Geo Mesh Cowl by Xandy Peters

Geo Mesh Cowl

December 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16.5 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Mesh stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
275 - 325 yards (251 - 297 m)
26" (66 cm) around and 28" (71 cm) from top to point. Pattern contains instruction on how to alter the size.
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As part of the December of Designers mission to raise awareness for Mental Health causes, I am giving all proceeds from the first week of sales to the Trevor Project, an organization which providescrisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

The stitch pattern in this cowl looks like safety netting on construction sites or the fabric in sports jerseys. The pointy bandana style looks like a triangle scarf, but stays in place more easily. The point section is worked flat first, then it’s joined in the round, The top edge of the cowl is decreased to create a slight funnel shape. I’ve uploaded an image of the schematic to show the full shape and dimensions..

This pattern is suitable for knitters with knowledge of pattern reading, knitting in the round, increasing, and decreasing. There is one unusual stitch in the pattern but it has a special tutorial on YouTube. View a video tutorial for the 3⇨2 stitch decrease here.
Finished Size: 26” (66 cm) around and 28” (71 cm) from top to point. Info on fit, pattern modifications and yarn substitution are included in the pattern document.
Yarn: Yarn Vibes Inis Sport, 328 yards (300 m) per 100g; 100% Irish wool. Shown in color Shepherd’s Delight. Yarn substitution info is on page 2.
Needles: Size 9 (5.5mm) 24”circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 16.5 sts and 26 rounds in mesh stitch = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) square after washing and blocking.
Other Materials: 1 marker, sewing needle.
Yarn info for Substitution
This stitch looks best in natural, wooly yarns. During washing these yarns will bloom and soften. If you are wool allergic or prefer synthetic options, look for fibers with a springy texture. Drapey fibers (silk, superwash wool) may distort with time.

I’ve uploaded an image with info on substituting yarn in other weights. There’s a table showing the suggested needle, minimum yardage, and stitch counts for each weight. I have swatched in a range of yarns to find these numbers and made full cowls in Fingering, Sport, Worsted, and Bulky. My overall suggestion is to use a much bigger needle than you usually would.