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The Danish Nattrojer

A Danish cropped pullover with welts, or bodice borders made with a checkerboard design

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The Nattrojer (cropped pullovers used as undershirts) were part of everyday wear for Danish women in the 1800s. In this version the welts, or bodice borders, are made of a checkerboard design and knitted back and forth in rows. The welts are joined and the body is knitted in the round to the armholes, then the front and back are divided for working back and forth to the shoulders. The shoulder seams are joined with a three-needle bind-off, and the sleeves are picked up and knitted down to the loose-fitting cuffs.
Finished Size: 33 1/4 (41 1/2, 49 3/4, 58)" (84.5 [105.5, 126.5, 147.5] cm) bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 41 1/2" (105.5 cm).
Yarn: Wendy Guernsey (100% 5-ply wool; 246 yd [225 m]/100g): red, 6 (7, 8, 9) balls. Yarn distributed by Berroco.
Yarn weight: #2 - Fine
Gauge: 28 sts and 45 rows = 4" (10 cm) in textured patterns from charts.
Needles: Size 1 (2.5 mm): 16" (40-cm), 24" (60-cm), and 32" (80-cm) circular (cir), and set of 4 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; markers (m); stitch holders.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Winter 2004

SKU: EP0388

Author/Speaker/Editor: Beth Brown-Reinsel

Format: eProject