This is a traditional Henley pullover with a modern twist and was inspired by the Old River Road that designer Kay Hopkins has walked along for many years. Knitted seamlessly from the top down, the yoke and body are worked back and forth until the front Henley opening is closed, and then the body is worked in the round. The textured stitch pattern is easy to memorise and you have the added options to choose your hemline finish and the contrast finishes on the Henley button placket. Collar stitches are picked up from the cast-on edge to add stability to the neckline so it doesn’t stretch.
Knitted in Cumbia Fingering, a lustrous blend of Masham wool, Merino and mohair, makes this project full of texture and feels soft and warm when worn next to the skin.
Designer: Kay Hopkins
Published in: Knit for the Soul
More from Kay Hopkins: Tryon Creek Hat, Forbidden Cliffs Sweater in Amble or Cumbria Fingering, Winter Wonderland Wrap, Multnomah Falls Hat, Forbidden Cliffs Tee
- PDF of Old River Road knitting pattern
- 5-8 hanks of The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering yarn (depending on your size)
- Free Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering (60% Merino wool, 30% Masham wool, 10% mohair, 300 m (328 yd) per 100 g hank) in shades Blencathra (MC) – 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6, 7) hanks and Eden Valley (CC) – 1 hank (all sizes).
The photos show the sweater in shades Blencathra (MC) and Eden Valley (CC). Choose your MC from the first set of colour swatches above titled ‘Select Cumbria Fingering Colour’ and your CC from the second set of colour swatches above titled ‘Select Colour 2’.
Sizes and measurements:
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L)(L2, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Designed to be worn with at least 10 cm (4 in) ease at the chest. Choose a size that is at least 10 cm (4 in) larger than your chest measurement.
Finished chest circumference (at underarm): 89(97, 102, 106, 111)(116, 124.5,132.5, 146.5, 158, 175.5) cm [35(38.25, 40.25, 41.75, 43.75, 45.75)(49, 52.25, 57.75, 62.25, 69) inches]
Needles and notions required:
- 3.75mm (US 5) circular needle, 70–80 cm (29-32 in) and 40 cm (16 in) long, and set of DPNs (or use your preferred method of circular knitting for sleeves) – for the main body and sleeves
- 3.25mm (US 3) circular needle, 70–80 cm (29-32 in) long, and set of DPNs (or use your preferred method of circular knitting for sleeve cuffs) – for cast-on, collar, hem and sleeve finish
- 2.75mm (US 2) circular needle, 70–80 cm (29-32 in) long – for the front packets
- Stitch markers
- Yarn needle – for weaving in ends
- At least 12 buttons – 9mm (3/8 in) or 11mm (7/16 in)
- German short rows
- Italian tubular bind off
- Raglan increases
- Colour work stripes
- Twisted rib hem finish (optional)
This is an intermediate pattern and includes written instructions.