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Looking for a free bed jacket knitting pattern? They are not that popular anymore. I found 6 and 5 of them are vintage knitting patterns.

Bed jackets are popular in the early part of the 20th century. They are designed for wearing in bed, with a short body and long armholes to cover over nightgowns and pyjamas. Sounds like a bolero with large armholes.  

I found 6 free bed jacket knitting patterns. 5 of them are dated in the 1930s-1040s. I tried to update and re-write the instructions. Let me know if it works.

1. One Piece Bed Wrap

Designed in 1933, this one-piece bed jacket is more like a shrug. The pattern calls for DK weight wool. An interesting feature is the use of a single strand of yarn with smaller needles, and then changing to jumbo-sized needles and using 2 strands of yarn.

This is knitted in garter stitch which means knitting every row.

Materials Required

  • 3 ounces of DK weight yarns in two contrasting colours: Blue/White, Pink/White or any other desired shades
  • One pair 5mm knitting needles and one pair of 10mm knitting needles

Pattern

  • With the main colour and 5mm knitting needles, cast on 36 stitches
  • Row 1: *Knit 2, Purl 2, repeat from * until the end
  • Row 2: Purl the purled stitches and knit the knit stitches
  • Continue with the 2×2 ribbed hem until it is about 5 inches
  • Change to the contrasting colour yarn
  • Start increasing 1 stitch at the beginning and end of each row until you have 72 stitches (18 rows)
  • Change to 10mm needles, add another strand of yarn and knit every row for 40 inches
  • Change back to 5mm knitting needles, drop one of the strands of yarn
  • Start decreasing 1 stitch at beginning and end of every row until 36 stitches remain (18 rows)
  • Change to main colour to work the knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 5 inches.
  • Cast off loosely

Making up

  • Fold the piece in half lengthwise
  • Line up the cuff edges and seam up the cuffs (the ribbing portion)
  • Embellish the edging with a crochet edge. If you do not know how to crochet, you will have to pick up a lot of stitches. Either leave the edge as it is or learn to crochet. It is not too difficult.

If you do know how to crochet, perhaps do something fancier… like a scalloped edge.

The original vintage pattern is available at http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/one_piece_bed_wrap_vintage/

2. Knitted bed jacket knitting pattern by Mathilde

This bed jacket spots a 4-row open mesh lace pattern. It is knitted in a single piece from the back to the front. The sleeves are picked up from the ribbed yoke.

The vintage pattern calls for 7 balls of 4-ply wool yarn. The yardage is not specified. I would like to recommend the following:

Size of knitting needles is No.7 which I take it to be 4.5mm

2×2 ribbed hem

  • Cast on 90 stitches
  • Row 1: *Knit 2, Purl 2, repeat from * until the end
  • Row 2: Purl the purled stitches and knit the knit stitches
  • Continue with the 2×2 ribbed hem until it is about 6 inches long

Mesh lace

This is how the mesh lace looks like
  • Row 1: Knit all
  • Row 2: Knit all
  • Row 3: Purl all
  • Row 4: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1 (90 stitches)
  • Repeat Row 1 to 4 until the piece measures 16 inches from the beginning of the mesh lace

Yoke

  • Start by doing 2×2 ribbing
  • Continue the 2×2 ribbing until the yoke measures 8 inches

Right front

  • Knit 2, purl 2 for 27 stitches, Cast off the next 36 stitches to shape the neck
  • Transfer the remaining 27 stitches onto a stitch holder
  • Continue to rib the first 27 stitches until it measures 8 inches
  • Next row: Knit 1, make 1 for all 27 stitches (54 stitches)
  • Row 1 of the mesh lace: Knit all
  • Row 2: Knit all
  • Row 3: Purl all
  • Row 4: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1
  • Repeat these 4 rows until the mesh lace portion measures 16 inches
  • Change to 2×2 ribbing for 6 inches
  • Cast off

Left front

  • Transfer the last 27 stitches back to your knitting needles
  • Start the 2×2 ribbing for 8 inches to match the right side
  • Next row: Knit 1, make 1 for all 27 stitches (54 stitches)
  • Row 1 of the mesh lace: Knit all
  • Row 2: Knit all
  • Row 3: Purl all
  • Row 4: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1
  • Repeat these 4 rows until the mesh lace piece measures 16 inches
  • Change to 2×2 ribbing for 6 inches
  • Cast off

