Mexicano Negro

Recently, I learned a mesh knitting technique and this shawl is the product of my new experience.

A member of a Fb group asked about knitting a mesh scarf which doubles in size after the knitting is done, and I got interested in this economical way of knitting.

The central part of my shawl was made using this very mesh technique, and the ruffle was crocheted in 6 rounds of treble crochet.


Finished shawl weighs 210 gr, it's 90 cm long, and 160 cm wide


Yarn "ALIZE superlana Klasik" - 25% wool, 75% acrylic (100 gr = 280 m)
Knitting needles No. 4 i 8
Hook No. 6


st(s) - stitch(es)
ch - chain
K - knit
P - purl
trc - tripple (treble) crochet
Rnd - round


Stage 1
Cast on 5sts on needles No. 4.
Row 1 - rib stitch 1/1 = K1, P1, K1, P1, K1. Turn.
Row 2 - cast on 2sts; Slip 1st st onto the right needle, (K1, P1) repeat to the end of row.
Row 3 - cast on 2sts; Slip 1st st onto the right needle, (P1, K1) repeat to the end of row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures about 20 cm. (After Stage 2 the shawl will stretch in all directions.) Finish with wrong side. Turn.

Stage 2
On the right side work like this: *slip one st onto the right needle, drop the next st. from the left needle (= DO NOT work this st, it needs to drop and be unraveled later). Repeat from * to *, slip the last st onto the right needle. While the remaining sts are still on the needle, pull the whole work gently towards the first row. That way the shawl will stretch down and double in height. The sts on the needle will also become very large so transfer them onto needles No. 8 and finish all sts as usual. Don't break yarn. Your piece should look like in the picture below, and will also stretch in width.

Stage 3
Now start crocheting around all edges. Insert your hook in the loop where you finished casting off.

Rnd 1 - In the first corner (where you finished casting off), work ch4, 2trc. Along the left side of the shawl continue with trc but get the sts to be a bit more dense so as to get a wavy edge, like a ruffle. In the next corner work 6trc, then again dense the trc along the right side like you did on the left (make sure you have the same number of sts on both sides), in the next corner work 6trc, and trc along the upper edge with this wavy effect too; in the next corner work 3trc in the same st as the initial 3trc.
Rnd 2 - ch4, 2trc between the 2 trc of the previous rnd. Continue with trc working between 2trc of previous rnd. Work 6trc in all corners. Finish with 3trc in the last corner.
Rnds 3 to 6 - repeat rnd 2. Break yarn.

Weave in ends. Stretch and press the shawl on medium temperature.