Whether you’re wandering through a grove of towering evergreens, cozied up in a library chair, or out to dinner with city lights all around, our Forest Henley suits the scene!

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

The banded collar and signature Henley placket join a wealth of thoughtful details that makes this sweater a carefully-tailored beauty.

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

You make the Forest Henley in pieces, starting at the bottom and working the front and the back separately. Keep the body cropped, like we did, or continue knitting for a longer fit, then, after seaming the collar, shoulders, and sides, pick up each sleeve and knit it top down and in the round. Done!

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

Because options are a knitter’s best friend, the pattern is written for either our 100% merino Knitting Yarn or our cotton-yak Morning. Shown here in Wild Mulberry, Knitting Yarn comes in twenty gently heathered colors and is soft, sturdy, and wonderfully springy, perfect for a toasty and super classic staple.

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

The other option, Morning, is a very special mix of 75% organically grown cotton and 25% yak. It has a satisfying weight, a very soft feel, and an incredibly lovely hand. Both cozy and breathable, your Forest Henley in Morning will be a gorgeous three-season sweater. Whichever you choose, the down-to-earth beauty of this sweater will make it one of your favorites! 

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

Originally designed by Purl Soho designer, Laura Ferguson.

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Materials

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho
  • 4 (5, 5, 6) (6, 7, 8, 8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Knitting Yarn, 100% merino wool from New Zealand. Each skein is approximately 219 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 875 (980, 1090, 1190) (1315, 1435, 1575, 1665) yards required. We used the color Wild Mulberry.

OR

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho
  • 5 (6, 7, 7) (8, 8, 9, 10) skeins of Purl Soho’s Morning, 75% organically grown cotton and 25% yak. Each skein is approximately 191 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 940 (1040, 1160, 1260) (1395, 1520, 1670, 1765) yards required. We used the color Heirloom White.

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GAUGE

20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

SIZES

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 6 inches of ease.

PATTERN

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

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

Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho
Forest Henley In New Yarns | Purl Soho

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