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Easy lace mesh scarf for beginners

Using DK weight yarn, 7mm needles and a simple two row pattern this scarf knits up quickly and cheaply and looks amazing.

You will need a pair of 7mm needles and 100g of DK yarn.

Cast on 25 stitches

Row 1; knit 2, yarn over(by bringing the yarn to the front by taking it between the needles as if to do a purl stitch), knit 2 together, yarn over, knit two together, keep going, bringing the yarn over and knitting two together until you get to the last stitch, knit the last stitch. You should still have 25 stitches, the loop made by the yarn over replaces the stitch lost when you knit two together, it also makes the ‘hole’ in the pattern.

Row 2; knit to the end of the row (no fancy stuff in this row!)

Close up of the lace pattern

In ‘knitting pattern speak’ it looks like this;

Row 1; k2, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last st, k

Row 2; k to end

Keep going until you have almost run out of yarn, try to make you last row a ‘Row 1’ row, then cast off and sew in the ends. Your scarf will have a slanted look because the stitch pulls the material slightly. All the benefits of a bias knit scarf without any of the effort!

Wash it carefully according to the instructions on the ball band and then block it to shape to really define the lace pattern (you can skip this step if you want to wear it straight away!)

If you forget which row to do next part way through the scarf take a good look at it, one side (the ‘wrong’ side) looks quite bumpy, the other side (the ‘right’ side) looks quite smooth in comparison. If the bumpy side is facing you when you start to knit then you need to do a ‘Row 1’, if the smooth side is facing you when you start to knit then you need to do a ‘Row 2’.

As ever, please share your finished projects (I love to see them) and feel free to comment here, on Ravelry, or on the Facebook page if you need any help.

A ‘yarn over’

41 comments on “Easy lace mesh scarf for beginners

  1. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012

    Love this! I started mine today and it’s really easy!

    • oxknit
      October 28, 2012

      Awesome. Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll try to help you out!

  2. Pat Jones
    October 31, 2012

    When I copied the Old Shale cowl, the 3rd page does not have the remaining directions for rows 3&4 and the ending direction to BO and block instructions. It is beautiful….one will be made for me. Keep on designing……. Pat

  3. oxknit
    October 31, 2012

    Thanks for letting me know Pat. I’m not sure what to do about that. Perhaps I should do a PDF version and add it to the post when I get to use the fancy computer again (mine does not have the brain for such things).

  4. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012

    im about to try this one wish me luck

    • oxknit
      December 3, 2012

      Best of luck! If you get stuck, give me a shout. I’d love to see a picture when you’re done.

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  6. Anonymous
    March 24, 2013

    Was looking for something easy that I could do quickly for a gift… delighted with this pattern, thank you for sharing!!! xxxxx

  7. Debbie
    April 5, 2013

    How pretty, I can’t wait to try this!
    And a really big thank you for the way you explain your pattern. It’s very clear and easy to understand. As a beginner I do forget where I left off sometimes. I try to write it down but sometimes I get interrupted and forget everything!

  8. Becky
    July 17, 2013

    Help; I am a beginner knitter and this is one of my first projects. It is going great except one side is hanging lower than the other. Am I doing something wrong?

    • oxknit
      July 17, 2013

      Hello, you are doing everything right! The pattern gives an asymmetrical scarf, you get the effect of one side hanging lower than the other without having to follow a complicated pattern to get the look!

      • Kendall
        June 5, 2016

        Can you please explain the difference in these two patterns. This pattern you show here is 2 rows. I did one with a k1, *k2tog, yo*. k1 for every row. I got a straight edge not a bias edge..I like either look just dont’ understand what makes the bias edge?
        Is it simply adding a K row or by reversing my pattern to YO, K2tog instead of K2tog, Yo? Just trying to understand. Thanks

  9. Maria
    October 12, 2013

    Thank you,this is a great pattern!

  10. eileen
    November 18, 2013

    Would like to have this pattern in crochet.

    • oxknit
      December 3, 2013

      The pattern would only really work in knitting because of the way this particular stitch behaves. You. Sorry!

  11. Cindy Nelson
    May 11, 2014

    Could this pattern be adapted to use a lighter weight yarn for summer, and possibly smaller needles?

    • oxknit
      May 13, 2014

      Absolutely. Just cast on more stitches if you want to keep the width. Alternatively, stick with the same size needles for a more open,lightweight lace.

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  13. Alison
    October 1, 2014

    Thanks for this pattern! What yarn is that, do you remember?

    • oxknit
      October 1, 2014

      It came out of my stash, I think it’s a Knitwitch’s silk blend.

