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Kimono Kitty · Part 2 of 4 · Creator Challenge 2021

Dear fellow crocheters,

Welcome to Sweet Softies' fourth annual Creator Challengefeaturing the Kimono Kitty!  She's a sweet, little cat who wears a traditional Japanese dress.  This kokeshi amigurumi doll's outfit includes a kimono with the large sleeves, an obi sash, and a bow on the back.  She also wears a sakura (cherry blossom) flower on her head.  

If you haven't already, check out the INTRO PAGE for rules and important information about this Creator Challenge.

You can PIN this pattern for later~

You can also save it and/or add your project on Ravelry!

Want to get the full set of instructions in one convenient, printable, and ad-free PDF file with photo references? If so, you can purchase the PDF pattern for a small fee. Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!


Body & Sleeves


Use pink yarn. 

R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts) 
R2: Inc around. (12 sts) 
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts) 
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts) 
R5: Sc around in BLO. (24 sts) 
R6-R11: Sc around. (24 sts) 

Switch to white yarn. 

R12: (Sc 6, dec) x 3. (21 sts) 
R13: Sc around. (21 sts) 

Switch to pink yarn. 

R14: (Sc 5, dec) x 3. (18 sts) 
R15: (Sc 4, dec) x 3. (15 sts) 
R16: (Sc 3, dec) x 3. (12 sts) 
R17: Sc around. (12 sts) 

FO with a long tail for sewing later. 

Waist ribbon: With dark pink yarn, insert hook between R12-R13 and surface sl st around. (Click here for a video tutorial on the Waist Ribbon.) 

Waist Ribbon Video Tutorial:

Stuff the body firmly. If desired, fill the bottom half of the body with pellets (to add weight) and stuff the top half with fiberfill.


Start with pink yarn. 

R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts) 
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts) 
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts) 

Fold the circle in half. Switch to white yarn. Sl st in next st to join the round. 

Sleeve Edging: Ch 1, sc around the semicircle (folded circle), inserting your hook into both layers.

Sleeve Edging Video Tutorial:

FO with a long tail for sewing to the body.

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Participants are encouraged to share work in progress (WIP) photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!

You can also save this pattern or add your project on Ravelry!

Pattern Links

Pattern Links

Kimono Kitty's pattern will be FREE on my blog, but an ad-free printable PDF pattern with photo references is also available for purchase. (Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!)

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Happy crafting!