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Mobius Knitting Cast On Photo Tutorial

Mobuis Knitting Cast On Photo Tutorial

What is a mobius? A model can easily be created by taking a paper strip and giving it a half-twist, and then joining the ends of the strip together to form a loop. A line drawn starting from the seam down the middle will meet back at the seam but at the "other side". If continued the line will meet the starting point and will be double the length of the original strip. Notice how if you drag your finger across the edge, you will never find a beginning and end, but rather touch the top AND bottom edge in a figure 8 loop? It is fascinating to me. For knitting purposes, I prefer to use a reversible stitch pattern when making a mobius since you will see both sides due to the half twist.

For years, I prefered to knit a rectangle (like a small scarf), and twist and seam it to create a mobius. Recently, I was researching the easiest way to do a mobius cast on and found some great tutorials online in video format and illustrations as well. I had to instruct an editor how to do it in a pictorial demonstartion via email this week and thought: why not share my photos here for a tutorial as well? If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!


1: Make a slip knot and slip it onto the right hand needle, but only the needle, not the cables. Notice the way the cable is wrapped around into a circle and the needle positions. This is important for the entire cast on technique.

 

 2. Sliding your slip knot to the right (over both needle and cord) as you go, wrap ball of yarn through the loop of the cord, up and around the needle and back to its original position above your hands (like photo).

3. Continue making the same wrap around needle and cord, but pay close attention that you are wrapping very loosely, because when the loops end up to the right as you go, and are only wrapped around 2 cords (not needle and cord) they will become too tight to pass over the needle later on if wrapped to tightly. This is an important and crucial tip to pay close attention.

4. Almost there! If you are following a specific patttern, obviously you would be counting your stitches. I am doing this for demonstration purposes, so I am going to continue to wrap the yarn around until I have worked all the way around to the left hand needle. If I HAD to, I could spread these stitches out and make it work at this point for a narrower mobius. 

5. Knit into the slip knot first. Then proceed to knit into the top of all of the loops, and sliding them to the righthand needle and cord as you go.

6. Knitting into the top of the loops and sliding the loops to the right hand needle and cord.

7. When you reach around to the slip knot again, you will continue to work the same, original loops, but from the bottom loop (which will appear as the top loop now). Note: however many loops you created originally, you actually created double stitches because you are working into the top and bottom of the stitches. Meaning we started in the center of the mobius and we are working rounds in a figure 8 shape, working the top edge and bottom edge simultaneously, working from the center out to both edges.

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