In the world of mosaic knitting, the stitch pattern we chose for our Speckled Scarf is typically used as a calming background to offset more elaborate motifs. But we think, all by itself, this pattern has its own grace and beauty.

Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

And it’s easy, too! Without ever having to handle more than one strand of yarn at a time, a simple combination of slip stitches emerges as a striking and textured fabric. In our beautiful Linen Quill, it is as warm, light, and gorgeous as a speckled feather!

Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

If you’re new to color work or if you’d just like to take a fresh look at slip stitch patterns, start with our Speckled Scarf. It’s a super fun, and seriously beautiful, knit! –Kristy

Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho


MARCH 2023

Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

Adding even more depth and fascination to this textured fabric, we knit the Speckled Wrap using two of our fingering weight beauties: Linen Quill and Line Weight. Hearty wool-alpaca-linen Linen Quill and graceful 100% merino Line Weight: Together, they are light and warm, textured and soft. High contrast or low, bright or subdued, pick up a Speckled Wrap Bundle to knit your own swath of speckly beauty!

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Kristina McGowan. Click here to see even more of Kristina’s designs!

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoSpeckledScarf, and #PurlSohoLinenQuill. We can’t wait to see what you make!


Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

NOTE: Due to a miscalculation, we originally recommended 2 skeins of Color A for this project when 1 skein should be just enough. We used nearly every yard to make our Scarf. To avoid running short, please reuse your swatch yarn, double check your gauge, and be conservative with tails!

  • Color A: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each skein of this fingering weight yarn is 439 yards; approximately 439 yards required. We used Kettle Black.
  • Color B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill. Each skein is 439 yards; approximately 305 yards required. We used Pale Oats.
  • US 3 (3.25mm) knitting needles, straight or circular

We think this color combination looks nice, too!

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  • Color A: Heirloom White
  • Color B: Stillwater Blue


30 stitches = 4 inches in stitch pattern


Finished Measurements: 8 inches wide x 70 inches long


On all right side rows, slip all of the slipped stitches with yarn in back.

On all wrong side rows, slip all of the slipped stitches with yarn in front.


With Color A, cast on 59 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): With Color A, knit.

Row 2 (right side): With Color B, k1, *slip 1, k1, repeat from * to end of row. [See Notes, above, for slipping instructions.]

Row 3 (wrong side): With Color B, k1, *slip 1, knit 1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4 (right side): With Color A, knit.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until your scarf measures 70 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 4.

With Color A, bind off all stitches knitwise.

Weave in the ends, block as desired, and you’re done!

Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

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We designed this project to highlight the uniquely beautiful qualities of our Linen Quill, a wonderful fingering-weight yarn that is a blend of 35% alpaca, 50% wool, and 15% linen. It feels amazing in your hands, and in over 60 jaw-droppingly gorgeous colors, Linen Quill is the candy store of yarn!

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