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I tried to make a Moebius scarf using Cat Bordhi's A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. I failed to check the cast-on carefully for only one twist, and it ended up as a scarf with one side but three half twists instead of one.

I used one skein of Mountain Colors handpainted "Mountain Goat" worsted weight yarn, 55% mohair and 45% wool, and #8 needles. This made a scarf with about a 65" circumference and 5" wide (ribbed). The yarn is absolutely luscious - soft, light, warm, and developing a lovely halo.

I finished it with an applied I-cord edging of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK, 80% alpaca and 20% silk. This yarn feels lovely but is very delicate. If you knit with the brand-new yarn it's OK, but if you frog it and try to knit with it again, it starts splitting very easily. It's hard to tink and impossible to un-knot. I won't be buying it again.








I haven't given up on Cat Bordhi's Moebius cast-on, but the first Moebius scarf I made used a different method for casting on (you cast on half the stitches and then pick up from the bottom edge for the next half...not sure if I'm explaining that very clearly) and I didn't have the problem of extra twists. Also Bordhi's cast-on, because it is over two cables, is either very tight to knit into or produces a loose center to your Moebius strip. A lot of Bordhi's projects are felted in which case the loose center wouldn't matter.

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karenkay
Apr. 1st, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I accidentally started making some Moebius socks the other day. It took me 12 rows to figure out what I was doing! So I understand the extra twist issue.

However, I think it's a lovely scarf--I like the colors and the stitch pattern a lot.
firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Moebius socks!

Thanks! The only problem with the three-twist version is that it doesn't lie as flat as the one-twist.
karenkay
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, Mobius socks don't really work, so I had to start over.

I suppose the three twists bring up the length, too.
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firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: Infinite loop
You will be assimilated into the Knitting Borg...
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firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Thanks!
pir_anha
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: moebius moebius moebius
not my colours, but it looks very pretty and interesting.
firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: moebius moebius moebius
Thanks! What are your colors?
pir_anha
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: moebius moebius moebius
*heh*.

it's maybe easier to specify what are not my colours because i actually like a lot of colours, depending on my mood.

but bluish reds and purples are not among them. i like my reds on the yellow side of the spectrum (except i don't like strong oranges either). once the purples start turning towards the darker blue side, i like them better again, but mostly just as an accent colour. don't like neon colours much. pastels leave me mostly cold, though i don't hate them like i hate magenta.

teals and turquoises are good. also earth tones. black. greys. fire engine red.
tedesson
Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I like the extra twists!

The first moebius scarf I made, I knit in garter stitch crosswise, then added the twist when I sewed it up. I found the single twist added just enough take up for it to be a nice hood + neck warmer.

I love math + knitting.
firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! Adding the twist at the end is the most efficient method, I think, but it's fun to watch the thing grow in two directions from a central cast-on.

I really love math + knitting. The only math-oriented topic I liked in school was geometry so it makes sense.
porcinea
Apr. 2nd, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, excellent! I have never managed that cast-on -- am still trying.
firecat
Apr. 2nd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can show it to you at Wiscon...
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