Trellis Scarf

There’s a mysterious promise in a bare trellis. What life has grown there before? What will grow there again? When will this bleak structure be transformed into a thriving plane of living color?

No matter how patiently I wait or how carefully I watch, this transformation comes so suddenly to me. There is always that one stunning day when a trellis is awakened by  opening buds, climbing vines and unfolding leaves, and you know that spring is here.

I made this Trellis Scarf with the hope of spring in mind… sun and flowers, cardigans and flats, levity and high spirits. I knit my scarf in the nearly weightless, astoundingly soft Zageo 6-Ply Cashmere by Jade Sapphire, and I adapted the stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s book A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She calls hers the Quilted Lattice Stitch. It’s a stitch with as much mystery as a naked trellis, appearing at first glance as though strands have been painstakingly woven into a finished knit piece. In fact, you create this beautiful quilted effect as you knit, and even more surprisingly, it’s super easy!

Just like that day when a quiet trellis springs into life, I bound off my stitches, admired my scarf’s light-catching beauty and wondered how on earth it happened so fast. Happy spring! -Laura



24 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Finished Dimensions: 8 inches wide by 63 inches long


Slip all slipped stitches purlwise. Slip with yarn in front unless indicated otherwise.

To adjust the finished width of this pattern, be sure to cast on a multiple of 6 + 1.

k1 uls [knit 1 under loose strand]: to k1 uls...

...insert right needle under loose strand and then into next stitch knitwise, from front to back. Knit stitch normally...

...then bring new stitch out from under the strand.


Cast on 49 stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 (see NOTES section above), p1, k1, purl to last 3 stitches, k1, p2.

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 wyib (with yarn in back), k1, p1, * k1, slip 5, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, p1, k2.

Row 3 and all remaining wrong side rows: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: Slip 1 wyib, k1, p1, * k3, k1 under loose strand (k1 uls; see NOTES section above), k2, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k1, p1, k2.

Row 6: Slip 1 wyib, k1, p1, slip 3, * k1, slip 5, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, k1, slip 3, p1, k2.

Row 8: Slip 1 wyib, k1, p1, * k1 uls, k5, repeat from * to last 4, k1 uls, p1, k2.

Repeat Rows 1 – 8 until piece measures approximately 62 inches or until just shy of desired finished length.

Repeat Row 1.

Bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and block as desired.

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32 Responses to Trellis Scarf

  1. Annemarie says:

    Very, very pretty. I feel totally inspired. Thanks for sharing that and enjoy wearing your scarf!

  2. Patrecia says:

    Oh my gosh! It looks so soft! how long did you spend to finish this?

  3. Wow, what a truly stunning scarf!

  4. Ewelina says:

    Dear Laura,
    I've just finished knitting a light spring scarf for a friend but now that I have seen this post I will soon begin knitting another one (this time for me). The trellis pattern is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it!

  5. Sigrun says:

    Such a beautiful scarf!
    I love the chosen stitch pattern, it looks elegant and lace-like in an almost minimalistic way.

  6. Barbara J. says:

    I love your patterns and this one looks especially lovely. Am thinking this scarf will be for me!

  7. purl bee says:

    Hello Patricia.
    I finished this scarf in about 5 days I believe. It went up very quickly. It went so quickly in fact that I was temped to add another skein, but then decided this length was perfect for the spring.

  8. Danielle says:

    Hi Laura. this pattern is beautiful. is there a different yarn that you could use that would give it the same look/texture but that could possibly be a little less expensive?


  9. Gauss says:

    The texture is gorgeous! I bet this would also look lovely in a hand-dyed yarn with subtle variations. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Laura says:

    Hi Laura – this is beautiful! I'm exiting knitting season and entering gardening season, but I'll be sure to remember this at the end of the summer when I'm tired of the heat. :). Would it be warm enough for the fall?

  11. AvMeg says:

    Beautiful! :)

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Danielle.
    I'd love to suggest some alternate yarns.
    Blue Sky's Suri Merino would be a wonderful substitution:
    I think that Swan's Island's Worsted would be beautiful. It's a light weight Worsted works up similar to the 6-ply Cashmere.
    Another suggestion would be Anzula's Cricket:
    Or even Anzula's For Better or Worsted (which is a thin-ish worsted weight yarn)
    Maybe take a look at Cascade's 220. It's a very affordable light worsted weight yarn:
    Cascade also has a Superwash Sport 220, this would be closer in gauge to the 6-Ply:

    Here is a link to all of our DK/Light Worsted yarns…
    Hope this helps.

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Laura.
    This scarf is definitely warm. Cashmere always is. The airiness of Jade Sapphire's 6-ply makes up a scarf perfect for the still-chilly New York spring, but it would be wonderful come fall time too. I think If I was making it for the winter, I would have added one more skein so that I could wrap it around my neck once more, but you can always make that decision as you work it up!
    Hope this helps.

