We love delicate knits with intricate designs, but sometimes we want to fling ourselves into something chunky and fast. Our exuberantly colored Lovebird provides the interest and beauty, while our Brindle Scarf brings super-duper-simple colorwork knitting. Hooray!

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

Colorwork is always engaging but sometimes slow and complicated… Not so with the Brindle Scarf!

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

This pattern is a no-sweat 4-row repeat that alternates slip-stitch rows with lines of straight knitting and purling.

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

The perfect festival of color for this knit? Our lovely Lovebird, a 100% superwash merino, developed in partnership with Manos Del Uruguay. We pair it here with our dreamy Super Soft Merino, which is a squishy single ply of 100%… You guessed it, merino!

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

Both yarns are plump and buttery soft, and each one gets a chance to star in the show with one side of the pattern showcasing Lovebird and the other side Super Soft Merino.

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

Our Brindle Scarf Bundles include three skeins of Super Soft Merino and two skeins of Lovebird, a lot to love and tons of palettes to choose from. So, plump up your yarn and pump up the beauty, and cast on for a happy, chunky knit!

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

Originally 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, #PurlSohoBrindleScarf, #PurlSohoLovebird and #PurlSohoSuperSoftMerino. We can’t wait to see what you make!


Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho

Our Brindle Scarf Bundle includes…

  • Yarn A: 3 skeins of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 87 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 240 yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • Yarn B: 2 skeins of Purl Soho + Manos del Uruguay’s Lovebird, 100% superwash merino wool. Each skein is approximately 75-85 yards/ 100-110 grams; approximately 118 yards required. We used the color Caprese.

NOTE: Because this yarn is hand spun in small batches, yardages may vary between skeins. You will probably get away with the recommended skein counts, but buying an extra skein would assure you definitely have enough yarn. If you don’t end up needing it, you can return unwound yarn for a refund within 30 days of purchase, or within 6 months, for store credit. Our Return Policy has all the details!

You’ll also need…

  • US 13 (9 mm), 24-inch circular needles (Note that you will be working flat but that circular needles are required in order to “turn and slide” work.)

Choose from sixteen bundles (NOTE: some palettes are no longer available)…

Top Row: Heirloom White + Point Break; Ballet Pink + Candy Shop; Super Pink + Heirloom White; Bougainvillea Pink + Agate

Second Row: Heirloom White + Caprese (we used this one for our sample); Golden Green + Papaya; Peachy Pink + Firecracker; Super Orange + Strawberry Shortcake

Third Row: Oyster Gray + Meadow; Clover Green + Inchworm; Fresh Pickle + Geranium; Reef Green + Hibiscus

Bottom Row: Crocus Bud + Thistle; Gray Denim + Paper and Ink; Cobalt Blue + Rivulet; Toasted Charcoal + Licorice


12 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 70 inches long



Slip all stitches purlwise unless otherwise indicated.


Each row in this pattern ends with the instructions to either “turn” or “slide” the work:

To “turn the work” means to do what you would normally do when knitting rows with a circular needle. That is to say, put the needle that is in your left hand into your right and the needle that is in your right hand into your left, then flip the work around so the opposite side is facing you.

To “slide the work” means to keep the same side of the work facing you and to push all the stitches to the right end of the circular needles. Without turning the work, start the new row as you normally would.

You will know that you’re doing this right if the yarn you need to complete the next row is magically there waiting for you!


With Yarn A, cast on 25 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes) with yarn in front (wyif), then with Yarn A, knit to end of row, turn work (see Notes).

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyif, then with Yarn B, *k1, slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k1, slip 1 wyif, slide work (see Notes).

Row 3 (right side): Slip 1 wyif, then with Yarn A, purl to last stitch, k1, turn work.

Row 4 (wrong side): Slip 1 wyib, then with Yarn B, *slip 1 wyif, p1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 wyif, slip 1 wyib, slide work.

Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 70 inches from cast-on edge or to desired length.

Cut Yarn B.

Repeat Row 1.

Bind Off (right side): With Yarn A, loosely bind off in knit stitch.

Weave in the ends and gently block.

Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho
Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho
Brindle Scarf In New Colors | Purl Soho