This sweet and simple Knit + Fold Bandana is a one- or two-skein little gem, a lightweight heavyweight for when afternoons stretch into nights and outings into adventures.

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho

Bandanas come from almost everywhere and every time. From Hermés catwalks to cattle roundups, you can’t pin down a bandana… And who would want to? They’re the perfect chameleon!

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho

We knit ours up in our earthy and elegant Cattail Silk, spun and dyed in Japan. Now in 13 gorgeous new colors, we used Kingfisher Blue, a starry-skied beauty, but with colors like juicy Purple Sumac and plucky Greenfinch Yellow, not an easy choice!

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho

Construction is nothing but a stockinette square that you fold along the diagonal into a classic bandana triangle. You only need one skein of yarn for the smallest size (shown here), or two for the two larger sizes. Simple, jaunty, and totally lovely!

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho


JUNE 2022

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho

In our beautiful Picnic Cotton, our Knit + Fold Bandanas are cool and lightweight with a gently marled texture. Choose from a palette inspired by the sweetness and fun of summer, and cast on for this warm-weather knit!

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

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Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho
  • 1 (2, 2) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Cattail Silk, 100% silk. Each skein is 618 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 618 (789, 973) yards required. We used Kingfisher Blue.
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular needles


24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished Dimensions: 24 x 24 (27 x 27, 30 x 30) inches, with a hypotenuse of approximately 34 (38¼, 42½) inches

SAMPLE: We knit the smallest size.


Cast on 144 (162, 180) stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 2 (right side): Knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 24 (27, 30) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in ends and block as desired.

Knit + Fold Bandana | Purl Soho