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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

For more info on my knitting abbreviations, click here.


US 4 (3.5mm) 24″ circular needles

Knit Picks Rainbow Interchangeable Needles
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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. Sandra Tracey

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Joyce

        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?

        1. Purl Avenue

          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. Debbie DiGirolamo

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Cathy W

    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!

  4. Rosemary Johnson

    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!

    1. Purl Avenue

      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.

  5. Judy Hayden

    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!

  6. Cyn

    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.

  7. Pat

    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.

    1. Purl Avenue

      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.

  8. Valerie Tinor

    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?

  9. Nancy Ballantyne

    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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