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New! Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf 

Like peanut butter and chocolate, like Fred and Ginger, some things are meant to be together. That's why we've introduced our favorite new yarn, Purl Soho's Worsted Twist, to our favorite old pattern, the Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap!

From sensational pink through a soft world of neutrals into the land of mysterious blues, this extra-wide scarf journeys through a rainbow of Worsted Twist. We love the surprises, the poetry and the beauty. And in one hundred percent of the softest-ever merino wool, we love the feeling too!

To pick up all nine skeins of Worsted Twist, just click here. And since this version has a slightly different gauge than the original, read on for the Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Wrap pattern. Then wrap yourself in a gorgeous cocoon of color!


The Materials

Get all the yarn you need with our Yarn for Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf kit. It includes...

  • 9 skeins of Purl Soho's Worsted Twist, 100% merino wool. From the top, these colors are Timeless Navy, Peacock Blue, Desert Blue, Ice Blue, Oyster Gray, Sea Salt, Heirloom White, Ballet Pink and Super Pink.

You'll also need...


The Pattern


4 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in seed stitch

Finished Size

Approximately 22 inches wide x 80 inches long

Pattern Notes

The color order is pictured and listed above in The Materials section.


With the first color, cast on 99 stitches.

Row 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Row 1 for each row until end of skein.

Change to the second color at the beginning of the next row and repeat Row 1 until end of skein.

Repeat with each color, making sure to always change colors on the same side.

When you are nearly finished with the ninth skein, bind off in pattern.

Weave in the ends and you're finished!

Reader Comments (50)


Earlier today the post "Whit's Knits: Crocheted Rib Cowl" came through my reader, but when I open it nothing is there, and the link is broken. Where could I find this particular post? I'm anxious to see more crochet projects! Sorry to comment here, but I wasn't sure where to contact you concerning this.

Thanks so much!
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne
Love it. It's gorgeous and fab looking yarn! Xo
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannapat
This is super cute!!!! Love these colors!
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKitska
you always make me happy! Thanks for another great pattern! You inspire me!
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGG
Hi Adrienne-

That happened to me as well! It was a mistake on our part. Whitney's cowl is coming soon but it's not quite ready to post yet, so stay tuned!

Thanks for getting in touch!

September 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
It's bee-ootiful, I want to start knitting it this minute, because autumn is just sneaking up on us now.
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane from UK
I am a fan of your site and all your great patterns, and live in the
UK Do you know where in the UK I can buy your yardns?


September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay
Hi Kay-

Thank you so much! Our Purl Soho yarns are exclusive to our store and website but we do ship internationally all the time!

Thanks for your question!

September 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I LOVE the way this wrap looks in worsted yarn! How do you think this would work with Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton?
September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie-

It would work gauge and colorwise but it would be very heavy since cotton is heavier than wool. It would work as a very soft and beautiful blanket though.

Thanks for getting in touch!

September 10, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love the dimensions of the scarf and the yarns selected. Just one question. If I want to slip the first stitch of each row, do I then start with the second stitch of each row as a purl?
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Hi Michelle-

Yes, that would work.

Thanks for your question!

September 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love the scarf colors but if I wanted to use 5 skeins instead of 9.. How long would the scarf be??
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
Hi Kathleen-

You will get 8.88 inches per skein so you'd get 44.4-inches from 5 skeins.

Thanks for getting in touch!

October 7, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love everything about this.
October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
How many yards are in each one of these skeins?
October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
This is my very favorite website. My question is, could I make this scarf using your line weight instead of the worsted twist. I thought that the lighter weight would make for a scarf to wear indoors. What do you think?
November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMyrnalynn
Hi Myenalynn-

That's a great idea! The line weight is substantially thinner however, so you'll have to do a gauge swatch to figure how many stitches you're getting per inch in pattern to determine how many to cast on.

Please let us know if you need any more help, and good luck with the project!

November 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is it possible to modify the pattern to turn this into an infinity scarf? How does one go about that?

