Geo Mesh Cowl - A Pattern By Xandy Peters
This listing is for a digital copy of the Geo Mesh Cowl pattern by Xandy Peters.
About The Pattern, In The Designer's Words
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: Xandy's original used 100g of sportweight Irish wool. Yarn substitution info is below.
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.
Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for the Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production and has since made a career out of publishing new patterns and teaching workshops. Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, Knitty, and Pom Pom Quarterly, has a Bluprint class teaching the stacked stitch technique and continues to self publish patterns monthly. Xandy also blogs about design, crafting, and baking on soimakestuff.com and posts craft videos on YouTube. Visit Xandy's website for more information and inspiring knits!