Garter Gaiter

We all know about late night holiday knitting and 42-inch scarves, stopped short to finish in time for giving! That's why every year we come up with the perfect quick knit, one that takes less than an afternoon to make but that you can give with pride.

This Garter Gaiter is perhaps our best inspiration so far! Knit out of Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino, it is delectably cozy and totally gorgeous, but even more to the point, it is a generous chunky weight that knits up here at a speedy 2 1/2 stitches to the inch!

Our Garter Gaiter features a beautiful play of color and a striking woven texture, all of which is really just the simple trick of single round stripes of garter stitch. We love it in crisp and festive candy cane colors, but can happily imagine any of our Super Soft Merino brights paired up with Heirloom White. Or for a dark and mysterious version, we love the idea of an interplay between Timeless Navy and Soft Black!

Lots of people left on your list? Check out more of our very quick, but very special, knitted gifts: our Bandana Cowl, Eleventh Hour Scarf, Fun Kid's Hat, Hats for Everyone, and Infant Mittens. A little something for everyone!



2 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch


24 inches in circumference by 12 inches tall


With color A, cast on 60 stitches.

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

Round 1: With color A, knit.

Round 2: With color B, purl.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until the piece measures 11 3/4-inches from the cast on edge.

Repeat Round 1.

With color A, bind off knit-wise.

Weave in your ends, and ta da, you've finished the Garter Gaiter!

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53 Responses to Garter Gaiter

  1. Sylvie says:

    My 5 years old girl wants to have the same…
    How many stitches and row do you suggest?

  2. purl bee says:

    Hi Sylvie-

    We would suggest that you use a measuring tape to figure out how big around you'd like the gaiter to be and then multiply that number by 2.5, which is how many stitches you will be getting per inch. As an example, let's say you want it to have a 20-inch circumference. 20 X 2.5 (stitches per inch)= 30 stitches to cast on.

    Good luck with it and thanks for your question!


  3. Jana says:

    Can someone help me figure out why I lose my join on the first purl round? I cast on, join, knit one round, begin to purl, get all the way around and find my join was never made? What am I missing?

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