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Faux Mobius Infinity Scarf

At top, the cast on with a twist. Below, the finished scarf.

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This mobius scarf or infinity scarf is a great introduction to the concept of mobius knitting. It doesn't use any difficult skills to make the inside-out shape; in fact, you might have accidentally made a mobius in this way before not knowing that it was actually a design feature!

Because of this it isn't a true mobius, but it's still a lot of fun to knit and less intimidating for newer knitters.

Materials:

  • one skein of Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool, or about 165 yards of any bulky weight yarn of your choice
  • one set of size 10.5 US (6.5 mm) circular knitting needles, 24 inches in length
  • stitch marker
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical, but I got 14 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch Eyelet pattern

Size:

Finished mobius is 6 inches wide and about 40 inches around. To fit most people.

Making the Mobius:

To begin making your infinity scarf, cast on 130 stitches. Join in the round, making sure that there's a twist in the stitches somewhere, as pictured near the end of the needle on the left-hand side of the top picture.

Place a stitch marker to indicate the end of the round.

Once you've cast on and joined your work in the round, it's time to work the pattern. The first row will feel pretty awkward as you push the twist around the needle, but after a couple of rounds it will be smooth sailing.

The pattern is Garter Stitch with an eyelet round, but remember, to work Garter Stitch in the round you must knit one round and purl one round.

  1. To begin, knit a round, purl a round. Repeat these two rounds.
  2. Next round, *yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
  3. Purl the next round, then knit a round, purl a round, knit a round, purl a round.
  4. Repeat the eyelet round.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until piece measures about 5.25 inches or width of your choice.
  6. Purl a round, knit a round, purl a round. Bind off in knit.

Wearing Your Mobius:

Mobius scarves or infinity scarves are big in fashion, but what's the right way to wear them? You have a few different options with this chunky scarf:

  • wear it straight around your neck like a regular scarf, with the twist at the front or to one side
  • wrap it twice around your neck (it will be a little snug and very warm if knit with wool
  • fold it in half before you put it on for a skinnier look
  • wear it across your shoulders
  • slip it over your head before going out in the cold

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