As light as sea foam, as gentle as a breeze, our Striped Garter Scarf is as fresh a layer as early fall demands. This is the sweet scarf you need to battle the shortening days and evening chills that threaten your comfort in the months ahead!

Striped Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

To make our Striped Garter Scarf we alternated between two lightweight fingering yarns: Cattail Silk and Line Weight. In a case of opposites-really-do-attract, Cattail Silk’s little nubs of color and crisp, natural finish pair beautifully with Line Weight’s single ply cloud of merino wool.

Striped Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

For beginners, this pattern is a great next step after your first garter stitch scarf… Knit two rows with one color, then two rows with the other. More experienced knitters will also enjoy this simple project that lets you settle into a knitting groove!

Striped Garter Scarf | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Nicole Milano.

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  • Yarn A: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Line Weight, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 494 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 494 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • Yarn B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Cattail Silk, 100% silk. Each skein is 618 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 524 yards required. We used Blue Bamboo.
  • US 4 (3.5 mm), 40-inch circular needles


24 stitches and 56 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch


Finished Dimensions: 11 inches wide x 70 inches long


To switch between yarns, bring the working yarn behind the non-working yarn when you knit the first stitch of each right-side row.


Using Long Tail Cast-On and Yarn A, cast on 420 stitches,

Row 1 (wrong side): With Yarn A, knit to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): With Yarn B, knit to end of row.

Row 3: With Yarn B, knit to end of row.

Row 4: With Yarn A, knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 11 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.

Cut Yarn B.

Bind Off (right side): With Yarn A, bind off loosely knitwise.

Weave in all ends and block gently.

Striped Garter Scarf | Purl Soho