Silk may have a rap for being swanky, shiny, and normally confined to cocktail parties and wedding wear, but we challenge that reputation! Our Little Ladders Scarf in our wonderfully earthy Cattail Silk is ready to go boldly where no silk scarf has gone before… wherever you do!

Little Ladders Scarf | Purl Soho

Hard-working, but by no means hard work, this pattern is scarcely more than a simple stockinette stitch. All you’ll do is purl one row, then knit 1, slip 1 across the next. The rows stack up into a fantastic flat waffle texture that looks like columns of little ladders all lined up!

Little Ladders Scarf | Purl Soho

Our universally-loved Cattail Silk is 100% silk, crisp, cool, and absolutely beautiful. You’ll only need two skeins, but you’ll have to pick a color…Not so easy since we added 13 new beauties to the palette. Pick the one that’ll make you happy inside, outside, on land or sea, at work and play!

Little Ladders Scarf | Purl Soho

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

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Little Ladders Scarf | Purl Soho
  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cattail Silk, 100% silk. Each skein is 618 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 1,075 yards required. We used Pale Wisteria.
  • US 3 (3.25 mm) straight or circular needles


30 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern


Finished Dimensions: 12 inches wide x 70 inches long


Slip Stitches

Slip all slip stitch purlwise with yarn in front.

Stitch Multiple

This stitch pattern works over an odd multiple of stitches.


Cast on 91 stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): *K1, slip 1 (see NOTES), repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 70 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 1.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in all ends and block as desired.

Little Ladders Scarf | Purl Soho