Simple Lace and Mohair Scarf

Hello everyone!

Today has been a fantastic day so far! I was able to sleep in, had a good cup of coffee and I finished up my latest project, a lace and mohair infinity scarf. It’s been a long while since I last knitted a lace project and I’m very pleased with how this scarf has turned out.

For this project I used size 4 circular needles and mohair yarn that I bought a long time ago but never used. I am trying to use up yarn from my massive yarn stash but unfortunately, I am buying more than I am using. All you knitters out there know what I am talking about 🙂

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you saw the progress I was making with this lace scarf. I finished knitting it yesterday and blocked it last night and this is the result:

Simple Mohair Lace Scarf - Purl Avenue

With this pattern, the edges will curl. I kinda like the curled look but decided to block it to see what it looks like completely flat. If you don’t want the edges to curl, I recommend blocking it or adding a border (pattern does not include a border).

Simple Mohair Lace Scarf - Purl Avenue

Before blocking: curled edges (I like this look. It’s unique.)

I consider this scarf to be a cross between a cowl and an infinity scarf. It’s not quite as long as the standard scarf and it’s larger than a cowl.

Simple Mohair Lace Scarf Length - Purl Avenue

Measurements: 47″ (approximately 119 cm) circumference and 9.5″ (approximately 24 cm) wide.

The free pattern is below. If you enjoy this pattern, please like us on Facebook!

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US 4 (3.5mm) 24″ circular needles
1 skein of Patons Lace yarn (5 ply/sport/fine)-approximately 85g/498 yards/455m
Stitch marker
Yarn needle


26 sts and 32 rows=4″ in stockinette


Cast on 225 sts. Place stitch marker and begin knitting in the round. Do not count stitches on Rows 1 and 2.

Rnd 1: K1, *yo, K3, yo, K1; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, *K3, sl1, K2tog, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Rnd 4: Knit.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until approximately 9.5″ (24 cm) or desired width.

Bind off and weave in loose ends and ta-da! Now you have a new scarf!

Simple Lace and Mohair Scarf - Purl Avenue

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  1. This cowl is so pretty. Thank you for making the pattern available. I can’t wait to work one up for my daughter for Christmas this year. She has a collection of cowls now, and she is the envy of all her friends. So, I know she will adore this one too. 🙂

    • Thank you Sandra! I’m so glad you like it! I would love to see the finished product when it’s done 🙂

      • I love the lacy look of this pattern, too, but I’ve tried it several times and I am doing something wrong. After casting on 225 stitches and completing the first four rows, I end up with 336 stitches on my needle. I consider myself an experienced knitter, but I must be doing something wrong. Can anyone help?

        • For Row 1 you will be doing increases (so you will end up with more stitches than original cast on). Row 2 is knit all stitches (you will still have more than 225 stitches). Row 3 you will be doing decreases (now you will end up with the number of stitches you casted on which is 225). Count only Rows 3 and 4

  2. So cute and pretty! Added to my list of what to knit this fall!

  3. This is a beautiful design! I have a skein of Patons Lace that I’m planning to use. I’d like to make it smaller…..just 1 loop with no wrapping around. Any recommendations as to how many stitches I should cast on? Thanks 🙂

    • Hello Debbie! To make it with just one loop I would try casting on 161 sts. If you think this will be too long then you can cast on fewer sts. The stitch pattern is multiple of 4 sts + 1. Hope that helps!

      • thank you!!!! I’ll be casting on later this evening. I really appreciate the free pattern….as well as the advice 🙂

  4. I am confused! It looks as though the pattern repeat in row 1 involves 6 stitches (yo, k3, yo, k1), but the pattern repeat for row 3 seems to involve FEWER stitches (k3, sl1, k2tog, psso). That seems as though it would leave 4 stitches rather than 6. Am I misreading it, or am I clueless? Thanks in advance for your help!

  5. So very pretty! Unlike most lace patterns, this is one I can do, and even have appropriate yarns for (I think I’ll pair a very thin mohair with something else that’s thin). I can barely wait to start!

  6. Can this cowl be knitted with two needles and later connected. I’m having the hardest time with so many stitches. Would the pattern be the same?

    • You can knit it flat. The pattern will change slightly. For Rows 2 and 4, instead of knitting, you will have to purl. Hope that makes sense.

  7. A 16″ needle for 225 stitches???

    • Yes. I only had 16″ needles at the time and it works. The scarf itself measures to be about 47″ so any needle size smaller than this should work.

  8. I LOVE this pattern but I have two questions…to make this scarf approx. 60 inches, could I just add an additional 75 stitches to the original cast on, or am I missing something in my math? Also, you indicated 1 skein of Patons Lace yarn. Surely you used more than 1 skein for this project! Please advise asap, and thanks!