PS this scarf is gorgeous!
November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
Hi Stephanie.
I am so glad you like the scarf. There are a couple ways you turn it into an infinity cowl:
1. Cast on with a Provisional Cast on and then knit the pattern as described above and then use Kitchener to graft the last row of stitches to the first row of stitches.
Provisional CO:
Kitchener (video):
Kitchener (photo tutorial):

2. You could cast on an even number of stitches that would be a good circumference for an infinity scarf (like 60 inches worth) and then work seed stitch in the round.
Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end.
Round 2: *P1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2.
If you did option 2, your would stripes would go lengthwise rather than widthwise, but you wouldn't have to seam anything at the end.

Please let us know if you have any other questions!
November 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly, one more question. Since the line weight does not carry the Sea Salt Colour, what colour would you recommend I add in order to make up 9 skeins. Or what colour combination would you use. I'm terrible when it comes to that sort of thing and rely on other people's talents to help me. Thanks so much for your reply earlier. I purchased the yarn in the worsted and now would like to try it in the line weight. Love my scarf.
December 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMyrnalynn
Hi Myrnalynn-

Instead of "Sea Salt" I would use "Steel Blue" and place it between "Peacock Blue" and "Desert Blue".

Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck with your project!

December 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

If I wanted to push this from 22 to 24 inches wide I know I should cast on 9 more stitches. How much would this shorten the length? I think 80 inches is just too long for me (c:

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
Hello Sandy.
For some quick math, if we work under the assumption that stitches are square (which they are not; typically there are more rows per inch than stitches per inch), we can find a very rough estimation...

22 inches wide x 80 inches long = 1760 sq inches
1760 square inches / 24 inches wide = 73 1/2 inches long

Again, this is an approximation. The length can vary depending on your row gauge.
December 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello Molly,

Do you think it could be possible to crochet this lovely scarf instead of knitting it? And what crochet stitch can I use that resembles the seed stitch?

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTruus
Hi Truus,

Sure! (Keep in mind that crochet generally requires about a third more yarn than knitting.)

For a stitch pattern, you might want to try the same one I used here for our Classic Crocheted Vest: It's quite similar to seed stitch I think!

Thanks so much for asking and good luck with it!

December 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is it possible to get this scarf in another color combination?
December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarion
Hi Marion-

Sure, you can pick out your own palette of colors. Any 9 skeins of our Worsted Twist yarn will work!

Or, if you'd like our help picking out colors, please let us know what kind of color palette you have in mind!

Thank you!

December 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was wondering if you could post pictures, or comment on how you wrapped the scarf so artfully.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC
This kit arrives tomorrow and I can't WAIT. Thanks for the beautiful pallet!

December 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I'm having a terrible time finding a scarf that I like and had this idea that maybe I could make one. I've never knit or crocheted anything. This scarf looks gender neutral and I like the look of the seed stitch. Would this be impossible for a total noob? How many hours would be topical for this kind of project?
January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNate
Hi Nate,

No, not "impossible", but not your typical first project either. Usually people start with a project that is all knit stitches (which makes a garter stitch pattern), but this pattern alternates between knits and purls which is a bit more complicated. If you're generally quite crafty, good at following directions, and like a challenge, then I would say, go for it. I would guess that it would take you quite a long time... maybe 30 hours?

If you'd like to start with something a bit more basic, try our Learn To Knit kit that explains everything you'd need to know to make this scarf, including switching between knits and purls:

Thanks for your question. Let us know what you decide and good luck!

January 8, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love it. Your pattern are very great .thank u
January 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfariba
If you k1,p1, k the last stitch and do all rows same on odd number of stitches don't you end with a rib instead of a seed?
January 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane
Hi Diane-

If you were working on an even number of stitches you would get a rib, but here you are working on an odd number of stitches so you get seed stitch.

Thank you for your question!

