In our experience, beauty has very little to do with complexity. Complex things can be very beautiful, of course, but when they are, it’s only a coincidence. It’s just as likely that a simple thing will be beautiful, and in the case of our Mistake Rib Cowl, it’s definite!

Mistake Rib Cowl | Purl Soho

The Mistake Rib stitch pattern is nearly as simple as knit 2, purl 2, but the finished fabric has a lovely loft and squishiness that regular 2 x 2 ribbing lacks. Purl Soho’s Mulberry Merino lends the pattern a particular depth with its gentle shine and richness. And in Dark Loam, our Mistake Rib Cowl is mysterious, lush, and simply beautiful! -Joelle

Mistake Rib Cowl | Purl Soho


Mistake Rib Cowl | Purl Soho


20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

32 stitches = approximately 4 inches in Mistake Rib, unstretched


Finished Circumference: Approximately 18 inches, unstretched

Finished Height: 15 inches


Mistake Rib in the round is worked over a multiple of 4 stitches.


Cast on 144 stitches, place a marker, and join to work in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2: P1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k2, p1.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 15 inches from cast-on edge or desired length.

Bind off loosely in stitch pattern.

Mistake Rib Cowl | Purl Soho