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Whit's Knits: Sunshine Scarf

I feel a little guilty divulging this information, as if I'm betraying the whole rest of the spectrum, but I have to admit that I have a favorite color... yellow. And not just any yellow, not baby yellow or lemon yellow or mustard yellow, but deep and bright and clear sunshine yellow, the kind of yellow that emits its own light and whistles its own carefree tune. 

When it comes to this kind of yellow, Alchemy is the master, hands down. Alchemy's yellows are saturated and fresh, like pollen-soaked blossoms. Using them to make a scarf in August feels like the perfect way to bring the heat of summer into the upcoming crisp nights of autumn.

While Madeline Tosh's beautiful Tosh Merino Light serves as the soft, neutral ground, Alchemy's Kozmos provides the entertainment, not only with its splash of intense color, but also with its play of texture: a little fuzzy, a bit shiny, and a lot gorgeous!


The Materials

  • 1 skein of Madeline Tosh's Tosh Merino Light, 100% Superwash Merino Wool. This color is "Flour Sack" ("Luster" would be a very similar option...).  (I used almost the entire skein.)
  • 2 skeins of Alchemy's Kozmos, 30% Silk, 26% Mohair, 13% Wool and 31% Cotton. These colors, from the left, are "Canary" and "Michelle's Marigold".  (I used 25 grams of each 45 gram skein.)

The Pattern


6 1/2 stitches = 1 inch of garter stitch in the Tosh Merino Light (before blocking)

Finished Size

84 inches long and 5 inches wide (after blocking)

Pattern Notes


Although you can weave in all the ends when you're finished, I decided it would be much easier to knit the tails into the scarf as I worked. Here's how...

When you're done with a yarn, cut it, leaving a 5 or 6 inch tail. Then knit the first stitch of the new row with the new color. Knit the next inch or two holding together the new yarn and the tail of the last yarn you used. Complete the row with the new color. Finish the next row and when you start the next row, pick up the tail of the new color that you left behind and knit along with it for the first inch or two of the row.

If, on rare occasion, you find yourself with more tails than this method can accomodate, leave a tail or two to weave in at the end.


In the pattern, I call the Tosh Merino Light the "Main Color" or "MC", and I call the Kozmos Canary, "Yellow" or "Y" and the Michelle's Marigold, "Orange" or "O".


With the Main Color, cast on 415 stitches. Be sure not to cast on too tightly; your stitches should easily slide along the needle.

Knit 5 rows.

With Yellow, knit 1 row.

With MC, knit 3 rows.

With Orange, knit 3 rows.

MC: Knit 9 rows.

Y: Knit 3 rows.

MC: Knit 3 rows.

O: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 3 rows.

Y: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 5 rows.

Y: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 9 rows.

O: Knit 3 rows.

MC: Knit 3 rows.

Y: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 1 row.

Y: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 3 rows.

O: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 5 rows.

Y: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 1 row.

O: Knit 1 row.

MC: Knit 3 rows.

With MC, bind off loosely.

Gently block your scarf, and then wrap yourself in a burst of sunshine!

Reader Comments (29)

Is the Madtosh light knit doubled? Or is it knit single with the heavier yarns?
August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam
This scarf is very nice and I love the colors. But living in a tropical area, I HATE the everlasting summer!
August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy
Hi Pam-

None of the yarn is doubled in this pattern. They are all knit single as detailed in the pattern.

Thanks so much for your question!
August 22, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this and love the color. Canary and Micheles Marigold - not an
available choice at Purl Bee.
August 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
Hi Stephanie-

We are indeed sold out of the colors at the moment but if you drop us a line at we'd be happy to email you as soon as we get it back in.

Thanks for your comment!
August 23, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Gosh that's gorgeous. I love reading your blog, it's complete eye candy. You ladies have such a great eye for colour.
August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJolene
Hi - is there another color other than Flour Sack that would work just as well? Flour Sack appears to be discontinued.
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Hi Michelle-

Flour Sack isn't discontinued, it's just sold out at the moment. It should be back in stock in 3-4 weeks. If you'd like us to email you when it comes in please drop us a line at

If you'd like to get started right away the color "Milk" would be a good substitute.

