Snow tomorrow, scarf today. So much drama with so little effort… You can knit our Jumbo Andean Scarf in about the time it takes to unearth the winter coats and boots, and before you know it, you’ve made a very big statement!

Jumbo Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

Credit goes to our new Jumbo Andean Handspun, a ginormous mix of baby alpaca and merino wool. Handspun in the Andes mountains of Peru by an organization of indigenous women who learned their craft from the women before them, who learned their craft from the women before them, Jumbo Andean Handspun keeps valuable traditions alive… with remarkable modernity.

Jumbo Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

It also happens to be incredibly beautiful yarn, as sculptural as rope and as soft as anything. But pay attention here: We are issuing Jumbo Andean Homespun in a limited edition, available exclusively in Heirloom White, and once we sell out, we sell out! So if adventurous knitting is on your itinerary, grab some while you can!

Jumbo Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

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Jumbo Garter Scarf | Purl Soho
  • 6 skeins of Purl Soho’s Jumbo Andean Handspun, 60% baby alpaca and 40% merino wool. Each skein is 16 yards/ 125 grams; approximately 96 yards required.
  • US 50 (25mm), 60-inch circular needles

PLEASE NOTE: Our Jumbo Andean Handspun was a limited-release yarn and is unfortunately no longer available. For a similar gauge for this project, we recommend using 5 skeins of Gentle Giant held double, equally Jumbo, and in a wide range of color choices!


3 1/4 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch


Finished Dimensions: 7 inches wide x 74 inches long


1 skein of Jumbo Andean Handpsun makes about 2 rows of garter stitch at this cast-on number.


Using Long Tail Cast On, cast on 60 stitches.

Row 1: Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in front, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 nine more times, or until piece measures 6 1/2 inches from cast-on edge.

Loosely bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and you’re done!

NOTE: This yarn does not easily wet splice, so use your fingers to weave in the ends as usual for garter stitch. Check out the Garter Stitch section of our Weaving in Your Ends Tutorial for some extra tips!

Jumbo Garter Scarf | Purl Soho