Named after the English town that is famous for the rowers who wear them, Henley shirts may have more to do with rivers than forests, but we think a banded collar and two-button placket works just about anywhere!

Forest Henley | Purl Soho

With its easy cropped length and cozy rolled edge collar, we imagine our Forest Henley upping the style game on mushroom forages, climbs to scenic outlooks, and traipses through fern-covered valleys. Its down-to-earth beauty will fit right in!

Forest Henley | Purl Soho

The construction is simple. You knit the front and back separately from the bottom up, sew them together, then pick up and knit the sleeves in the round from top down. Lots of thoughtful details keep the knitting interesting and the finished piece tailored to a tee!

Forest Henley | Purl Soho

Our Understory yarn is the perfect foil for such casual piece. Its earthy palette and traditional spin are cabin-toasty, while its baby alpaca, baby yak, and silk blend and gentle drape are going-places elegant.

Forest Henley | Purl Soho

We used the beautiful Sorrel Green color, a cool under-the-canopy kind of green. We love it but might need another in warm Autumn Moor or neutral Willow Bark… All so wonderfully woodsy!

Forest Henley | Purl Soho


MARCH 2023

Forest Henley | Purl Soho

Because options are a knitter’s best friend, we’ve updated our Forest Henley pattern, now written for either our 100% merino Knitting Yarn or our cotton-yak Morning. The first, heathered and toasty for a super classic staple; the second, soft and breathable for a gorgeous three-season sweater… Whichever you choose, the down-to-earth beauty of this Forest Henley will make it one of your favorites!

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Laura Ferguson.

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Forest Henley | Purl Soho
  • 4 (4, 5, 5) (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins of Purl Soho’s Understory, 50% baby alpaca, 25% baby yak, 25% silk. Each skein is approximately 250 yards/100 grams; approximately 875 (980, 1090, 1190) (1315, 1435, 1575, 1665) yards required. We used the color Sorrel Green. (NOTE: We no longer offer Understory, but choose from one of our other light worsted/dk weight yarns.)
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 16-inch circular needles
  • US 5, 24-inch circular needles
  • Another US 5 or smaller, 16- or 20-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 5 double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holders
  • A quarter yard of smooth, thin scrap yarn 
  • Two 3/4-inch buttons. We used Purl Soho’s Large Round Buttons in Forest Green.


20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


NOTE For help picking a size, please check out our Understanding Ease + Selecting Size Tutorial!

38 (42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62, 66)

To fit actual chest circumference of approximately 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-68, 60-62) inches with 4-6 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 38 (42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62, 66) inches
  • Finished Length From Shoulder To Bottom Edge: 20¼ (20½, 21½, 22) (23, 23½, 24½, 25) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length from Underarm: 17¼ (17¼, 17¼, 17¼) (17¼, 17¾, 18, 18¼) inches
  • Sample: The sweater pictured here is size 38, worn with 3 inches of ease.


Forest Henley | Purl Soho

The Forest Henley Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Forest Henley | Purl Soho
Forest Henley | Purl Soho

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