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Anchors Aweigh: Nautical Knits

When you think of nautical-themed clothing, you probably picture kids in navy blue sailor suits with ridiculously huge collars. Thankfully, nautical knits don’t always have to give us nightmares about our childhood school pictures.

We’ve rounded up some of Craftsy’s classiest nautical knits, from hats to baby clothes and sweaters.

Drop your anchors — uh, needles — on some of these fun nautical knitting patterns.

Girl with Braids Wearing Striped Hat with Gold Buttons

Photo via Craftsy member Emily Ringelman

1. Nautical Knits Pattern Collection

This collection includes three different nautical-themed patterns, including this sailor slouch, a yacht club scarf and captain’s mitts. Wear all three together for the ultimate nautical look, or separately for just a little touch of the sea.

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Sailor Dress Baby Knitting Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member ShiFio

2. Baby Sailor Dress Pattern

Pair this traditional sailor-collared baby dress with a matching cap. The yellow and gray used here makes this outfit a little less nautical, but you could knit it in white and navy blue for the traditional look. Add some matching tights and baby will be able to wear it through early fall.

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Woman Wearing Striped Knit Shirt

Photo via Craftsy member Ruby Submarine

3. Dolman Tunic Pullover Pattern

This pullover takes a traditional boatneck off the shoulder just a bit for a loose, comfortable fit. The ease also makes this top perfect for breezy beach days. Choose from this sailor-stripe version or a three-color ombré version for a less traditional nautical look.

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Nautica Hat

Photo via Craftsy member minimi

4. Nautica Hat

This striped beanie will keep sailors warm amidst breezy beach winds. The pattern comes with child and adult sizes, so the whole family can sport the striped look. Mixing smooth and textured yarn gives the hat even more interesting detail.

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Photo via Craftsy member yive63

5. Little Boats

Forget subtlety — kids can go all-out nautical in this sweater! The red, white and blue color combo is a classic, but you could switch the red for yellow or gray and keep the nautical look.

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Photo via Craftsy member Emily Ringelman

Anchors Aweigh Gloves

6. Anchor’s Aweigh Gloves

Thin stripes give these simple gloves a preppy look, but it’s the duplicate stitch anchor that really seals the deal! The pattern comes in sizes for women’s small, medium and large.

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Can’t get enough of the nautical theme? See also our posts on nautical sewing projects and patterns and nautical quilts!

One Comment


On the point of nautical colours and variations…
Ganseys (Traditional British fishermen’s jumpers) although many were different shades of dark blue were also dark shades of green or brown and even black and charcoal depending on where they were from. It wasn’t just the patterns that determined the place or origin.
The colours were always dark though so as not to show the muck from working as much as lighter colours would. Old black and white pictures fcourse don’t pick up different colours and as blue has become traditionally the nautical colours many of the colours are lost to the knitter.


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