The Danish Nattrøjer

The lovely women’s “blouses” from 19th century Denmark, called “Nattrøjer”, or nightshirts, were knitted of one color in knit/purl motifs. In this class, a small sweater will be knitted circularly compiling a variety of construction techniques: split bottom welts, overlapping welts at the join, the half gusset as part of the sleeve, “seam” stitches, transposing the pattern chart to change from circular to flat knitting, as well as the classic knit/purl pattern motif that was a part of so many of these garments. A discussion on designing and a brief slide show is include



Time: 12 hours

Level:  Intermediate — must be experienced at reading charts, and using double pointed needles.


Supply List:

  • 3  oz. worsted weight yarn (preferably wool).  A light colored, untextured yarn is easier to see and to work with.
  • US size 5 double pointed needles, 7″ long, and 16″ circular needle.
  • St markers, st holders, scissors, tapestry needle, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.