Sleeves

  • Pick up stitches along the yoke portion. The vintage pattern did not say how many stitches to pick up. If you are unfamiliar with picking up stitches, do visit https://www.purlsoho.com/create/picking-up-stitches/ for a good comprehensive guide.
  • If it is possible, try to pick up at least 140 stitches per side
  • Row 1 of the mesh lace pattern: Knit 1 row
  • Row 2: Knit all
  • Row 3: Purl all
  • Row 4: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1
  • Repeat these 4 rows until the mesh lace piece measures 16 inches
  • Decrease the stitches until there are 70 stitches. If you have 140 stitches on your needles, to reduce to 70 stitches, knit 2 together for all stitches. If you do not have 140 stitches, do a bit of calculation to see how you can do so evenly across the row.
  • Continue with a 2×2 ribbing for 5 inches
  • Cast off
  • Repeat the same instructions for the other sleeve

Front band

  • The original pattern calls for a 9-stitch front band in moss stitch that is separately knitted and then attaches to the edges of the front of the jacket.
  • Another way is to pick up stitches along the edge of the front and knit the moss stitch band.
  • The video below demonstrates 2 ways to create bands or borders.

Making up

Fold the jacket in two at the shoulders. Line up the seams of the sleeves and body and sew them up.

The most common technique is to use mattress stitch. See how it is done in the video below. The disadvantage is the seam will have a ridge.

The other method which does not produce a ridge is the Bickford seam. It may be more suitable for this delicate bed jacket.

The original pattern is available at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58664696

3. A quickly knitted bed jacket

This vintage bed jacket is knitted in 6 pieces: back, 2 front pieces, 2 sleeves, 1 band. It is anything but quick, in my opinion. But it does look pretty.

This vintage pattern requires 11 ounces of 4-ply super fingering yarn.

Size of knitting needles: 1 pair of 2.75mm and 1 pair of 3.75mm

It is supposed to fit a small to medium figure which may not be so reliable since this pattern hails from the 1930s. It did say that the length of the shoulders is 23 inches and the sleeves are 20 inches.

The jacket is worn in a crossover style, fastened by a wide silk or brocade ribbon (store-bought).

Back: 2×2 ribbed hem

  • Cast on 101 stitches with 2.75mm knitting needles
  • Row 1: Knit 1, *purl 2, knit 2, repeat from * to end of the row
  • Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches to grow the 2×2 ribbing until it measures 3.5 inches

Back: waist holes & back

  • Row 1: knit 10, turn,
  • Row 2: purl 10
  • Repeat these 2 rows until you have 1.25 inches (or 11 rows)
  • Break off the yarn and knit the next 10 stitches like the last
  • Continue to repeat the 2 rows until all 101 stitches are done
  • Join all 101 stitches together with a purl row
  • Change to 3.75mm needles and knit 66 rows in garter stitch (that is, knit all 66 rows)

Back: armhole shaping

  • Cast off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows
  • Knit 2 together at the beginning of alternative rows until you have 89 stitches left

Back: yoke

  • Change to 2.75mm needles and work in 2×2 rib for 4.5 inches
  • Cast off

Fronts (Make 2 of these)

Hem

  • Cast on 61 stitches with 2.75mm knitting needles
  • Row 1: Knit 1, *purl 2, knit 2, repeat from * to end of the row
  • Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches to grow the 2×2 ribbing until it measures 3.5 inches

Waist holes & fronts

  • Row 1: knit 10, turn,
  • Row 2: purl 10
  • Repeat these 2 rows until you have 1.25 inches (or 11 rows)
  • Break off the yarn and knit the next 10 stitches like the last
  • Continue to repeat the 2 rows until all 61 stitches are done
  • Join all 61 stitches together with a purl row
  • Change to 3.75mm needles and be prepared to knit 66 rows in garter stitch (that is, knit all 66 rows)
  • Knit 6 rows of garter stitch
  • Row 7: knit 2 together, knit all
  • Repeat these 7 rows until the 66th row

Armhole shaping

  • Cast off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next row (the straight side)
  • Knit 2 together at the beginning of alternative rows until you have 37 stitches left

Yoke

  • Change to 2.75mm needles and work in 2×2 rib for 4.5 inches
  • Cast off

Sleeves (Make 2)

  • Cast on 61 stitches using 2.75mm needles
  • Work in 2×2 ribbing for 3.5 inches
  • Change to 3.75mm and work in garter stitch for 66 rows
  • Continue in garter stitch while decreasing one stitch at the beginning and end of every row until there are 4 stitches remain
  • Cast off

Jacket Band

Using 2.75mm knitting needles, cast on 11 stitches and knit a band in garter stitch that equal the length of the edge of the jacket.

Making up

  • Seam the back and front pieces together at the shoulders.
  • Line up the garter stitch band and the jacket edge and sew them together, stretching slightly at the neck.
  • Sew the sleeves
  • Fold the piece in half, then seam the underarm and side seams

Insert the ribbon through the slots and fasten with a big bow.