    • Rosemary,
      According to the gauge, 6.5 sts equals to 1 inch so let’s round it to 7 stitches per inch. You said you wanted to make it 60 inches so 7×60=420. But this stitch pattern requires a multiple of 4 sts + 1 so that would make the total number of sts to be 421. Yes, I really did use only one skein for this project. In your case, I would get two skeins.

      • I am ever so grateful for your quick response! I will be looking for the same yarn you used tomorrow, and casting on 421 stitches…wish me luck. And thanks so very much. I LOVE your FB page, too!

  9. I wanted to try making this as a moebius scarf. Do I have to adjust the pattern in anyway once I cast on using the moebius cast of yarn on the needle and on the cable? This is a beautiful pattern!

    • Cynthia,
      I’ve never knitted a moebius scarf before. I would suggest giving the pattern a try and test it out. Maybe I shall make my next project a moebius scarf 🙂

  10. Love this pattern! What pattern do you recommend for a border?

  11. This is truly a beautiful scarf and thank you for the pattern — will try it as soon I get a couple of other projects done!!!!!!

  12. Love the idea of knitting in the round & when you are done all you have to do is work in the ends.

  13. I have moonlight sonata double knit wool, would that be ok for this pattern. Thanks

    • Tracy,
      I think moonlight sonata would be great for this project. But to be sure, I recommend you make a swatch first.

      • I love this! I have some rowan sock yarn that I’d like to try but can’t believe that a 16 inch circular will work. I see your earlier response and will try it out! Thanks again for a lovely pattern

  14. Is there any way to translate this pattern to be made on a martha Stewart loom please? ….

  15. This is a lovely scarf! I will make it very soon! Thank you very much for your generosity in allowing the use of the free pattern. I am a 74 year old on a very limited income, who enjoys making items for charity and for people who make life better for others, so it is not easy for me to purchase many patterns. Thank you again!

  16. Thank u for the beautiful scarfs you gave us many ideas and I am starting knitting many of wonderful scarfs

  17. Love, love love it! Thank you!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  19. I love this pattern – can I make it with normal double knit wool and if I add a garter border would just 2 rows suffice?

    • Yes you should have no problem knitting it with normal yarn and a two-row garter border. I would suggest making a swatch first to make sure it is to your liking.

  20. For pattern, do rows 1 and 3 end up with the same amount of sts, never saw answer from a previous question. Thanks

    • No. Please do not count Rows 1 and 2 because you will have more than the original cast on stitches. Only count them for Rows 3 and 4 after you’ve done your decreases.

  21. I love this pattern. I have the perfect yarn in my stash for it! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Just got done making this n I love it!

  23. Do sl 1 knitwise or purlwise

  24. How could you do this pattern on straight needles?

  25. That was so helpful thanks

  26. I am an experienced knitter and there seems to be a problem with the pattern. In row 1 (K1, *yo, K3, yo, K1; rep from * to end) there are 2 stitches being increased – but in row 3 there is only 1 stitch being decreased (K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, *K3, sl1, K2tog, psso; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2). This means you are increasing all the time.

    • Row 3: k2, sl1, k2tog (decrease 1), psso (decrease 1). Two decreases for this row. You should now end up with the same number of stitches you started off with.

  27. I’m just getting back to knitting after a couple years off. I would like to make this for my 12 year old granddaughterso want shorter. can I decrease it and, as you said, just keep it in multiples of 4 plus 1? Also not familiar with psso? Thanks.

    • Yes, you can decrease it as long as you keep it in mulitples of 4 plus 1. PSSO stands for “pass slipped stitch over.” The first part of Row 3 says: K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso. So you knit 2, slip one stitch onto the right-hand needle, knit two together and then you take your previously slipped stitch and pass it over the “knit two together” stitch. Hope that makes sense.

  28. I love this cowl. Very pretty. I’m trying to make it but I think I have been doing it incorrect . It looks the YO (eyelet) shifting to the left (uneven) as I go to 3rd pattern repeat. I have been following your pattern. Does sl 1 purl wise & knit wise make a different in pattern?

  29. I love this pattern. That being said, , I started over 5 times and made every mistake possible and have some tips to offer. Place a marker every 25 stitches and when you make the decrease row, count to be sure you are back to 25 stitches between the markers. Pay attention and don’t get rolling along and you won’t have to pick back rows. Make the start marker different so you don’t roll past it! Use the very loose bind off from you-tube with a size larger needle and the edges will match in stretch. This will avoid picking out a bound off edge to get them to match. I have made 2 now and can “read” the knitting. Stay with it as it turns out beautiful and is worth the careful attention. I can’t even imagine the brilliance of the designer. Thank you Purl Avenue.

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