When I sit down to knit with Purl Soho’s new hand spun Shepherdess Alpaca, I am transported by memories of my favorite get-out-of-town escapes: sheep and wool festivals. Vats of freshly sheared wool, herds of fine-coated alpacas, sheep, goats and llamas, fresh air… Shepherdess Alpaca brings it all back!

Brindle Scarf | Purl Soho

Our Brindle Scarf captures all the charm and beauty of the alpacas who grew it. We combined two undyed colors, Heirloom White and brindled Wood Thrush, in a simple slip stitch pattern to create a texture with enough depth and fascination to excite your wooliest dreams.

Brindle Scarf | Purl Soho

If you haven’t tried knitting with an all natural, hand spun, undyed yarn, there is nothing quite like it. By leaving the fibers as nature intended, Shepherdess Alpaca is full of surprises and beauty. Prepare to be transported! -Jake

Brindle Scarf | Purl Soho


Brindle Scarf | Purl Soho

  • Main Color (MC): 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Shepherdess, 100% undyed, handspun alpaca. We used Heirloom White.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 2 skeins of Shepherdess. We used Wood Thrush.
  • US 13, 20-inch (or longer) circular needles

Here’s what the Brindle Scarf looks like knit up in the other colors of Shepherdess Alpaca…

MC: Wood Thrush + CC: Heirloom White

MC: Heirloom White + CC: Bantam Hen

MC: Bantam Hen + CC: Heirloom White

MC: Heirloom White + CC: Starling

MC: Starling + CC: Heirloom White


10 stitches = 4 inches in stitch pattern


Finished dimensions: 7 x 72 inches


Turn and Slide

Each row in this pattern ends with the instructions to either “turn” or “slide” the work:

To “turn the work” means to do what you would normally do when knitting rows with a circular needle. That is to say, put the needle that is in your left hand into your right and the needle that is in your right hand into your left, then flip the work around so the opposite side is facing you.

To “slide the work” means to keep the same side of the work facing you and to push all the stitches to the right end of the circular needles. Without turning the work, start the new row as you normally would.
You will know that you’re doing this right if the yarn you need to complete the next row is magically there waiting for you!


Slip all stitches purlwise unless otherwise indictated.


With the MC, cast on 17 stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): With MC, slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), knit to end of row, turn work.

Row 2 (right side): With CC, slip 1 knitwise wyif, *k1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 wyif, slide work.

Row 3 (right side): With MC, slip 1 wyif, purl to last stitch, k1, turn work.

Row 4 (wrong side): With CC, slip 1 wyib, *slip 1 wyif, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 wyif, slip 1 wyib, slide work.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 71 ½ inches or desired length.

Cut CC.

Repeat Row 1.

Bind Off (right side): With MC, loosely bind off in knit stitch.

Weave in the ends and block, if desired. (I recommend lightly steaming your scarf to relax the yarn into the stitch pattern. A full wet blocking, however, might get a little unruly!)

Brindle Scarf | Purl Soho