Sunday, October 20, 2013

Moebius Scarf Experiment

Sorry I didn't write last week.  Lots has been going on here and time got away from me.  I'm sure the same thing happens to you!

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  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.

If you can imagine a round collar and that collar has two layers - this is how this scarf comes out.  You knit from the "inside out" from where the stitches are on the needle.  One side will be "knit" and the opposite side will be "purl" as can be seen from this photo.  You can see the knit stitches on the gold needles at the top of the photo and the purl stitches on the red cable at the bottom on the photo.

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).

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 Here's a close up of the "double collar" effect of the scarf:

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)


  1. Your scarf looks intriguing. I really admire you knitting something so big on circular needles, as I find that really tricky. It is so easy to miscount.

    1. Thank you. Yes, it was a bit tricky since I couldn't see how it would turn out until I binded off. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hmmm! Looks a little complicated to me but it's such a good feeling when you finally achieve the challenge you set yourself! Well done you :)

    1. Yes, exactly. I'm not sure I will attempt it again though. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  3. I haven't knitted for years but this certainly looks ultra cozy for the coming winter.


    1. Yes, you should give it a try. You can use any leftover yarn you may have. It was fun to accomplish this pattern. Thanks for your comment.

  4. I've never come across a moebius pattern like this before. It looks very interesting and quite a challenge - just my kind of knitting !!!! Can't wait to see the end result.

    You're coming over the pond aren't you. Have a great time and I hope the weather is kind for you xx

    1. Thank you Gertie. You should give it a try. I am so excited to visit England. I will be in the West Midlands and or course, London. Wishing you the best.

  5. I wish I could knit. I only know how to crochet. My mom taught me when I was just a young girl. I've tried once to learn to knit through youtube but got discouraged and gave up. You've inspired me to try again. But I need to find a simple beginners video. Your scarf is lovely. Following you.

  6. It looks amazing and complicated! I'm sure it'll be nice and cosy to wear.


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