Garter stitch is a beginner’s best friend, and even for the most seasoned knitters, it holds an important place in our repertoire of stitch patterns. Cecelia Campochiaro reminds me of this in her beautifully designed book, Sequence Knitting.

Broken Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

Sequence Knitting brings to life the modular and algorithmic nature of repeating simple combinations of knits and purls. We’ve put these methods to the test with this Broken Garter Scarf, which is just one line of a repeating pattern. In Purl Soho’s elegant Mulberry Merino, the result is a texture as soothing to behold, as it is to create!

Broken Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

It isn’t often that such a groundbreaking reference book comes along, and Sequence Knitting has secured a prime spot on my bookshelf. If you’re interested in the story behind this book, I highly recommend Cecelia’s interview for Woolful. And to put the concepts into practice, start with our Broken Garter Scarf! -Laura

Broken Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

Update: New Color

March 9, 2017
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The soothing hypnotism of our Broken Garter Scarf pairs perfectly with our lustrous Mulberry Merino. And in our new heather-ed Wheat Flour color, the result is subtle and totally classic. Click here for more information and additional photos!

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Laura Ferguson.

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  • 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Mulberry Merino, 80% extra fine merino wool and 20% mulberry silk. Each skein is 247 yards; approximately 554 yards required. We used Ballet Pink and Dark Loam. (NOTE: We no longer offer Mulberry Merino, but choose from one of our other sport weight yarns.)
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), straight or circular needles


22 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch


Finished Dimensions: 9 inches wide x 78 inches long


This pattern is worked over a multiple of 6 + 1 stitches. For example 6 x 8 = 48 and 48 +1 = 49.


Cast on 49 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Slip 1 knitwise, * k2, p1, k3, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures desired length or until you have just enough yarn to bind off.

Bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

Broken Garter Scarf | Purl Soho