Irish Mesh Cowl
Irish Mesh Cowl

Irish Mesh Cowl


Hope everyone is doing well. These past few days have been very cold here in the south with temps dipping below freezing. With the frigid weather, I went out last night after work and got some firewood to make a fire. It was the first one this season!

It was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire and some knitting to soothe away the tensions of the day.

Burning fire 2014

Speaking of knitting, last week I finished a cowl that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. Those of you who have been keeping up with me via social media have seen the progress of this cowl and as promised, I am posting it up today.

This cowl, called the Irish Mesh Cowl, was knitted previously using Knit Picks’ Billow yarn in Tea Rose (shown below). I designed this cowl about six months ago and am now revisiting it and will share the pattern with you all.

Irish Mesh Cowl in Tea Rose - Purl Avenue

The revisited version is done Ash. Note: Knit Picks Billow yarn is cotton and the yarn weight varies even though it is listed as Bulky Weight. If you want your cowl to look a little more uniform, I recommend using a different type of yarn.

Billow in Ash

After blocking, the Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash measures about 30″ circumference and 11″ wide and is slightly smaller than the one in Tea Rose (I don’t remember the measurements).

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash - Purl Avenue

Here is the pattern.


2 skeins of Knit Picks Billow yarn (you will use about 1.5 skeins)

  • 120 yds / 110 m per skein
  • 3.52 oz/100 g per skein
  • 100% Pima Cotton
Recommended Billow Yarn from Knit Picks

US 10.5- 24″ circular needles
Yarn/tapestry needle
Stitch marker


3.5 sts=1″ in stockinette stitch


Cast on 96 sts. Place stitch marker and join to begin knitting in the round. Careful not to twist the stitches. Note: all slipped stitches on this website will be done purlwise unless otherwise noted.


Rd 1: *yo, sl1, k2, psso; rep from * to the end.
Rd 2: knit.
Rd 3: k2, *sl1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 4: knit.

Repeat Rds 1-4 for a total of 24 rounds. 


Rd 1-15: knit.

Repeat the Edge one more time.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends.

There you go! A brand new cowl! Did I mention that this is a quick knit too? Enjoy!

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash side - Purl Avenue

Irish Mesh Cowl Tea Rose 2 - Purl Avenue

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  1. Kiley

    Very pretty project! I used the billow yarn. It’s very soft and cozy. My only issue was that I kept dropping a stitch somehow every other row, and I think it may have been because the yarn alternates between very thick and very thin. It’s easy to accidentally knit 2 together when a very thin stitch is very close to a very thick stitch. I’m going to try this pattern a second time, this time with stitch markers every few stitches so I can keep track! Thanks for sharing this fun and pretty pattern.

  2. Helen

    Hi, love this pattern but after 4 attempts, I just can’t get the mesh to look at all like in the pictures. Maybe I am doing something wrong with the psso stitch as can’t see where else it could go awry. Is there a video of the 4- stitch sequence I could look at? Good thing my sis is away for Xmas!! Thanks

  3. Melanie

    Can’t wait to try this. I will be making it with circular needles. On your video using regular needles you said row 2 and 4 should be done in purl stitch. However, your written directions say to knit for round 2 and 4. Since I am doing my cowl in the round, do I just knit those two rows like the directions say?

    1. Purl Avenue

      You are correct. In the video, I demonstrated the Irish Mesh stitch knitting flat. The written pattern above is for the cowl which is written for knitting in the round. So please use the pattern for knitting the cowl.

  4. Al V

    Hello, I love the Irish Mesh knit. I am going to look so smart when I finish.yay!!
    My question is when you say, “Repeat Rds 1-4 for a total of 24 rounds.” Do you mean for example – all four rows completed = 4; then the next set of four rows1-4 =4 (totaling 8) with a grand total of 96 rows
    Or repeating rds 1-4 for a total of 24
    (4rows x 6 times = 24)

  5. Judy

    Thank you for inspiring me to try a new pattern. I’ve only been knitting a year & Id tagged this pattern to try. My friend, Debi pushed me to make one for her. Wish I knew how to post a picture of her with her cowl

  6. Jenni

    Thanks very much for this, especially the video explaining how to knit. PSSO was a complete mystery to me, as are many instructions, that prevented me progressing to nicer patterns and projects. Your video shows so clearly how simple it is. Thanks. Going to start the cowl this morning.

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