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

Update: New Yarn

December 2017

It turns out that Gentle Giant is just right for showing off the beautiful texture of this stitch and that our Mistake Rib Cowl in Gentle Giant is a new mistake rib favorite!


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