Mesh Lace Cowl

Happy Saturday!

Hope everyone had a great week! Just like many of you, I am knitting away and trying to get my handmade gifts ready for Christmas. I’m about halfway through…

While getting into the crazy and hectic holiday season, I didn’t realize that there was a slight glitch in the Purl Avenue website. If any of you had submitted a comment through this site within the past week or so and I did not respond back, it’s due to the glitch. I was able to recover some of the comments and questions that were submitted but I’m not sure if I was able to get all of them. I apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured, this problem has been fixed as of this morning so there shouldn’t be anymore problems ๐Ÿ™‚

Now on to more happy news. I did manage to finish a new cowl pattern this week and this is in lieu of the “Quick Knits” series I am doing. I think you all are going to love it.! It is by far my favorite cowl pattern. This cowl is done with a simple mesh pattern and is perfect for beginning lace knitters.

Mesh Lace Cowl - Purl Avenue

Circumference is about 34โ€ณ (approx. 86cm) around and 8โ€ณ (approx. 23cm) wide.

mesh lace wip - Purl Avenue

This cowl took me about two to three days of on and off knitting to complete. If you are interested in giving someone a hand-knit cowl for Christmas, this is it!

Mesh Lace Cowl side - Purl Avenue

Mesh Lace Cowl
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2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarns Jiffy

  • Color: Silver Heather
  • 135 yds (123m) per skein [I used about 1.5 skeins]
  • 3 oz (85g) per skein
  • US 10 (6mm)

US 10 (6mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle


15sts x 18rows=4″ (10cm)


CO 108 sts.ย Place stitch marker, join stitches and begin knitting in the round.


Rnd 1: *K1, P1; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end of round.

Repeat Rnds 1-2 one more time.

Main Body

Rnd 1: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd2: knit.
Rnd 3: *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 4: knit.

Repeat Rnds 1-4 until approximately 7″ or desired width. Then repeat edging pattern once more. Bind off and weave in all loose ends with yarn needle.

If you are having trouble with this cowl, please check out this video.

This is somewhat lengthy. In the video I briefly go over increases and decreases, knitting in the round, etc. If you are a beginner, I encourage you to watch.

To finish repeat the Edging portion once more.

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  1. Thank you ! perfect pattern for gift giving to ME! lol xoDebi

  2. Thanks a lot for your generosity. I shared link to your patterns
    @ teixicomanes, my knitting group, on

  3. Tomorrow I will start to learn to knit!

  4. Many thanks for a great pattern!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours. <3

  5. I love this cowl but my granddaughter would like to have it be a bit longer. How many stitches are in the pattern repeat that I would need to add increments of? (sorry for the dangling participle)
    Thank you for sharing the lovely pattern.

  6. Thank you for this pattern!! I wrote a pattern using this same stitch method for the main body of any size flat piece but with a different edging and was mentally trying to come up with the best way to make it into an infinity scarf or cowl. Now I don’t have to!! Thanks again.

  7. Thank you so much for pattern. I am visiting daughter and she really likes but wants twice as long so can wrap. This is so easy to figure how to do. Again thank you.

  8. Thank you this looks fun how long did it take you to make May I ask?

  9. I like the look of this pattern, I might just give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚ my sister loves circle scarves and her bday is coming up so this might be hers ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I am a seasoned knitter . Love basic patterns. I believe the yarn speaks to the design . Used a beautiful royal blue. Thank u

  11. I too love this stitch. I didn’t want so much bulk close to my face so adjusted—72 st to start, then at equal intervals increased every 8th row until 117 st. I am also adding fringe-4″ halved! Super, thank you. I made this scarf of Simply Soft Party.7″wide,1 skein

  12. I am trying to make this cowl and seem to be doing something wrong. If row one comes out right then when I do row three I end up yo k2 tog and then only have one stitch left at the end. Can you help me figure out what I could be doing wrong. Love the pattern and how it looks.

    • How many stitches did you cast on? It needs to be an even number. At the end of the first row, did you remember to do a yo?

      • I end up doing yo, k2tog, then I start next row (2) with knit stitch all the way around. Then row 3 I yo k2 tog, and continue to end, and should end up doing yo k2 tog, then start row 4. But somehow I may end up with yo and only one stitch.

        • Round 1 is *k2tog, yo; rep these two to the end. Round 2 and all even rounds Knit. Round 3 *yo, k2tog; rep to the end.

