Forbidden Cliffs Tee by Kay Hopkins

Forbidden Cliffs Tee

June 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
809 - 1900 yards (740 - 1737 m)
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L)(L2, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) See below for finished msmts.
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Pattern is available in Knit Companion.

Inspired by the Forbidden Cliffs : “A secret place for good reason (it’s dangerous as hell) - it is one of the stranger and more startlingly beautiful places on all of Oregon’s Coast. Wild and untamed barely describe what’s happening here.” (Courtesy of Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Forbidden Cliffs is the perfect top to knit up fast for warmer weather or to layer under a sweater or jacket. The slip-stitch colorwork at the neckline is easy and uses only one color per round. Choose a bold contrast as shown in the sample photos, a more muted contrast, or even invert the colors.

Other design features include a wide neckline raised in the back by short rows, and a gentle shirt-tail hemline that is flattering on many figure types and makes for comfortable wearing. Construction is top-down and in the round in a completely seamless manner. It starts with a circular yoke for easy colorwork and transitions into raglan seams for best fit (and the ability to raise your arms without exposing everything). There is no finishing to be done at the end except for weaving in a few ends.

This design will look great in any yarn with good drape that meets gauge. I do recommend a smooth, equal weight yarn for the contrast color and that you swatch the design to be sure your colorwork yarn plays out well with your main color.

This pattern has been professionally tech-edited and tested.

XS(S, S2, M, M2, L)(L2, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Designed to be worn with 2”/ 5 cm ease at bust and 4” / 10 cm ease at hips.

Chest: 32.5(33.5, 36, 38.5, 40.25, 42.75)(46.5, 49.25, 51, 55.5, 60.25) inches / 82.5(85, 91.5, 98, 102, 108.5)(118, 125, 129.5, 141, 153) cm.
Choose a size that is 2” / 5 cm larger than chest measurement.

The Fibre Co’s Amble, a fingering weight yarn shown in White Heather with colorwork in Eden Valley and also in Appleby Castle with colorwork in White Heather. See Yarn Kits.


Any yarn that meets gauge, has good drape and a smooth even finish for the colorwork. Do not knit too tightly to get gauge as you want the fabric to drape nicely.

See for yarn substitutions.

Estimated Yarn Required
MC: 734 (758, 840, 898, 968, 1097)(1265, 1414, 1464, 1593, 1820)  yds / 671 (693, 768, 821, 885, 1003)(1157, 1293, 1339, 1457, 1664)m.

CC for Neckline Colorwork: 75 yds / 69 m used for sample size M2.

Yardage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used.
Accessible to Advanced Beginner.
Skills Used: Basic knit stitches, increases, easy mosaic slip-stitch colorwork, German Short Rows (link to tutorial included).

See Mosaic Video Tutorial by Felicia Wong at Sweet Georgia Yarns using my Smugglers Cove Shawl pattern.

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