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


Speckled Scarf | Purl Soho

  • Color A: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. We used Kettle Black.
  • Color B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill. We used Pale Oats.
  • US 3 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.

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