Thanks for the question!
September 15, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Quick question - what is the best method of casting on for this project? I usually use the long tail method, but with 415 stitches it would be tricky to figure out how long a tail I would need...

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
Hi Shannon,

I almost always use a long tail cast on. I measure out roughly four times the length of the finished knitting (so in this case, 84 inches x 4) and start my cast on there.

Or you might prefer the knitting on method which doesn't involve a long tail. Here's a link to a good tutorial:

Either way, I recommend placing a marker every 50 stitches as you cast on. If you lose track, you'll only ever have to count up to 50!

Thanks for your great question!
May 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have just finished the Sunshine scarf in the colors you have suggested. Love your eye for color combinations...could you suggest another great 3-some of colors for this scarf? I'd love to o another.
Thanks and I love your website...Peggy
June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
Hi Peggy,

We recently got in a shipment of the Madeline Tosh Light and it included a lot of Antler which is a beautiful pale pale gray, almost white. It would be a great background for almost any Kozmos combo! Like, try Cambodian Blue and Blue Moon for a crisp, blue and white look; or Fieldstone and Bamboo for a very soft, neutral palette; or Bougainvilla and Violet Fizz for a whole lot of pop! Or let me know what color family you have in mind and I 'd be happy to offer some more suggestions!

Thanks so much for your comment and question!
June 20, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks Whitney...looks like some great suggestions for the Sunshine Scarf.
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
I love this scarf ! Is there a way to make this scarf into a cowl ?
September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
Hi Alice,

Sure! First figure out how long you'd like your cowl to be, multiply that number of inches by the gauge (6 1/2) and cast on that number. For example, for a 60-inch cowl: 60 x 6.5 = 390. Cast on 390 stitches.

I'd use 24 or 32-inch circular needle to knit the cowl in the round. And I would organize my stripes so that I could carry the yarn up the inside, rather than weaving in a ton of ends. Either way, it'll be gorgeous!

Thanks for your question and good luck!
September 7, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi. I've never knit color on circ's. do I just carry the yarn or keep cutting it? Thanks.
September 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJody
Hi Jody-

You will cut the yarn and leave a tail for each color. Please see the "How to deal with the tails" section in the Pattern Notes to see how to weave these ends in neatly.

Thank you for writing in!

September 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to knit this beautiful scarf, but using Platinum with 2 blues. Looking online and am having difficulty deiding which 2 blues would convey the same
'happy & cheery' mood that your Sunshine Scar does! All suggestions welcome!
September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Nancy...Check out this comment from Whitney she wrote back on June 20th...We recently got in a shipment of the Madeline Tosh Light and it included a lot of Antler which is a beautiful pale pale gray, almost white. It would be a great background for almost any Kozmos combo! Like, try Cambodian Blue and Blue Moon for a crisp, blue and white look" Happy Knitting! I love my Sunshine Scarf too and look forward to her suggestions to do another.
September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
Thanks for this beautiful scarf. I love the colors, but I'm not crazy about garter stitch. Can you suggest another reversible stitch that you think would work well?
September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargie
Hi Margie-

Any reversible stitch would work with this technique- seed stitch, ribbing, whatever you like!

Thanks for writing in-


September 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was wondering, can you make this scarf using a variegated yarn using the same stitching process?
September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Hi Donna-

You certainly can! Thanks for your question!

October 1, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Looks like Flour Sack color had been discountined? is that correct or just our of stock?
April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Hi Anna-

Flour Sack has not been discontinued. If you email customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com we'll let you know when it comes back in stock.

Thank you!

April 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you MacDonald's. There is one way to describe this scarf:"I'm lovin' it!"
(Also note that that can be used to describe the other patterns)
OK,now for the grand question: Can I leave the tails hanging sort of like fringe?
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel
Hi Kel,

Great question! I think you could do that! I would sew each one around the selvedge a few times to secure it, maybe passing the end under the wraps to make a sort of knot.

Really good idea; let us know how it goes and thanks for asking!

November 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I would really like to knit this scarf in the exact colors (so pretty!) but it looks like you can't get flour sack anywhere -- any thoughts on this? Is it discontinued?
December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlma
Hi Alma-

Please send an email to customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and we will be happy to help you with this!

Thank you!

December 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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