Ones and Zeroes Cowl

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ONES AND ZEROES is a top-down, bandana-style cowl alternating bands of 1×2 twisted rib with a symmetrical mesh lace. Perfect for early spring or fall, ONES AND ZEROES is easy to throw on during those not-quite-warm-enough days that still have a bit of bite to the breeze.

This pattern is for you if… You like very short repeats that are easy to memorize.

Move along if… You’re prone to forgetting your stitch increases.

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Pattern Details


Cowl is knit from the top down, first worked flat before being joined to knit in the round until completion.


One size: 20.5”/52cm circumference at neck opening; 45.5”/116cm circumference at bottom edge; 23.75”/60cm long along front centre spine


Approximately 545 yards (498 meters) / 100 grams (3.5oz) heavy lace / light fingering weight yarn that produces a nice drape when knit to gauge.

Sample knit with: The Fibre Co. Meadow (545 yards/498 meters per 100 grams/3.5oz skein; 40% Merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen; 1 skein used).

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32 stitches / 42 rows = 4″/10cm in Ones motif worked flat


US 2/2.75mm 29”/74cm circular needle, or size necessary to obtain gauge


4 stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Knitting in the round, making knit and purl stitches, making yarn overs, increasing stitches using m1l and m1r, knitting two stitches together, knitting/purling through the back loop, reading a lace chart (if using chart option), garter tab cast on.

Stitch patterns are provided as both charts and written instructions.

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