Moebius Scarf 3
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 one of my other Moebius scarf patterns, you've probably felt a little confused at times. Here's a third method that's easy as pie - it's all flat, back and forth knitting.
- Approx. 150 to 200 g worsted yarn (5 1/2 to 7 1/2 oz) in however many colours you want, wool or wool blend preferred (like
- Circular needle or pair of single points of suitable size for your yarn
- Gauge: approx. 5 stitches per inch with worsted, though it's not
- Choose a stitch pattern. It should be reversible, ideally one that looks the same on both sides. It should also be non curling (garter stitch works great).
- Cast on your desired number of stitches (50 or 60 work well in worsted for an adult scarf), using a suitable size needle. Note: If using more than one colour, you can change colours across each row, or every few rows, whichever you prefer. Just make sure your colour changes are well hidden - this scarf is basically reversible.
- Work until the length of the piece is twice the length needed to fit over the wearer's head. Cast off.
- Lay this strip horizontally in front of you. You're going to fold this strip in half and twist it. Bring the upper left corner of the fabric over and down 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 as a Moebius strip.
- That's it - you're done!
- Now admire your work and be sure to show it off! :)
- If you're more adventerous, you may want to try a more complex reversible stitch pattern. It must be non curling and reversible - there is no inside or outside to this scarf. It will be a loop with a half twist, which will rest against your neckline to keep you warm. It can also be doubled and tugged up over your head to keep your ears warm in colder weather.
- For a different look, you can knit your starting strip in the other direction, casting on a few stitches and working many, many rows, using a different stitch pattern if you like. If you go this route, you must pay close attention when picking up stitches for your first round so the scarf doesn't ruffle or pull in.
- Want to try an alternate method? Check out my other knitted Moebius scarf patterns - Moebius Scarf - The Original and Moebius Scarf 2. Definitely more challenging, but at the same time, more fun.
- I also have a Crocheted Moebius Scarf.
- Math lovers may also want to check out my discussion of using
Math for Craft Design.
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