At the 2015 Rose City Yarn Crawl, I saw a lovely cowl at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop, worked up in Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from Bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic, 100gms/154 yds) by owner Cheri Clark. I loved the colors, and how Cheri maximized the impact of the thick/thin yarn with the most basic of textured stitches: garter stitch, strategically placed. I bought a skein in the Cherry Blossom colorway, and this weekend I knit up my own cowl. Cheri told me that her cowl was all knit, in the round, but when she reached a place where the yarn thickened, she purled those stitches, creating occasional garter stitch texture. I decided to make my version a Moebius cowl, and here is how I did it, if you would like to make one, too.
The ball band recommends size 9 US, but for a cowl, needle size doesn’t matter overmuch. Moebius cast-on requires a circular needle at least 40″ long, and the longer they are, the better. I prefer to use a 60″ circular needle length, and this is basically the only use I have for it. Therefore, my stash of 60″ circs is pretty thin, and I worked with what I had, sized 10 1/2 US. With Cat Bordhi’s Moebius cast on method, I cast on sts until my needle was full when circled as she directs. I have absolutely no idea how many sts I ended up with – it was a lot of them! Then I started knitting, and purling whenever I reached a thick section. It was terrific for practicing my Continental knitting technique! With the Moebius cast-on, your first row ends up in the middle of the fabric. I’ve left the cast on end un-buried so that you can see this.
Cat recommends making sure that you only have 1 twist in the project, but I put 2 in mine, just for fun. It worked out great, and just made the fabric a little more twisty.
I worked until the ball was getting small enough to make me nervous about running out of yarn for the bind-off, which requires a LOT of yarn. I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off, which creates a very nice edging. Wet-blocked and laid out to dry, and I was done! The entire project took just a few hours of mindless knitting time.
If you want to use all of your yarn for the cowl and not stress about the bind-off, I recommend knitting until you run out of yarn (the beginning of the row doesn’t matter, you can end anywhere) and bind off with a different skein of coordinating yarn. This would make the edge a design element and show off the Moebius construction.