  14. Julie says:

    Hi Laura,

    I have some Handmaiden cashmere 4 ply. Do you think this yarn would be able to yield the same results?

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Julie,
    I just looked up Handmaiden Cashmere 4-ply… so beautiful! I think this will render a very similar scarf. Of course, I recommend making a gauge swatch before you begin just to ensure you are getting a gauge you like on the appropriate needles. From the swatch / gauge, you'll see if you'd like to adjust the width (cast on number) of the scarf at all. If you do adjust the width, just be sure to cast on a multiple of 6 + 1.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.

  16. Meredith says:

    Hi Laura,

    Beautiful scarf! I just bought some yarn to start working on it soon.

    Quick question about the pattern. I noticed there is no row 5 mentioned above. Is that just a typo? Or am I missing something? So instead of having 8 rows in the pattern it would be 7 rows. Just want to make sure I'm clear before starting my project. Thank you!

  17. Brooke says:

    This may be a silly question, but I'm having some trouble with row 2. The trellis ends up on the purl side, not the knit side. I know I'm missing something pretty simple, but I can't figure out what it is! Can you help?

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Meredith-

    This issue is explained in row 3 :

    Row 3 and all remaining wrong side rows: Repeat Row 1.

    So that means that for rows 3, 5, and 7 you simply repeat row 1.

    Thanks for your question and good luck with the project.


  19. purl bee says:

    Hi Brooke.
    Not a silly question at all!
    All the slipped stitches should be done so with the yarn in front, unless instructed otherwise. There is a mention of this in the NOTES section, but maybe you overlooked it. This should get the trellis on the right side.
    Please let me know if you have any questions!

  20. jeanie says:

    I am so inspired by this gorgeous scarf-your work is beautiful! I have only started knitting again after over 30 years- i am loving it!

  21. Aisha says:

    Hi Laura..
    Absolutely love your work. I wanted to know if i can use this pattern for a baby blanket? Would this yarn be okay for a baby blanket or should i use some other?

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Aisha.
    Thank you so much!
    This would be amazing as a blanket. Very luxurious! If you do want to substitute the yarn… I would stick with a yarn that has a smooth look (nothing too textured) so to show off the stitch pattern best and also something that has a slight halo or bloom to it.

  23. Katie says:

    For anyone looking to substitute yarns – just FYI, it's best to use a solid color yarn rather than anything with color variations. I've been making blankets with this stitch pattern for years, and every time I use anything other than a solid color, the stitch pattern gets lost.

  24. Barbara Schumy says:

    Thank you for your generosity and the beautifull pattern. I'll try to knit it right now, to share it with my knitting group tomorrow.

  25. Glennis Bird says:

    Can't wait to try this stitch to add into an Afghan blanket made of 12" squares. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Terri says:

    Hi Laura,
    This scarf caught my eye when I saw it and I just started doing it this week but the cast on edge is curling like crazy. I'm using wool that is not exactly the same as yours, it's not as bulky but I think it is the stocking stitch that is causing it. Should I have done some garter stitch rows at the start to prevent this?

  27. purl bee says:

    Hi Terri.
    My scarf had some slight curl to the edges as well while I was knitting it. As you pointed out, this stitch pattern has a base of stockinette stitch and therefore will curl a little bit. The edging as well as the trellis detail should relieve or lessen the curling though. Plus, after blocking the piece, the edges should flatten some as well.

    Adding a few ribs on the inside of the edging should lessen the curing even more. I don't believe the curling is bad enough to require a garter edge. Definitely try it out if you'd like, it will just give the piece a different feel and look.

    Write us back with any other questions you may have!

  28. Silvia says:

    Soy de argentina y me cuesta interpretar el patrn de puntos hay partes que no entiendo cuando se traducen, me mandara algo mejor explicado los puntos.
    Muchas gracias y muy bonito el trabajo.

  29. purl bee says:

    Hi Silvia-

    None of us speak Spanish well enough to translate this pattern. Sorry! Wish we could be of more help!



  30. Justine says:

    I would like to use this pattern on a cowl instead, could you advise me on the adjustment of the pattern.
    Say if I were to use 8ply on a US 5.5 needle? Or a US 10 needle?

    • Laura from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Justine.

      Unfortunately, at the moment, this stitch pattern is only written to be worked flat. We do not have it to offer you for working it in the round.

      You could make it flat, like scarf and then graft the ends together making a cowl.

      Thank you for your interest!

  31. Fatima Dias says:

    I love your patterns and the pictures explaining the unusual stitches.

    Thank you.

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