For the past few months, I have been quietly re-knitting a new version of the Field Henley using Ancient Arts Socknado yarn, and I'm very happy to introduce the second version of the pattern today! Along with an alternate variation of this wardrobe staple, the pattern layout has been updated (so that you get both patterns as one.)
I don’t recall exactly what made me want to knit my own version of those ubiquitous, wooly grey men’s Henleys, but the fact that I couldn’t find a suitable pattern is a huge part of why I started designing knitting patterns in the first place. The Field Henley was my first published sweater pattern, and the original sample knit is still a wardrobe favourite for me.
The original version of the Field Henley (now called Version 1) was knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, chosen because the wet-blocked, post-bloom wooly fabric and the colourway “Sweatshirt” was ideal for my original vision. It has a fitted body, and a soft-rolled hem at the bottom created by wet blocking the stockinette edge.
Though Loft is a fingering weight yarn, it is not easily substituted with sock yarns in certain scenarios, such as this. Sock yarns by design tend to be durable, springy, and resilient... too resilient to calm that stockinette with a wet block! This was the main reason I decided to do an update for the Field Henley, and open up and accommodate more yarn choices for knitting the sweater.
The new, Version 2 of the Field Henley uses Ancient Arts Socknado yarn, which is 80% Superwash Fine Merino and 20% Nylon. This bouncy, soft yarn with a satin sheen really shows off the hand-dyed colourways, and looks so lovely even in plain stockinette. To accommodate the characteristics of sock yarn for this design, Version 2 differs slightly in these ways:
- The bottom hem has a small section of ribbing to keep it laying flat
- The bottom hem and cuffs use slightly more of the second colour, to showcase the contrast
- The cuffs are more fitted / have slightly less positive ease, as the 1x1 ribbing is more elastic with a sock yarn
Both Versions of the sweater are included in the Field Henley pattern. For those who have previously purchased the pattern, you will receive an automatic update through the magic of Ravelry (which includes a new layout!)
To celebrate the update, the Field Henley is 20% off on Ravelry from August 2nd, 2018 through August 8, 2018 (PST). No code required!
If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some colour combo suggestions for the new Version 2 of the Field Henley, all in Ancient Arts Yarn Socknado: