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The Danish Nattrojer


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The Nattrjer were a part of everyday wear for Danish women in the 1800s. These were cropped pullovers, used as undershirts. Although many variations were created, the sweaters usually contained some of the following construction details. The welts, made of a checkerboard design, are knitted back and forth, then joined circularly. The body is knitted in the round up to the armholes, including a half gusset made with increases. At this point the garment is split at the armholes and is knitted back and forth up to the shoulders, again dividing at the front and back neck. The shoulders are then joined and the sleeves are picked up and knitted down to the loose-fitting cuffs. Because of the enormous motif repeat (58 stitches), only four sizes are shown here. But by changing the gauge, a greater range of sizes can be knitted. Featured Techniques: Overlapped, Split Welts The Underarm Half-Gusset The Three-Needle Bind-off Technique boxes, charts, and schematic are included. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Ability to work flat and in the round GAUGE This pattern is written for a gauge of 7 sts/inch, but you can extrapollate based on the gauge you choose. A table is included to suggest other gauges to attain the desired dimensions. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Chest circumference*: S (M, L, XL): 33.25 (41.5, 49.75, 58)". Length: 19.25 (19.25, 21.75, 21.75)". Work half of the vertical repeat to add length in 2.5" increments (an extra 1 to 2 balls of yarn). Model shown is worked at 7 sts/11.25 rows/inch. *See Gauge table for additional sizes.

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: Guernsey or other firmly twisted sport weight or fingering weight wool yarn: 246 yds/100g: 6 (7, 8, 9) balls, or 1475 (1725, 1975, 2225) yards.
  • Needles: Size 1 (2.25 mm) in 16" (40 cm), 24" (60 cm) and 32" (80 cm) lengths, and dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
  • Stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle

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