Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blue Wave Mobius Cowl

I knit my first cowl a couple of months ago and absolutely love it!  It helps to keep my neck warm, but then, when I start to overheat, I can fling it off (which one can not (well, should not) do with turtlenecks in public).  I found the pattern in a Knit Scene Easy magazine which I had bought to try to encourage my teenage daughters to learn to love to knit.  It didn't work so well at that, but I found some cute projects!

I love the premise of this cowl - knit a rectangle, twist it, and then sew it up half way.  A half-mobius scarf, if you will.  I wanted to explore this form in something other than garter stitch and I wanted something smaller.

I started searching online for reversible cable patterns.  I found references, but nothing exactly fitting my desires.  I wanted something that was the same on both sides, not just something that looked good on both sides!

Blue Wave Mobius Cowl

Yarn: 100 g fingering weight (I used Whimsical Colors Cashmere Bliss, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon in the Blue Seas colorway)
Needles: 3mm (US 2 1/2) (straights, circular, whatever!)
Finished Size:  9" x 21"

Stitch pattern:
Row 1 & 2: K1, P1, (K1, P3, K1, P1, K3, P1) repeat until last 2 stitches, K2
Row 3 & 4: K1, P1, (K1, P3, K1, P1, CB3, P1) repeat until last 2 stitches, K2
** CB3:  3 stitch cable - Slip stitch purlwise onto cable needle in front of your work, K2, K1 from cable needle **

Cast on 94 stitches (multiple of 10, plus 4).  Repeat rows 1-4 until the scarf is about 21 inches long.  Cast off all stitches - leaving a tail of about 20 inches to use to sew it up.

Now lay out your rectangle and take the right side and twist it (your scarf should look the same on both sides, so it does not matter which side is up).

 Then fold the two short edges together (it doesn't not matter which way you fold it, it all turns out the same):
Using your long tail from the cast off, sew up the short edge together - but only sew up half the short edge, leaving the other half open.  Weave in the ends of your yarn.  Wear it or give it as a gift to someone you love!


  1. Hi Julie,

    I love your pattern and would like to make one but I don't know what "CB3" is in rows 3 and 4.



  2. OOOh, thank you for catching this, so sorry, I meant to put a note at the top explaining CB3 and clearly forgot to. By CB3, I mean to slip 1 stitch in front of your work onto a cable needle, knit 2, then knit 1 from cable needle.

  3. Thanks for the explanation, sizing, and lay-out of the cowl. And I like your cable fabric. I'll try it as my next project.