With its effortless grace, our Simplicity Scarf is the perfect introduction to our newest yarn! Ninety-five percent recycled cashmere, our new Echo Cashmere combines a timeless elegance with an inspiring story of renewal and the beauty of second chances.

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

This gorgeous swath of stockinette makes use of the natural curl in the fabric to show off the beauty of both the knit and purl sides, creating a scarf that frames your face with edges that curve and flow into one another as you wrap it… Stunning!

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

Soft and elegant, cashmere’s characteristic drape lends a supple fluidity to the fabric, and its amazing lightness means the scarf won’t weigh you down.

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

Located in Italy, the mill that makes Echo Cashmere collects fiber from the production process of both cashmere sweaters and cashmere yarn and combines it with cashmere from recycled sweaters. They sort by color and then begin the work of turning it back into cashmere yarn. They spin the fibers into three delicate plies and twist them together into this fingering weight yarn… A beautiful new beginning for exquisite fiber that deserves a second life!

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

Very soft (it’s cashmere, after all!), the final yarn also gains strength and body from the 5% other fibers in the yarn. These other fibers are mostly wool, and sometimes a little nylon, depending on the sweaters whose fibers were recycled. This tad bit of non-cashmere inevitably gets mixed into the process, but it’s nice to know that nothing is going to waste!

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

The collection includes a palette of twelve colors, gently heathered hues with an earthy beauty. From the understated elegance of Flour Sack to the striking impact of Orange Pekoe (below, right then left), each color has an alluring depth that reflects the history of these recycled fibers.

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

With the small and large sizes needing only one or two balls of Echo Cashmere, this lovely scarf is an affordable way to cast on with cashmere and enjoy the wonderful experience of knitting with one of the world’s softest fibers!

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work! 

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Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho
  • 1 (2) ball(s) of Purl Soho’s Echo Cashmere, 95% recycled cashmere and 5% other fibers. Each ball is 236 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 230 (405) total yards required. We used the colors Orange Pekoe and Flour Sack.
  • US 3 (3.25 mm), 40-inch or longer circular needles


25 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Small (Large)

Finished Dimensions: 4½ x 45 (6 x 60) inches

Samples: The Orange Pekoe scarf is the Small size, and the Flour Sack scarf is the Large size.


NOTE: You will knit this scarf lengthwise, casting on for the long edge.

Cast on 280 (375) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 1 (right side): K1, slip slip knit, knit to last 2 stitches, make 1 left, k2.

Row 2 (wrong side): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4½ (6) inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 2.

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.


Weave in the ends and gently wet block.

Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho
Simplicity Scarf | Purl Soho