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Moebius Scarf 2

by Linda

This scarf was inspired by similar patterns on the web as well as a life long love of math and science.

My first Moebius Scarf pattern, Moebius Scarf - The Original, has been here on the net for a few years now and gets thousands of visitors per month. As a matter of fact, it's my most popular knitting pattern, despite all those sock patterns! :)

If you've tried my Original pattern, you've probably experienced that feeling of panic and confusion that comes the first time you try it. Now I've come up with another method that's not quite so scary. This one has one solid colour around the middle with balanced stripes on each side of it (presuming you use more than one colour).

NOTE: To lessen confusion, even though it's a circular needle, the terms used to describe its two ends will be as if it was two separate needles.

  1. Cast On: Cast on at least 150 stitches, loosely. Use an invisible or similar cast on if you like, you'll be picking up stitches along this edge later on.
  2. Use a non curling reversible stitch, like garter stitch (knit across, turn, knit across, repeat) - for an inch (or 2 or 3). You should have a nice long, thin strip of knitted fabric when done. Cast off loosely. This strip is going to run around the centre of your scarf.
  3. Lay this strip horizontally in front of you. Next, you're going to fold this strip in half and twist it. Bring the upper left corner of the fabric over and down slightly to meet the lower right corner of your knitting , then, still holding this in place, flip up the (former) lower left corner to meet the upper right. Graft them together along their short edges (or sew) as neatly as possible. This creates the half twist that identifies this strip as a Moebius.
  4. Beginning at the join, add a marker, then pick up and knit one stitch in each stitch all along the cast on (and cast off!) edges, until you reach the point where you began (you'll go around your scarf twice). Your needle will be coiled up at this point, similar to how it probably looked in its original package. Next round, go all the way around in purl, then another round in knit, etc. (for garter stitch). Change colours every few rounds at your marked point for a nice, balanced stripe pattern.
  5. Continue working for at least 20 rounds or so (each round goes around the length of the scarf twice). Cast off in knit or purl (whichever the next round is supposed to be),then darn in ends as neatly as you can since this scarf has no right and no wrong side.
  6. And that's it - all finshed!
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