Even if science hasn’t proven it yet, we know it’s true: time definitely speeds up in the weeks before the holidays. Hours diligently planned for gift making somehow slip away into no time at all. To account for this… Our Glimmer Scarf. Cozy and opulent, it has all the thoughtful charms of a hand-knit treasure but finishes in record time!

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho

The Glimmer Scarf is a simple 1 x1 rib, and it all starts with our super squishy Gentle Giant, a big bulky yarn that makes everything quick and easy. You’ll change colors partway through the knitting, adding a fun chromatic surprise as layers wrap around the wearer.

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho

And more fun… Along with the big strand of Gentle Giant, you’ll hold two different colored strands of our gorgeous mohair-silk Tussock. Amidst Gentle Giant’s lush stitches, the two colors of Tussock come in and out of focus, adding unexpected dapples of color and light.

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho

A jumbo softy shot through with delicate but vibrant threads of mohair silk… a veritable fiber celebration!

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho

Five skeins of jumbo Gentle Giant and two skeins of Tussock: so speedy,  you may even have time to do a little happy dance!

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho

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

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


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To knit your own Glimmer Scarf, you will need…

  • 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 48 yards/ 125 grams.
    • Yarn A: 3 skeins; approximately 141 yards required.
    • Yarn B: 2 skeins; approximately 90 yards required.
  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Tussock, 60% super fine kid mohair and 40% silk
    • Yarn C: 1 skein; approximately 230 yards required.
    • Yarn D: 1 skein; approximately 230 yards required.

We’ve chosen two pretty palettes but the possibilities are endless!

SUGAR PLUM (above left):

  • Yarn A: Gentle Giant in White Peppercorn
  • Yarn B: Gentle Giant in Calico Pink
  • Yarn C: Tussock in Pink Joy
  • Yarn D: Tussock in Squash Blossom

WINTERGREEN (above right):

  • Yarn A: Gentle Giant in White Peppercorn
  • Yarn B: Gentle Giant in Mint Ice
  • Yarn C: Tussock in Lightning Yellow
  • Yarn D: Tussock in Yellow Mimosa

You will also need…

  • US 17 (12 mm) straight or circular needles


10 stitches and 9½ rows = 4 inches in 1×1 rib, holding Yarns C, D, and either A or B together


Finished Dimensions: 8½ inches wide x 68 inches long


While you knit this scarf, you will hold three strands of yarn together: a strand of both Yarns C and D, plus one strand of either Yarn A or B. Just pull each strand from its ball… Simple!


Holding Yarns A, C, and D together, cast on 22 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures approximately 41 inches from cast-on edge.

Cut Yarn A.

Join Yarn B and holding it with Yarns C and D, repeat Row 1 until piece measures 68 inches from cast-on edge.

Still with Yarns B, C, and D, loosely bind off in stitch pattern. Here’s how…

Bind Off Row: Knit 2, pass stitch over, *p1, pass stitch over, k1, pass stitch over, repeat from * to end of row.

Weave in the ends and lightly steam if desired.

Glimmer Scarf | Purl Soho