Garter Gaiter | Purl Soho

We all know about late night holiday knitting and 42-inch scarves, stopped short to finish in time for giving! That’s why every year we come up with the perfect quick knit, one that takes less than an afternoon to make but that you can give with pride.

Garter Gaiter | Purl Soho

This Garter Gaiter is perhaps our best inspiration so far! Knit out of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, it is delectably cozy and totally gorgeous, but even more to the point, it is a generous chunky weight that knits up here at a speedy 2 1/2 stitches to the inch!

Garter Gaiter | Purl Soho

Our Garter Gaiter features a beautiful play of color and a striking woven texture, all of which is really just the simple trick of single round stripes of garter stitch. We love it in crisp and festive candy cane colors, but can happily imagine any of our Super Soft Merino brights paired up with Heirloom White. Or for a dark and mysterious version, we love the idea of an interplay between Timeless Navy and Soft Black!

Garter Gaiter | Purl Soho

Lots of people left on your list? Check out more of our very quick, but very special, knitted gifts: our Bandana Cowl, Eleventh Hour Scarf, Fun Kid’s Hat, Hats for Everyone, and Infant Mittens. A little something for everyone!


Garter Gaiter | Purl Soho
  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. Each skein is approximately 87 yards/ 100 grams.
    • Color A: 1 skein; approximately 87 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
    • Color B: 1 skein; approximately 87 yards required. We used Red Zinnia.
  • US 15 (10 mm), 16-inch circular needles


10 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch


Finished Dimensions: 24 inches in circumference x 12 inches tall


With Color A, cast on 60 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: With Color A, knit.

Round 2: With Color B, purl.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until the piece measures 11¾ inches from the cast on edge.

Repeat Round 1.

With Color A, bind off knit-wise.

Weave in your ends, and ta da, you’ve finished the Garter Gaiter!