          • ok i know that k2tog means knit two together, but what is YO??? I used to be a seasoned knitter but i’m just taking it up again and i’m having trouble reading the patterns!!
            thanks for your help.
            great website!! just love it.

          • YO means yarn over. It is a increase technique commonly used in lace knitting. Simply wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal. Check the Knitting Abbreviations page for more info on abbreviations.

  13. Hi-I am having the same problem as Carolyn. I end up with 107 stitches after I complete row 2. When starting row 1, I k2tog first then bring my yarn around to the front for the yo. Since I am starting with the k2tog rather than the yo, I am dropping a stitch which is why I think I only have 107. I did make sure I did he yo at the end of row 1 but still ended with 107. Thanks for your help.

    • This pattern is basically 1 decrease (k2tog) and 1 increase (yo) the throughout the whole project (you subtract 1 and add 1). At the end, you should still come up with the same number of stitches you started off with. If you are coming up short, then you are probably doing too many decreases (k2tog) or you are forgetting to do a yo somewhere. If you are coming up with too many stitches then you are either putting in too many yo’s or forgetting to k2tog. A tip: count stitches at the end of rounds 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4. It’s a lot of work to undo your work after you’ve completed a whole round of knit stitches.

  14. I also have the same problem as Carolyn and Tracy. After row three I have 107 sts. I have taken it back to the edge several times and reknit the rows with the same results. Took it to my knitting group today and one of the girls reknit it with the same results. Did you girls ever figure this pattern out? Feeling defeated.

  15. thanks so much for your help!!It’s amazing how quickly you forget!
    Off to start my knitting!

  16. Hi-i have since done round 1 2 more times and was meticulous in making sure i did a yo for every k2tog and am still ending with 107 stitches. Since it begins with a k2tog instead of a yo, there is nowhere to add the stitch. Is it implied that the first stitch for round 1 be a knit stitch then repeat k2tog, yo? I have never done a project with these stitches so i watched how to do them on youtube asw well as referencing my instruction books. I have ripped this out so often and am also feeling defeated like jeanne! Please help! Thank you.

  17. I have finished my first cowl but, when I cast off, I discovered I had managed to knit it with twists in it, so it is not a flat garment. Is this because my circular needles were too short, perhaps, or where can I have gone wrong. It is still wearable, but it’s still annoying that it has 3 permanent twists in it!!

    • The twists happened before the first round of knitting which is a very common mistake when knitting in the round. When you first cast on, before you begin the first round, make sure your stitches are all aligned and not twisted. Then begin knitting in the round.

      • Thank you very much for your comments. However, I don’t think I described the problem with my cowl clearly. The problem does not seem to be with the stitches in the first round, but looks like something I did wrong mid-way through knitting the garment, which has lovely looking lacey pattern but has ended up like a figure of eight, with two major twists in the body of the garment, rather like the twists in rope! I have taken a photo of it, but couldn’t work out how to upload it onto your site without an email address to send it to! Danny

  18. Trying it out now for my daughter I hope it turns out for her. Love it so far.

  19. Is there any chance that you would ever make a video for this? I’m not a very good knitter, but I love cowls. I always have trouble with doing the yarn over, but I couldn’t find any videos for this stitch. Do you happen to know of any?

  20. I was curious what cast on was used for the video, I noticed there was no mention of an actual cast on in the pattern. Being a novice, I don’t recognize it but I like the way it looks. Thanks for providing such interesting patterns and for the videos. They are much appreciated.

    • The cast on technique I usually use for my patterns is the long tail cast on unless I state otherwise. Please let me know if you need a video as to how to do this cast on ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I am a new knitter and this is my first knitting in the round project. I finished the pattern, but my entire cowl ended up with several twists in the finished product. It looks nice still, just different. Not sure what I did and how to prevent it in the future!!!

    • When knitting in the round, before you start to join in the round, make sure your stitches are not twisted. For more info, please watch the video Intro To Knitting the Mesh Lace Cowl which is located above.

  22. Silly question, do I do the edging at the end of the cowl as well or just the beginning? You say to bind off after repeating rows 1-4, but I just assumed I need to do the edging again.

  23. I love how this seems to expand as worn. I wonder if that couldn’t be capitalized on by changing needle sizes twice, up once at 1 1/2″ and again at 3″, then back down at 4 1/2″ and finish on the original needles at 6. Start on 9’s, then 10’s, then 11’s, then 10’s, then 9’s again. Hmmmm . Something to try.

  24. You have the patience of a saint . . . . . and lovely patterns!

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