Our Chiaroscuro Wrap ambles through the value scale, confirming what we knew all along, that without shadow, there is no light!

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

In simple seed stitch flowing from color to color, our Chiaroscuro Wrap is as if a light has cast its long shadow across a winter wood… Absolutely gorgeous!

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

This drift through nature’s subtleties? It is the work of our newest yarn, Cygnet. An exquisite blend of 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% natural-color baby alpaca, Cygnet’s four delicate shades span a range of soft gray-browns, like a little bevy of baby swans!

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho
Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

Knitting up at a fingering weight, Cygnet is nice and light but also as toasty as can be with its one-two cashmere-alpaca punch! We love the warmth, the softness, and the drape, but most of all, we love the natural beauty.

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

Special for this holiday season, our Chiaroscuro Wrap Gift Bundle includes enough Cygnet for either the scarf or wrap version of this pattern, plus a postcard with a link to this page and a Purl Soho tote… For all the knitters in your life who appreciate a trip from the shadows into the light!

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

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

Update: Five-Shade Chiaroscuro Wrap

September 22, 2021

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho

We’ve updated our original Four-Shade Chiaroscuro Wrap to include the newest addition to the undyed beauty of our Cygnet, a mix of 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% natural-color alpaca. We love how Rock Salt adds to the beauty of this Wrap. To see the newest addition to these stunning Wraps, click here!


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Our Chiaroscuro Wrap Gift Bundle includes…

  • 4 (8) skeins of Purl Soho’s Cygnet, 70% undyed white cashmere and 30% undyed alpaca. Each skein is 164 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 164 (328) yards required per color.
    • Color A: 1 (2) skein(s) of Heirloom White
    • Color B: 1 (2) skein(s) of Silver Stone
    • Color C: 1 (2) skein(s) of Weathered Gray
    • Color D: 1 (2) skein(s) of Ash Bark
  • A postcard with a link to this free pattern
  • A Purl Soho canvas tote bag

You’ll also need…

  • US 2 (3 mm) straight or 24-inch circular needles


30 stitches and 51 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch


Scarf (Wrap)

Finished Dimensions: 7 (14) inches wide x 69 inches long

Sample: The piece shown here is the Wrap size.


This pattern works over any odd number of stitches.


With Color A, cast on 53 (105) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Row 1 until you have used as much of Color A as you can, ending at the end of a row and approximately 17 inches from cast-on edge.

Switch to Color B and repeat Row 1 until you have used as much of Color B as you can, ending on the same side you ended Color A.

Repeat with Colors C and D, making sure to always switch colors on the same side. For Color D, end with a couple yards left over for binding off.

Bind-Off Row: K1, *p1, pass first stitch over, k1, pass first stitch over, repeat from * to end of row.

Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.

Weave in the ends and gently wet block.

Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho
Chiaroscuro Wrap | Purl Soho