The original vintage pattern is available at http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Gov10_06Rail-t1-body-d23-d3.html

4. Breakfast Coat

Image credit: www.agoodyarn.net
  • 1 pair of 10mm and 1 pair of 3.5mm knitting needles
  • Gauge: 9 rows = 1 inch with 3.5mm knitting needles
  • 4 skeins of worsted weight yarn

Back

  • With 10mm needles, cast on 184 stitches
  • Row 1: knit 1, * purl 1, knit 2, repeat from * until last 3 stitches, purl 2, knit 1
  • Row 2: Purl 1, knit 2, purl 2, repeat from * until last 3 stitches, knit 2, purl 1.
  • Repeat these 2 rows for 4 inches. End with Row 2. This 4-inch ribbing makes up the frill
  • Change to 3.5mm needles, continue ribbing for 62 rows. End with Row 2.
  • Cast on 47 stitches at the beginning of next row for sleeves. Beginning with purl 2, work the 2×2 ribbing till the end of the row, cast on 47 stitches (278 stitches)
  • Begin the next row with knit 2, purl 2 till the end of the row
  • Continue the 2×2 ribbing for 12 inches
  • Bind off 47 stitches at the beginning of each of next 2 rows
  • Work the ribbing for 77 stitches and transfer to a stitch holder, work the next 30 stitches, place onto a stitch holder, work the rest of the 77 stitches
  • Continue ribbing for these 77 stitches for 6 rows

Neck Shaping

  • Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge every second row for 24 times, then every row for 8 times. (45 stitches). Transfer to a stitch holder
  • Transfer the other 77 stitches back to the knitting needles
  • Starting at neck edge, decrease according to the other side. Row end at the neck.
  • Without breaking the yarn, pick up and knit 36 stitches, knit the 30 stitches on the stitch holder, pick up and knit 36 stitches on the other edge. Continue knitting through the 45 stitches on the stitch holder (192 stitches)
  • Change to 10mm needles, continue 2×2 ribbing for 4 inches.

Frill on sleeves

  • Using 3.5mm needles, pick up 96 stitches on edge of sleeves
  • Change to 10mm needles, and work ribbing for 4 inches. Cast off.

Making up

  • Line up the edge of the sleeves’ frill with right sides facing each other. Seam the edges together.
  • Repeat the same with the edges of the body.

The original vintage pattern is available at http://www.agoodyarn.net/PT_BreakfastCoat.htm

5. An Australian warm bed jacket

This Australian bed jacket knitting pattern makes 3 pieces: 2 fronts and 1 back. The bands are knitted separately and sewn on to the jacket.

Materials Required

  • 8 ounces of fingering yarn
  • 1 pair 4mm knitting needles
  • 1 Skein Pink Embroidery Silk
  • A few strands Green Embroidery Silk,
  • half a yard Pink Ribbon, half an inch wide.

Front (Make 2)

2×2 ribbing

  1. Cast on 48 stitches
  2. Row 1: Knit into the back of each stitch
  3. Row 2: * Knit 2, purl 2, repeat from * until the end
  4. Continue with the 2×2 ribbing until it measures 3.5 inches

Body

  1. Row 1: Knit 6, purl 6, repeat from * until the end
  2. Repeat row 1 5 times
  3. Row 7: * Purl 6, knit 6, repeat from * until the end
  4. Repeat row 7 5 times
  5. Repeat these 12 rows until 10 blocks are completed.
  6. Work 12 rows of garter stitch (that is, knit all for 12 rows)
  7. Cast off

Back

2×2 ribbing

  1. Cast on 82 stitches
  2. Row 1: Knit into the back of each stitch
  3. Row 2: * Knit 2, purl 2, repeat from * until the end
  4. Continue with the 2×2 ribbing until it measures 3.5 inches

Body

  1. Row 1: Knit 6, purl 6, repeat from * until the end
  2. Repeat row 1 5 times
  3. Row 7: * Purl 6, knit 6, repeat from * until the end
  4. Repeat row 7 5 times
  5. Repeat these 12 rows until 11 blocks are completed.
  6. Cast off

Front band

  1. Cast on 7 stitches
  2. Work in garter stitch until the front band measure 46 inchdes

Sleeves bands

  1. Cast on 7 stitches
  2. Work in garter stitch for 19 inches. Make 2

Making up

  1. Sew up the side seams leaving a space of 9.5 inches for the armholes
  2. Seam across the shoulders leaving 5 inches in the centre for the neck
  3. Line up and pin the bands onto the jacket. Seam neatly

This vintage pattern is available at https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/54965637

6. Bed jacket knitting pattern with wavy ripple

This is a pattern designed by Tante blaa. She uses Alpaca and kid mohair yarn knitted together. About 540m.

English is not her native language so the instructions may be a little confusing. The wavy ripple may seem complicated but it is actually quite straightforward after you get the hang of it.

The free web-based pattern is available at http://tanteblaadk.blogspot.com/2013/01/ladies-and-gentlemen-my-first-knitting.html

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