The Danish Nattrøjer

Danish Nattrøje

Level: Experienced. The Nattrøjer 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, but by changing the gauge, as noted in the pattern, a greater range of sizes can be knitted. Model shown is worked at 28 sts/45 rows/ 4 inches.

Featured techniques: Overlapped, Split Welts, The Underarm Half-Gusset, The Three-Needle Bind-off

Finished Sizes: 33.25″ (41.5″, 49.25″, 58″)

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The Danish Nattrojer


  • 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.
  • Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle.


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