The delicate lace design of our Fern Frost Wrap has the exquisite beauty of patterns on an icy pane of glass.

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

The good news is that all you need to create this stunning detail are some yarn-overs, some simple decreases, and an intuitive eight-line repeat. Both charted and written out, the pattern is easy to follow and a joy to knit!

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

We put our new laceweight Spindle to excellent use here. A mix of 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% mulberry silk, Spindle does a wonderful job of conjuring nature with its down-to-earth heartiness but also evokes elegance with its light, soft touch and single-ply simplicity.

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

Made in County Donegal, Spindle embodies that region’s long fiber-making history. Reminiscent of the fine strands spun by hand for centuries in local cottages, Spindle’s rustic texture includes small bits (or “burrs”) of fiber that offer rich variation.

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

It’s available in seventeen beautiful colors, each recalling the yarn’s origin, from the green hills of Ireland to the bright flowers in the meadow, from the woodpile outside the cottage to the embers of the hearth within. Whatever color you decide, you’ll need just one skein for a scarf or three for the wider wrap version we knit up here.

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

We are so happy to welcome Spindle into our yarn family. A cousin of our worsted-weight Hedgerow, Spindle’s laceweight beauty is a quiet roar. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Gaby Bush.

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Materials

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho
  • 1 (3) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Spindle, 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, and 10% mulberry silk. Each skein is approximately 625 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 625 (1405) total yards required. We used the color Woodpile Gray.
  • US 2 (3 mm), straight or 24-inch circular needles

NOTE: If you’re knitting the Scarf size, you will use nearly every last bit of your skein. To avoid running short, we recommend re-using your swatch yarn and being sparing with your tails!

GAUGE

37 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

SIZES

Scarf (Wrap)

  • Finished Dimensions: approximately 8¾ (19¼) inches wide x 76 inches long

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern works over a multiple of 32 + 17 stitches.

SLIP STITCHES

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

PATTERN

Cast on 81 (177) stitches using a basic Long-Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): P16, *k1, p15, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Now follow either the Written or Chart Instructions, both below.

WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), *k1, [knit 2 together (k2tog)] 2 times, [yarn over (yo), k1] 3 times, yo, [slip slip knit (ssk)] 2 times, k3, p1, k3, [k2tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k1, p1, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k1, [k2tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k4.

Row 2 (wrong side) and all following wrong side rows: Slip 1 with yarn in front, p15, *k1, p15, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Row 3: Slip 1 wyib, *[k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k2, p1, k2, [k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, p1, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, [k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k3.

Row 5: Slip 1 wyib, *k3, [k2tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k1, p1, k1, [k2tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k3, p1, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k3, [k2tog] 2 times, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k2.

Row 7: Slip 1 wyib, *k2, [k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, p1, [k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k2, p1, repeat from * to last 16 stitches, k2, [k2tog] 2 times, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, [ssk] 2 times, k1.

Repeat Rows 1–8 until piece measures approximately 76 inches from cast-on edge or to desired length, ending with Row 8.

CHART INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: New to reading charts? Unravel the mysteries with our Reading A Chart Tutorial!

Starting in the bottom right corner of the Chart below, work right-side (odd number) rows from right to left and wrong-side (even number) rows from left to right.

Repeat Rows 1–8 until piece measures approximately 76 inches from cast-on edge or to desired length, ending with Row 8.

KEY

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

CHART

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho

NOTE: Want to see it bigger? Download this chart (and key) as a PDF!

FINISHING

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise. Weave in all ends and block to finished dimensions.

Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho
Fern Frost Wrap | Purl Soho