Monday, March 20, 2006

April 6 1-3 pm
Sherry Robinson

Knit A Magical Moebius

Learn Cat Bordhi’s magical way to cast on and knit a moebius scarf in one continuous shape, with only one edge and no seams what so ever. Does it sound mysterious? Discover how to do this for yourself.

Note: After you cast on and knit the first round, the rest of the scarf is simply knitting – even though, because of the magical nature of the cast on, the finished scarf will appear to be half stockinette and half reverse stockinette.

Skills: Students must know how to knit

Text: A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi

Supplies: You will be knitting a Moebius scarf, for which you will need:

Yarn: approximately 245 yards of a yarn that will drape nicely (1 skein of Mountain Colors Merino Ribbon yarn knit on size 10 needles will give you a scarf approximately 11” wide and 45” around). The actual amount of yarn your scarf will use will depend on how long and wide you want it to be, and what your gauge is. This scarf will roll on the edge so you will want to knit it wider to accommodate the roll.

Needles: one 60” long circular needle in size to get the gauge you want (see Homework). Hint: A looser knit gives more drape than a tight knit.

Standard Knitting Supplies: Just your yarn, needle and either a crochet hook or blunt tip darning needle for weaving in your 2 ends.

Skills & techniques:
*Cat’s method for casting on and knitting the first round of a Moebius scarf
*A very elastic bind off

Homework: Before you come to class you need to choose your drapey yarn, decide how long you want your scarf to be, and knit a gauge swatch that gives you the texture and feel you want in your finished scarf. Your gauge will determine how many stitches you’ll cast on so count carefully. (You can knit your gauge swatch on a shorter needle than the 60” you’ll knit your scarf on.)

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