Our Falling Snow Scarf is the fairest of Fair Isle projects, its sprinkle of storybook-perfect flurries the antidote to any street-level slush piles you may encounter.

Falling Snow Scarf | Purl Soho

Knit in a tube, this scarf is double-cozy with no unsightly wrong side. The Fair Isle pattern has a no-two-are-alike sense of randomness and play, but of course we’d never leave you adrift: The colorwork is all mapped out in both chart and written form.

Falling Snow Scarf | Purl Soho

Gradations of snow and sky are extra lovely in our hand-dyed Posy and Pocket Posy yarns.  Get them both together in our Falling Snow Scarf Bundle, available in nine palettes. Choose spare and wintry (like this one!), or go for can’t-wait-for-spring with Main Colors like Pink Papaya or Fern Green. Either way, flurries of stitches are always beautiful!

Falling Snow Scarf | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Our Falling Snow Scarf Bundle includes…

  • Main Color (MC): 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Pocket Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon.

We used the palette Weathervane Gray for our sample. Choose from nine palettes. They are shown above from left to right…

Top Row

Weathervane Gray: MC is Weathervane Gray and CC is Heirloom White

Teal Twilight: MC is Teal Twilight and CC is Heirloom White

Fern Green: MC is Fern Green and CC is Mourning Dove

Middle Row

Black Cherry: MC is Black Cherry  and CC is Mourning Dove

Winter Heath: MC is Winter Heath and CC is Mourning Dove

Sour Gooseberry: MC is Sour Gooseberry and CC is Heirloom White

Bottom Row

Chili Pepper: MC is Chilli Pepper and CC is Mourning Dove

Pink Papaya: MC is Pink Papaya and CC is Heirloom White

Marigold Orange: MC is Marigold Orange and CC is Mourning Dove

You will also need…

Gauge

  • 26 stitches and 31 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using smaller needles
  • 26 stitches and 31 rounds = 4 inches in Colorwork Pattern, using larger needles

NOTE: Some knitters require larger needles for the Colorwork Pattern to be the same gauge as the stockinette stitch. Please be sure to swatch both stitch patterns to determine the correct needle size to use for each.

Size

  • Unblocked Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 66 inches long
  • Blocked Sample Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 68 inches long

Pattern

Begin

Using smaller needles (if using two needle sizes, see Gauge Note) and Contrast Color (CC), cast on 112 stitches. Place unique stitch marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Work in stockinette stitch, knitting every stitch, for 3 rounds.

Work Colorwork Pattern A

NOTE: The Colorwork Pattern is worked over a 16-stitch repeat and repeats 7 times around the circumference of the scarf. To help keep track of the pattern, place a stitch marker before the first stitch of each repeat.

Change to larger needles (if using two needle sizes).

Work Rounds 1–71 of Colorwork Pattern A, working from either the following chart or written instructions.

Chart

NOTE: For the chart, work each round from right to left, beginning with Round 1 at the bottom and repeating each line 7 times to the end of the round.

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Written Instructions

Round 1: *With Main Color (MC), k1; with CC, k7, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 3: *With CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 4: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 5: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k5, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 6: *With CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 7: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 8: With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 9: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 10: *[With CC, k4; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 12: *With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 13: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 14: *With MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; [with MC, k1; with CC, k2] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 15: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 16: *With CC, k4; [with MC, k1; with CC, k3] twice; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 17: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k5, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 18: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 19: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 20: *[With MC, k1; with CC, k4] twice; [with MC, k1; with CC, k2] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 21: *[With CC, k3; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k7; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 22: *With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 23: *With CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 24: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k6; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 25: *With MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; [with MC, k1; with CC, k4] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 26: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k6; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 27: *With CC, k4; with MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 28: *With MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k2; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 29: *With CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1: with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 30: *[With CC, k1; with MC, k1] twice; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 31: *[With MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k2; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 32: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k3: with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 33: *With MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 34: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; [with CC, k1; with MC, k1] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 35: *With MC, k2; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 36: *With CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k2; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 37: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 38: *With CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 39: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; [with MC, k2; with CC, k2] twice; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 40: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 41: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; [with MC, k5; with CC, k1] twice, repeat from * end of round.

Round 42: *With MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 43: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 44: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k8; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 45: *With CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 46: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 47: *With MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 48: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 49: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 50: *With CC, k1; [with MC, k2; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 51: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 52: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 53: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 54: *With MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 55: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 56: *With CC, k1; with MC, k7, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 57 and 58: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 59: *With MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 60 and 61: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 62: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 63 and 64: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 65: *With MC, k7; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 66 and 67: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 68: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; [with CC, k1; with MC, k5] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 69 and 70: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 71: *With CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Cut CC.

Work Middle Section

Change to smaller needles.

With MC, work in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 56 inches from cast-on edge, with edge rolled.

Work Colorwork Pattern B

Change to larger needles (if using two needle sizes).

Work Rounds 1–71 of Colorwork Pattern B, working from either the following chart or written instructions.

Chart

NOTE: Remember to start the chart with Round 1 at the bottom and work each round from right to left, repeating the pattern 7 times around.

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Colorwork Pattern B

Round 1: *With CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 2 and 3: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 4: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; [with CC, k1; with MC, k5] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 5 and 6: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 7: *With MC, k7; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 8 and 9: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 10: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 11 and 12: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 13: *With MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 14 and 15: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 16: *With CC, k1; with MC, k7, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 17: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 18: *With MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 19: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 20: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 21: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 22: *With CC, k1; [with MC, k2; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 23: With MC, knit to end of round.

Round 24: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k6; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 25: *With MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 26: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 27: *With CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 28: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k8; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 29: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k7; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 30: *With MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k4, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 31: *With MC, k3; with CC, k1; [with MC, k5; with CC, k1] twice, repeat from * end of round.

Round 32: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; [with CC, k1; with MC, k2] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 33: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; [with MC, k2; with CC, k2] twice; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 34: *With CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k4; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 35: *With MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 36: *With CC, k1; with MC, k4; with CC, k2; with MC, k3; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 37: *With MC, k2; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 38: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k4; [with CC, k1; with MC, k1] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 39: *With MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k5; with CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 40: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k3: with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 41: *[With MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice; with MC, k2; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 42: *[With CC, k1; with MC, k1] twice; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 43: *With CC, k1; with MC, k2; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1: with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 44: *With MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k2; with CC, k2; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 45: *With CC, k4; with MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 46: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k6; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 47: *With MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; [with MC, k1; with CC, k4] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 48: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k6; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 49: *With CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 50: *With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 51: *[With CC, k3; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k7; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 52: *With MC, k1; [with CC, k4; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 53: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 54: With CC, knit to end of round

Round 55: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k5, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 56: *With CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; [with MC, k1; with CC, k1] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 57: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 58: *With MC, k1; [with CC, k2; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; [with MC, k1; with CC, k2] twice, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 59: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 60: *With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 61: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 62: *[With CC, k4; with MC, k1] twice; with CC, k3; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 63: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 64: With CC, k1; with MC, k1; with CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k4; with MC, k1, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 65: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 66: *With CC, k5; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 67: *With CC, k2; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k5, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 68: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 69: *With CC, k4; with MC, k1; with CC, k7; with MC, k1; with CC, k3, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 70: With CC, knit to end of round.

Round 71: *With MC, k1; with CC, k7, repeat from * to end of round.

Work Last Section

Change to smaller needles (if using two needle sizes).

Knit 3 rounds.

Bind off loosely.

Finish

Weave in ends, wet block flat, and enjoy!

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