Anyway, this week I wanted to share with you my experiment in knitting a moebius scarf. I found the pattern here. I first saw this scarf by Cat Bordhi a couple of years ago when my sister-in-law was knitting one. I knew she had to buy extra long cable needles and that it took a special cast-on.
These are the needles that I ordered from Loveknitting.com. They are circular needles, size 10 (6.0MM) and 100cm (40") in length. I found that the 40" length was by far plenty long and if I would have ordered longer cable needles I think it would have been too hard to work with.
There are lots of patterns out there that are called moebius but a true moebius has only 1/2 turn. The trick to this pattern is found in the special cast on created by Cat Bordhi. Here is the link to Cat's video of the special cast on.
Here's a picture of how the scarf looks on the needles after doing a few rows. The circular needles are in a "circle" and they stay that way throughout the whole time you are knitting the scarf. You do need to place a "special" marker for the beginning of the round. A round means you will knit the stitches on both the "circles" of the needle.
(Please excuse my homemade yarn markers - I used these markers for the actual pattern of the scarf).
So, in this photo I have tried to show the "1/2 twist" of the scarf. It's really magic how this scarf comes together as you are knitting it.
Here's a better close up of the scarf. If you look exactly in the middle of the scarf, this is where I started knitting. From there, the stitches are purl on one side and knit on the other side.
Here's another view. So, when this scarf is completed, the "purl" side will lie on top of the "knit" side. It makes it look like a double collar but it will have a one-half twist in it (you can see the twist on the right hand side).
I didn't spend much money on this project other than purchasing the needles (under $10.00) and this was aran weight yarn that I had leftover. I really had fun doing this scarf and teaching myself the cast on. Believe me, if I can do it you can do it.
On a side note, I did cast on too many stitches and my scarf came out a little longer. So, pay special attention to Cat's instructions on how to count the stitches.
Lilly My Cat will be away for a few weeks so this will be the last post until late November. Please visit again before Thanksgiving. There should be lots of fun ideas, travel tips, etc., to share with you.
Until then, thank you for visiting and please remember to visit Handmade Monday where you will find some wonderful craft ideas.
With my best wishes for a wonderful week,
Pat (Lilly's Mom)