Our new bundle of Linen Quill Minis is a glorious confluence of natural fibers, gorgeous colors, and all the creativity and beauty they inspire. Forty 25-gram balls of Linen Quill, each bundle of Minis is an invitation to the most vibrant places in your imagination, and our free and simple Joy of Color Scarf pattern takes you there!

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

You knit the Joy Of Color Scarf holding two different colors together, swapping out one at a time to create smooth transitions and a spectacular array of complex colors.

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

The pattern itself could not be any simpler, just casting on and knitting in the round. The true joy is in watching as each marled color melds into the next one, from a golden pink to a bronzes lime to a verdant orange and on and on!

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

And as always, you will love the experience of knitting Linen Quill’s wonderful mix of 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each strand of this yarn has a richness that comes from the three fibers contributing in their own way to its character.

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

The wool adds bounce and durability and vibrant color, the alpaca softness and luster, and the linen, with its lighter fibers that tend to sprout from the yarn, adds an abundance of natural charm and beauty! 

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

Our Linen Quill Minis make a spectacular gift for any crafter, or cast on for your own Joy Of Color Scarf and be transported to a breathtaking world of color!

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho founder and co-owner, Joelle Hoverson

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


Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
  • 1 Linen Quill Minis bundle, 50% highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen. Each bundle is a total of 4,360 yards/ 1000 grams; approximately 1,600 (2,210) total yards required.
  • US 7 (4.5 mm), 12- or 16-inch circular needles, or long circulars for Magic Loop
  • A stitch marker

NOTE: You can make 2 Small scarves with this bundle, or one Large!


19 stitches and 24 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with yarn doubled


Small (Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 14 (20) inches
  • Finished Length (unrolled): 79¼ inches long
  • Finished Length (rolled): 77¼ inches long

Sample: We knit the Large size.



With 40 colors of Linen Quill in this bundle, you have to keep organized! We recommend sorting your colors into bags of similar shades (reds, blues, greens, yellows, etc) to make them easier to find. If you lose any labels, be sure to consult the Color Guide included with your bundle!


To avoid weaving in a whole lot of ends when you’re finished knitting, follow these instructions for weaving in tails as you go. Note that you will always be knitting with two different color yarns, and every time you change colors, you will cut one yarn, then add a new yarn to the remaining yarn, creating a new color combo. Here’s how we recommend taking care of all those tails…

Join the new color, leaving a 1½ to 2-inch tail on the purl side of the work. Knit the first 4 stitches of the round holding both the new and old colors together (i.e. three strands of yarn). Cut the old color, leaving a 1½ to 2-inch tail on the purl side of the work, and continue on with just the two strands of the new color combo.

Don’t worry, all those little tails you’re leaving will stay secure and will be hidden on the inside of your scarf! (Or, feel free to change colors as you normally would, just be prepared for many tails to weave in!)


NOTE: Throughout this pattern you will hold two colors of yarn as you work. We have named each color combination Color 1–39; see Color Order, below, for the full list of color combinations.

With Color 1 (see Color Order, below), cast on 67 (95) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit 16 rounds, or until piece measures approximately 2¾ inches from cast-on edge, unrolled.

*Color Change Round: With Color 2 and weaving in tails as you go (see Notes), knit to end of round.

Knit 11 more rounds, or until Color 2 section measures 2 inches.

Repeat from * with Colors 3–39, working 16 total rounds of Color 39 (instead of 12). [Piece measures approximately 79 inches from cast-on edge, unrolled]

Bind-Off Round: With Color 39, bind off loosely knitwise.

Cut yarns and weave in remaining cast-on and bind-off tails.

Gently wet block, allowing edges to roll up.


Color 1: Pale Oats + Wheat Flour

Color 2: Wheat Flour + Peony Pink

Color 3: Peony Pink + Pale Celery

Color 4: Pale Celery + Bird’s Egg Blue

Color 5: Bird’s Egg Blue + Reed Gray

Color 6: Reed Gray + Pale Mushroom

Color 7: Pale Mushroom + Buttercup Yellow

Color 8: Buttercup Yellow + Lavender Opal

Color 9: Lavender Opal + Golden Wheat

Color 10: Golden Wheat + Lemon Lime

Color 11: Lemon Lime + Peachy Pink

Color 12: Peachy Pink + Baked Earth

Color 13: Baked Earth + Pink Flamingo

Color 14: Pink Flamingo + Eggshell Blue

Color 15: Eggshell Blue + Pink Pop

Color 16: Pink Pop + Butterscotch Yellow

Color 17: Butterscotch Yellow + Golden Green

Color 18: Golden Green + Super Orange

Color 19: Super Orange + Stonewall Gray

Color 20: Stonewall Gray + Turmeric Yellow

Color 21: Turmeric Yellow + Lychee Pink

Color 22: Lychee Pink + Crocus Bud

Color 23: Crocus Bud + Magnolia Blossom

Color 24: Magnolia Blossom + Raw Sienna

Color 25: Raw Sienna + Red Poppy

Color 26: Red Poppy + Grasshopper Green

Color 27: Grasshopper Green + Fresh Nutmeg

Color 28: Fresh Nutmeg + Kiln Red

Color 29: Kiln Red + Clover Green

Color 30: Clover Green + Fresh Pickle

Color 31: Fresh Pickle + Cobalt Blue

Color 32: Cobalt Blue + True Turquoise

Color 33: True Turquoise + Blue Blue

Color 34: Blue Blue + Purple Clematis

Color 35: Purple Clematis + Pine Cone

Color 36: Pine Cone + Chestnut Red

Color 37: Chestnut Red + Blue Pansy

Color 38: Blue Pansy + Stillwater Blue

Color 39: Stillwater Blue + Kettle Black

Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho
Joy of Color Scarf | Purl Soho