Otti Kimono Cardigan

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Short Description: This cozy kimono-style cardigan features a striking hexagon and diamond tiled motif. The pattern is cleverly constructed much like a quilt, by arranging many striped diamond pieces at different angles to create a dynamic visual effect. The finished garment has a simple rectangular shape similar to a blanket, but split down the front to create an opening like a cardigan. The pattern consists of 16 diamond shaped pieces, and 8 smaller triangular pieces that are sewn together, and a knitted-on border with button closures on the front and sleeve openings.

This design honors the textile artist Otti Berger (1898-1945), teacher at the Bauhaus School in Germany, inspiring early feminist voice in modernist design, and tragically, Holocaust victim.

Gauge: 21 sts and 29 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Finished Measurements: 45.5” wide and 58” long.  Falls 29” from shoulder to lower edging, and about 14-16” from shoulder down arms.

Materials Used: Sport (#2 fine).  Shown Here: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash merino wool; 136yd/50g hank):

  • Main Color (MC) #1946 Silver Grey, 11 hanks About 1346 yards total
  • Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) #817 Aran, 3 hanks About 356 yards total
  • Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) #1913 Jet, 6 hanks About 778 yards total
  • Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) #1941 Salmon, 1 hanks About 110 yards total

Needle Size:

  • Gauge Needle (Body): US size 7 (4.5mm): straight needles
  • Ribbing: US size 6 (4mm) 36” circular needle, or one size smaller than Gauge Needle." 

Pattern Includes: Written directions, illustration, schematics, links for pattern support and video tutorials that explain basic techniques, 5 pictures

Skill Level: Intermediate

Other Details: Original design by Alexis Winslow