Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf
Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf

Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf

Hello everyone!

Most of you may recall, several weeks ago I began knitting a scarf. Here’s a pic to jog your memory.

Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf beginning - Purl Avenue

This is what it looked like when I first posted it on Instagram.

For some reason this scarf took a lot longer than expected. The pattern itself is super simple and shouldn’t have taken a whole month to finish. But three knitting projects later, I’m very happy to have completed this scarf and finally share it with the world.

Before I started knitting this scarf, I was looking at my yarn stash and was very annoyed with the fact that I couldn’t find a project for these five skeins of Tahki Yarns Natural Earth Cotton that I had purchased years ago.

Natural Earth Cotton - Purl Avenue

When I first laid eyes on this yarn, I instantly fell in love with it. This yarn has a rustic feel to it which reminds me of the arid environments of the southwest. The images that came to mind were deserts, cacti, canyons and plateaus all sitting together under a sky with colors painted with orange and magenta from the setting sun. I saw so much potential for this yarn and after years of not knowing what to do with it, I still had hope.

Over the years I’ve tried out many stitch patterns but couldn’t find one that would do its unique and beautiful yet rugged characteristic justice. Then one day while looking through some old knitting books I saw the ribbed mesh lace pattern. I thought, “Well, it’s worth a try.” And a month later…ta-da! I present to you the Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf!

Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf - Purl Avenue

I added the lateral braid for the border on both sides of the scarf. Approximately 75″ (191 cm) X 10″ (25 cm)

Going with the southwest theme, I would definitely pair this scarf with silver and turquoise jewelry.

Silver and Turquoise with scarf - Purl Avenue

The Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf was made using Tahki Yarns Natural Earth Cotton. I love cotton yarn because it is hypoallergenic and is breathable (cools you down during warm days and keeps you warm on cold ones), biodegradable (environmentally friendly), dust mite resistant! Cotton yarn is perfect for those who’s got allergies to wool and other fibers derived from animals.

Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf side - Purl Avenue

Okay, on to the good part: the pattern.


5 skeins of Tahki Yarns Natural Earth Cotton

  • 92 yds/85 m per skein
  • 50 g per skein
  • US 8/5mm needles
  • 100% naturally-colored organic cotton

US 8/5mm straight needles
Yarn/tapestry needle


18 sts x 25 rows=4″ (10 cm)


CO 42 sts.


Row 1 (WS): purl.
Row 2: lateral braid:

Cast on one stitch. *ktbl of second st on left-hand needle, do not slide sts off needle, knit first st. Now slide both stitches off needle.Then, slip the last worked stitch from the right needle back to the left needle. Repeat from * to last st.

When you get to the last stitch, knit it, then pass the second stitch on the right needle over.

Row 3: purl.

This can be confusing so here is a video.


Row 1: k1, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: k1, *sl1 purlwise wyif, p1, psso, yo; rep from * to last st, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until desired length and repeat Row 1 one more time.

For help on how to knit the Ribbed Mesh stitch, check out the video below.


Repeat the border pattern and bind off. Weave in loose ends. Blocking is optional. The scarf looks nice with or without blocking.

Rustic Ribbed Mesh Scarf 2 - Purl Avenue

There you have it! A new gorgeous scarf!



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  1. susan massey

    I this pattern! I was browsing around looking at different scarf patterns and luckily I ran across this one. It is so elegant, I can’t wait to make it! I should have enough yarn is my stash to complete the scarf-if not, happy yarn shopping for me…

  2. Kelly

    This scarf is gorgeous. I love everything about it. The open weave, the lateral braid (new to me) and especially the color. Your photography is beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing. Just started following you on IG as well. Looking forward to your projects. Blessings!

  3. ruth

    I love everything about this scarf, especially the yarn. It seems Tahki does not make this particular yarn anymore. At least I can’t find it on their website. Will surely try the pattern with another cotton yarn. Thanks for the pattern.

  4. Felice

    Thanks for this pattern and also for noting that some knitters/crocheters are allergic to wool and other types of fiber. We are all too often cast aside by designers whose notes talk about the “haze” of certain fibers–sometimes just reading a pattern makes me feel like sneezing!

  5. Maria Cristina

    Thank you for the pattern and tutorial video. Where may I find this particular yarn? I read that it is no longer available, but another comment seems to report otherwise.
    Thank you for your time.

  6. Gayle Reynolds

    For those looking for Takhi organic cotton, try eBay. They had some for $6.95 and free shipping.
    Thanks to Purl Avenue for posting this scarf. I love scarves but seem to not wear them in the warmer weather. In cotton or cotton blend, this is perfect.

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