The Sometimes Freakish Moebius Knitting
Recently I shared in a vlog that I’ve been knitting some Moebius cowls for myself out of odd 50g balls on DK weight yarn in the stash and I thought a follow-up blog post was in order about them.
So first things first, what exactly is a Moebius (also spelt Möbius or Mobius) anyway? Well like any word it’s gathered a few different associations and meanings but in this case, it’s the geometric shape we’re interested in. Sometimes called a Möbius band or strip it describes a loop that has a twist in it, no apparent joins and has all sorts of interesting mathematical properties.
You know all those knitting patterns that say to join into the round while being careful not to twist the stitches? Well if you do you’ll end up with a Moebius. Normally this frustrated the heck out of knitters and leads to swearing, eye rolling and frogging of the project. However, a clever cast on by Cat Bordhi changes that somewhat allowing some new and fun possibilities.
With this cast on the Moebius knitting will start at the centre and move outwards in both directions. The ‘twist’ is also built into the cast on and so essentially all you have to do is knit round and round in an endless loop making it perfect for items like cowls and shrugs.
Of course the downside of this is because you’re knitting in both directions one side will be the ‘front’ and one side the ‘back’ so if all you do is knit you’ll end up with half showing the pretty ‘v’ of the knit stitch and half showing the ‘-‘ of purl. Something you need to consider when deciding on the pattern you want to knit. I’ve just been keeping it simple and knitting about 8 rounds of knit then 8 rounds of purl to give a nice banded stripping effect.
I’m rather enjoying knitting these and they make perfect tv knitting when you want to keep your hands active but don’t want to have to think too much. They’re also a fabulous way of using up those leftover odd balls of yarn in the stash.