  14. Barbara Brengel
    December 26, 2014

    Hi, thank you so much for this pattern. Finally, a pattern I can work on without having to rip out every fifth row because of too much patterning. Is there such a word LOL When I started my stitches on the first row of your scarf pattern, a couple stitches turned out too loose (didn’t notice til later) so I thought of adding an edging. I was wondering if you ever embellished this scarf with a simple single or double crochet edging on two sides of the sides. Can you envision if that would work? I’m giving it as a gift and would like to add a sparkle, so I thought of a bead inside each sc or dc. Thanks again and have a very Creative New Year! Barbara

    • oxknit
      December 26, 2014

      Hello. I’ve never edged one, I think it’d drive me mad to crochet around it! I think it would look good though, especially with some beading.

      • Barbara Brengel
        December 27, 2014

        Thanks for the speedy reply. Actually, I’m a knitter, not a crocheter, so madness may be on the horizon🙂 The only crocheting I have done is edging things and it does go fast. Not too much of a techy but if there is a way to upload a picture from my iPhone to here, I’ll be glad to send you a picture when it is done in a couple of weeks, what with the holidays. Thanks again. You make everything so clear, it’s a joy to read your how-to’s.

  15. madelene
    March 9, 2015

    I love this easy stitch. I’ve done many lace patterns but I really like the shape of it.
    I will be doing this one next.
    It’s so easy, I can make for a friend.

  16. Morgane Batista
    March 20, 2015

    hi, im quite new and i dont know if it’s because i’m french but i feel like its missing informations haha but most importantly i wanted to know how i could make this pattern style into a triangle shawl.

    • oxknit
      March 20, 2015

      This pattern would not work well as a triangular shawl.it would be too difficult to make the sides equal. What information do you think is missing?

      • Morgane Batista
        March 21, 2015

        from row 3 up until just before casting off, is it like row 1-2-1-2-1-2…etc?

      • Morgane Batista
        March 21, 2015

        nevermind, finally understood, thanks

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  18. Kendall
    April 25, 2016

    I am currently doing a scarf with the pattern k1,*k2tog, yo,* rep from * to last st k. I am doing just that every row. My edging is square not slanted…Why? Why does doing a K row make it slanted I don’t understand. Thank you.

    • oxknit
      April 25, 2016

      A row of knitting sort of leans in one direction. It’s not really noticeable unless you do something like in this pattern and use the lean. If you do lace every row then row 1 will lean to the left, row 2 will lean to the right. That makes the knitted piece straight. With this pattern the lace row leans a lot, the knit row doesn’t lean very much so it ends up looking like this (with the knit row every other row)

      Leaning lace
      Knit row
      ..Leaning lace
      ..Knit row
      ….Leaning lace
      ….Knit row
      ……Leaning lace
      ……Knit row

      With lace every row it looks like this

      Leaning lace.
      .Leaning lace
      Leaning lace.
      .Leaning lace
      Leaning lace.
      .Leaning lace

      I hope that helps. It’s quite hard to describe by typing!

  19. Heather
    June 16, 2016

    I have been working on this pattern and while I do love how mine is turning out, it doesn’t look like yours. I am doing YO and K2tog separate. Should the YO and K2tog be done as one?

    • oxknit
      June 19, 2016

      Hello, glad you’re enjoying it. Never mind what the pattern says, if you like the way you are doing it, stick with it! If you want to do it the same as mine they yes, the YO K2tog should be together. Were you adding an extra K stitch between them? I might have to try that and see how it looks.

      • Heather
        June 21, 2016

        I do like what is turning out, but I also like the way yours looks. Mine is sort of taking on a lacy rib pattern. I appears to be mushy soft. It’s lovely, but not what I intended. And, yes, I did a YO and THEN K2tog. I’m sorry I can’t post a picture. I love the lightness and bounciness of the pattern. Next up, YO AND K2tog. 🙂

  20. Jean Bakula
    June 24, 2016

    I am a beginner, and never did yarn overs before. I began a pattern that was lace on every row. Even though I counted each stitch to be sure, I kept ending up having to pull it out because I’d add a stitch or drop one. I like this pattern because if I make a mistake, I can pull it out only to a knit row, and I know how to fix that. When each row has yarn overs, and you have to correct, you can’t see where the ‘stitch” is. Wish me luck. I have a beautiful yarn called rose garden, light sage, a darker green, and a light and darker pink. Thanks for the pattern.

  21. Suzanne
    June 30, 2016

    I don’t want the slant! How can I stop it?

    • oxknit
      June 30, 2016

      Hello, the slant is part of the pattern. If you want a lace scarf without a slant there are many around. Good luck in your search!

  22. Judith
    July 9, 2016

    Thank you for this pattern that you made it user friendly for beginners like me. How long does this unusual shaped piece need to be? I am using 100 gram balls.
    Thank you

    • oxknit
      July 9, 2016

      As long as you like. I tend to go for about my own height. Try it on as you go and stop when it’s as long as you want it.

  23. Robyn
    July 20, 2016

    Thank you for this, I have been looking for this pattern for ages. I made a scarf like this in the 60’s when I was a teenager from 8 ply I think. I still use it and have wanted to make another but couldn’t remember how it was done

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