. Once all pieces are completed the sleeves are seamed to the body first, work is then folded in half and seamed along the sides and underarms.

-  Number of chains in a chain space count as one stitch each.

-  Chain 2 DOES NOT count as a stitch.

-  Pattern lists size adjustments as such (Small, Medium, Large)

 

Materials:

-  5.50mm Crochet Hook

-  Approx. (830, 870, 1010) yards light (3) yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns DK

Cotton in Dusty Rose)

-  Scissors

-  Yarn Needle

 

Stitches:

 Ch – Chain

-  Sk - Skip

-  DC - Double Crochet

-  Ch Sp - Chain Space

-  TR - Triple Crochet

-  HDC - Half Double Crochet

 

Gauge:

In Double Crochet using 5.50mm crochet hook and lightweight (3) yarn.

14 Sts = 4"

7 Rows = 4"

 

Sizes: 

Fits Chest Measurements:

Small - 30-34”

Medium - 36-38”

Large - 40-44”

 

Pattern:

Back Panel:

Ch (64, 72, 88)

R1 - Turn, DC into 3rd Ch from hook and across (62, 70, 86)
R2 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next 2 Sts, * Ch2, Sk2, DC into next 6 Sts, Repeat from * across until 2 stitches remain, DC into last 2 stitches. (62, 70, 86)
R3 - Ch2, Turn, DC, * Ch4, Sk(1 Stitch, Ch Sp, 1 Stitch), DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across until 1 stitch remains, DC (62, 70, 86)
R4 - Ch2, Turn, DC, *DC into Ch Sp, Ch2, DC into Ch Sp, DC into next 4 Sts*, Repeat from * across until 1 stitch remains, DC (62, 70, 86)
R5 - Ch2, Turn, DC into 2 Sts, 2DC into Ch Sp, * DC into next 6 Sts, 2DC into Ch Sp, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86)
R6 - Ch2, Turn, * DC into next 6 Sts, Ch2, Sk2, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86)
R7 - Ch2, Turn, DC, into next 5 Sts, * Ch4, Sk(1 Stitch, Ch Sp, 1 Stitch),DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across until 5 Sts remain, DC into remaining Sts (62, 70, 86)
R8 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next 5 Sts, *DC into Ch Sp, Ch2, DC into Ch Sp, DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86) R9 - Ch2, Turn, *DC into next 6 Sts, 2DC into Ch Sp, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86)
R10 - Ch3, Turn, TR, *Ch1, Sk1, TR, Repeat from * across until 1 stitch remains, TR into last (62, 70, 86)
R11 - Ch3, Turn, TR into next 2 Sts, *Ch1, Sk Ch Sp, TR, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86)
R12 - Ch2, Turn, *DC, DC into Ch Sp, Repeat from * across (62, 70, 86)

Repeat Rows 2-12 for a total of (45) Rows

R46 - Ch2, Turn, DC across (62, 70, 86)

Do Not Fasten Off.

Front Panels:
R(1-2) - Ch2, Turn, DC into next (20, 26, 34, 40) Sts (20, 26, 34)

R3 - Ch3, Turn, TR, *Ch1, Sk1, TR, Repeat from * across until 1 Stitch remains, TR into last (20, 26, 34)
R4 - Ch3, Turn, TR into next 2 Sts, *Ch1, Sk1, TR, Repeat from * across (20, 26, 34)
R5 - Ch2, Turn, *DC, DC into Ch Sp, Repeat from * across (20, 26, 34)
R6 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next 4 Sts, Ch2, Sk2, *DC into next 6 Sts, Ch2, Sk2, Repeat from * (1, 1, 3) More Times, DC into last (6, 4, 4) Stitches (20, 26, 34)

R7 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next (5, 3, 3) Sts, *Ch4, Sk(1 Stitch, Ch Sp, 1 Stitch), DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across (2, 2, 4) Times, DC into remaining stitches (20, 26, 34)
R8 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next (3, 3, 3) Sts, *DC into Ch Sp, Ch2, DC into Ch Sp, DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across (20, 26, 34)

R9 - Ch2, Turn, DC into each Stitch (Make sure to place 2DC into each chain space) (20, 26, 34)

R10 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next 2 Sts, *Ch2, Sk2, DC into next 6 Sts, Repeat from * (1, 2, 4) More Times, DC into remaining stitches (20, 26, 34)
R11 - Ch2, Turn, DC into next (7, 5, 5) Sts, *Ch4, Sk(1 Stitch, Ch Sp, 1 Stitch), DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across, DC into remaining stitches (20, 26, 34)

R12 - Ch2, Turn, DC into each stitch until you reach chain space, *DC into Ch Sp, Ch2, DC into Ch Sp, DC into next 4 Sts, Repeat from * across, DC into remaining stitches (20, 26, 34)
R13 - Ch2, Turn, DC into each Stitch (Make sure to place 2DC into each chain space) (20, 26, 34)

Repeat rows 3-13 for a total of (46) Rows Fasten off.

Attach yarn to the top of the back panel on the opposite side and Repeat Rows (1-46)

Sleeves (Make Two):

Ch(61, 65, 69, 73)
R1 - Turn, DC into 3rd Ch from hook and across (59, 63, 67)
R2 - Ch3, Turn, TR, *Ch1, Sk1, TR, Repeat from * Across (59, 63, 67) R3 - Repeat row 2
R4 - Ch2, Turn, *DC, DC into Ch Sp, Repeat from * across (59, 63, 67)

Repeat Rows (2-4) for a total of 10 rows Fasten Off.

Seaming:
Step 1 - Line the center of the sleeves to the center of the neckline on both sides, sew using your preferred method ( slip stitch, mattress stitch, etc. ) (Mattress Stitch Tutorial HERE.)

Step 2 - Fold piece in half (wrong side facing out) sew from bottom of kimono up to the end of the sleeves. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Cleaning It Up:

Attach yarn to the bottom of one front panel

Ch1, Turn, HDC into each row up the front panel, across the neck hole, and back down the opposite panel. Repeat this twice more. (Stitch count will vary)
Fasten Off. Weave in all ends.

Fringe (Optional) :

Step 1 - Cut (3) 8” strands of yarn.
Step 2 - Fold the strands of yarn for one fringe in half, forming a loop at one end
Step 3 - Take your hook and draw the loop through the stitch that you’re attaching the fringe to.
Step 4 - Draw the loose ends of the yarn through the loop.
Step 5 - Holding the top of the fringe in one hand, pull gently on the fringe ends with your other hand.