View Full Version : Help with Japanese pattern?????

10-04-2009, 09:25 AM
So, Of course I'm desperate to knit this:


It looks like some people did knit this and I'm wondering where the heck I can get this pattern??? Does anyone know where I can get this pattern or something similar?

On a side note, I'm really in a knitting funk right now. I can't remember the last time I knit something that I really liked when it was done. It would be great to make this and really love it!!

Thanks for any help!!

10-04-2009, 09:34 AM
Well, if you want the actual Japanese book it's in, on the book page there is a link to amazon/Japan.


There are also links to Japanese Knitter groups who I expect can help w/translations.

10-04-2009, 09:44 AM
I tried to look at the amazon page but it's completely in Japanese! Perhaps I will look at some of the knitting groups on Ravelry....

Jan in CA
10-04-2009, 11:37 AM
I think I'd use a different pattern and try to incorporate the design from the Japanese one if you can't get an acceptable translation.


These aren't exactly the same though. It looks like it's just a long rectangle seamed at the sides. The arms don't look like there's any shaping involved so you might be able to wing it.

10-04-2009, 02:16 PM
Maybe you're right, Jan. I might be able to knit in the round and then put it on straights for the top? Knit from the bottom up? Then I can measure something I really like and adapt it. I have never just made something up before, it's a little scary. I guess I'll get the graph paper out and start working. I'm sure I'll have a million questions but I know you all will be here!


Jan in CA
10-04-2009, 02:41 PM
I've never done something like that either, but that sounds like it would work fine. I think you just need to do a gauge swatch, measure yourself, adjust for ease and cast on.

10-04-2009, 02:56 PM
I'll let you know how it goes! I have jewelry stuff to work on in my studio, getting ready for the holidays, and then I can tackle this. I usually knit a lot in the dead of winter, after the first of the year...

This is a very good idea, this way I can pick a yarn I like and not have to worry about matching a gauge to a pattern. I can also look for a sale yarn that won't cost a fortune!

Thanks a bunch!

10-05-2009, 04:52 PM
I wish I could help but my Japanese has gone downhill in the last 20 years (no one to talk to and definitely no reading) but I love the style.


10-05-2009, 04:58 PM
I contacted someone who knit the tunic and she wrote back that she did it from the magazine (she obviously reads Japanese) so I wrote back and asked if I could pay her to translate...I haven't heard back.

No big deal. My husband needs a new hat and the kids need them too so Mom's tunic goes on the back burner anyway...