I just finished knitting an incredibly sweet little sweater, the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono. The pattern is easy to follow and makes a fantastic baby gift. My favorite thing about it, however, is that it’s an adorable vehicle for using Ito Yarns Men & Niji. I held one strand of each together to create the softest, most subtly color changing fabric ever!
Men is a super soft single ply of recycled cotton that is undyed and untreated. Niji is a cobweb yarn that’s best for carrying along with other yarns. It’s 100% wool and has long, non-repeating variegated color changes. Combine the two and you get a fabric that is terrifically soft, with a beautiful color palette set off by the light, natural cotton.
This kimono can be made for either a boy or a girl depending on which side you place the buttonholes- so versatile! There’s also a little tie placed inside the wrap to keep the sweater secure, lying flat and looking neat. Good idea!
The sweater comes in 3 sizes: newborn, 1-3 months, and 3-6 months. For the first size you’ll need 1 cone of each, and for the bigger sizes you’ll need 2 cones of Men and 1 of Niji (I used the orange colorway). I made the 1-3 month with a US 2 24″ circular needle. These yarns were a dream to knit, and I am seriously considering a scarf or wrap for myself so I can enjoy wearing the softness as well as knitting it!