January 9, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is such a beautiful scarf! I am looking forward to receiving my kit!
January 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMM
Love the pattern! I'm working on my third skein with your pattern here, and so far I love the seed stitch, so pretty! I'm using acrylic worsted weight yarn, which works just fine. Thanks again for this idea/pattern!
January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I love this pattern, and some time ago planned on making a similar wrap. However I have bought Manos del Uruguay silk blend, and having cast on the 109 stitches, the wrap is only measuring out about 17 inches. I have been calculating it, and think (from my knitting) that i need about 9 stitches per inch, making it about 165 stitches to cast on. I have only 7 skeins (which is what the original pattern required), approximately what length will this end up? And should I think about getting two complimentary skeins to start with to increase the final length of the wrap? Thanks for your help
June 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristine
Hi Kristine,

Hmmm... If you cast on 109 stitches and your wrap is 17 inches wide, then you're actually getting more like 6 1/2 stitches to the inch (109 divided by 17). However, if you're measuring the width of your wrap after having only worked a few inches, then none of this is accurate because, strangely, the beginning of a scarf is much wider than it ends up being.

If you are, in fact, getting 9 stitches to the inch and you cast on 165 stitches, you'll have an 18-inch wide wrap. If you'd rather it be the pattern's 22 inches, then you should cast on 197 stitches.

But, really, I'd recommend casting on 25 stitches and making a seed stitch gauge swatch. Measure the number of stitches you get per inch and multiply that number by the width you'd like your wrap to be. And make sure you cast on an odd number of stitches.

And, finally, yes, if your gauge is smaller than the pattern's gauge, you will need two (or maybe three) extra skeins of yarn.

It may all sound more complicated than it is; please let us know if you need any help along the way. It's going to be beautiful!

June 6, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I saw your response about using line weight instead of the worsted twist. Since the line weight skeins have more yards, would the scarf be longer or would the increase in stitches per inch make up for that? I live in Southern California and the lighter wool would be more wearable.
June 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDyan
Hi Dyan-

It would probably be longer if you used the entire skein of each color, so instead I would recommend just knitting each color for 8.75 inches before starting a new color.

Thanks for getting in touch!

June 16, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I was just wondering, if I wanted to decrease the thickness of the scarf, by how many stitches would I have to decrease it.

Ps: I love your store and your blog.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaola.
Hi Paola-

You should be getting 4 1/2 stitches per inch in this pattern so just multiply that by the desired width and round to the nearest odd number to get your cast on number. For instance, if you'd like to make a 15-inch wide scarf, 4.5 (stitches per inch) X 15= 67.5, round down to 67 and you have your cast on!

Thanks for your kind words about our site and store and good luck with this project!

June 24, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished the worsted twist seed stitch cowl and want to block it using blocking wires. Would this be ok?
June 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
HI Maureen,

I've never honestly used blocking wires (I always just soak, squeeze and lay flat to dry), but I can't think of any reason they'd be a problem in this case!

Congratulations on finishing your wrap and thanks for your question!

July 2, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Ok, thank you!
July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
Dear Molly - I am a real beginner! I have started this scarf with your kit - and it is beautiful! I started with the shocking pink, and have just knitted on the next shade of pink. My concern is that you can see slightly where the two colours 'mix,' - not terribly, but it is definitely seen. Is this normal, or have i done something wrong? I added the lighter pink onto the side where the brighter pink had ended. - Jennifer
July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hi Jennifer-

You didn't do anything wrong- this is completely normal! If you look very closely at our photos of the scarf you might be able to make out the same transition line between colors in our version. It's just an innate quality of this particular stitch when you are switching colors.

Thanks for getting in touch and good luck with the rest of your project!


July 11, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you so much, Molly. That's a relief! I have quite a way to go on this project yet - but do you have a recommendation on my next project, which would still be 'beginner' but perhaps add to my repertoire in terms of skills? ;-)

I love your site, and the various projects.
July 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hi Again Jennifer-

What a fun question!

I'd recommend our Basic Hats for Everyone. They are a great project if you'd like to learn to knit in the round!:

Or if this doesn't appeal, sll of our beginner projects can be found here:

Thank you!

July 11, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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