Amazing Moebius

Victorian Grace Moebius - appox 250 grs Malabrigo worsted.  One of the possible projects from Saturdays's Class.

Victorian Grace Moebius – appox 250 grs Malabrigo worsted. One of the possible projects from Saturdays’s Class.

Saturday I taught a class on the Cat Bordi Moebius Cast-on.  I have taught this particular cast-on a few times in the past.

Once at the Retreat (2012) and a few times right after Cat Bordi’s books, Treasury of Magical Knitting and Second Treasury of Magical Knitting were released.

The Moebius class is always a fun class because of it’s focus on a fun technique.

What is a Moebius?

A Moebius Strip created from a piece of paper - from Wikipedia!

A Moebius Strip created from a piece of paper – from Wikipedia!

It is a mathematical concept discovered in the late 1800’s by two scientists working independently of each other.  Like the wheel, like knitting, it was it’s time to be discovered.

Above is  Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge.  Wikipedia

One type of Moebius – the scarf –  in knitting is often called an Infinity Scarf.  It can be created a couple of different ways.  The most common and easiest method of creation is by knitting a basic scarf and giving it a half twist before sewing the two end together.  Just like the piece of paper above.

If you give the scarf a full twist it will no longer be a Moebius and it will just be twisted.

And why is Cat Bordi’s Technique so interesting?

Sage Rhythm Wrap from the Treasury of Magical Knitting.  Garter st and Drop st to create a reversible fabric.

Sage Rhythm Wrap from the Treasury of Magical Knitting. Garter st and Drop st to create a reversible fabric.

Cat Bordi must have an amazing mind, to come up with such a unique cast-on and create a totally new way of looking at the way we knit!  Elizabeth Zimmermann once said that there is nothing truly new in knitting – new things to us are usually “unvented”, and just recently re-discovered!  Cat Bordi truly “invented” something new and added to the body of work that is Knitting.

The Moebius cast-on resembles a modified provisional cast-on; but is not provisional and becomes the two center rounds of your garment.  Like some cast-on’s, provisional or otherwise this cast-on is “un-tensioned” and requires patience for the first half of the round of knitting – the second half of the round is easy.  From the Moebius cast-on, like any other cast-on, a knitter can knit almost any kind of stitch and create a unique garment.

Cat Bordi's free Moebius Pattern - a simple, classic collar.

Cat Bordi’s free Moebius Pattern – a simple, classic collar.

Be prepared – each half of the curve is the mirror image of the other half.  For example; if every round after the cast-on is knit, one half of the moebius will appear as stockinet and the other half as reverse stockinet.  Because of this a reversible stitch is recommended for those knitters who want both sides to be visually the same.

Cat Bordi’s Collar Pattern

Cat Bordi's Moebius Collar - a free pattern to try out the technique!

Cat Bordi’s Moebius Collar – a free pattern to try out the technique!

Pop- Art Moebius  - a free pattern of mine for Moebius.

Pop- Art Moebius – a free pattern of mine for Moebius.

A long needle – at least 40″ – I like a 47″ – is required for the cast-on as you will be working with the needles doubled, circled around each other.  Each half round takes one half of the length of the needle.  In reality the round you are working with is only 20″ to 30″ long.

Pop- Art Moebius Pattern

As you knit the Moebius you will see the cords holding the two halves start to separate as each round takes them further from the cast-on and moves them closer to the final edge for cast-off.

The moebius cast-on creates a unique shape that can showcase any type of stitch or knitting technique.

From the Second Treasury of Magical Knitting - a Moebius Bowl

From the Second Treasury of Magical Knitting – a Moebius Bowl

Cat Bordi did not limit her cast-on to infinity scarves alone.  She went on to create some amazing felted bowls and cat beds and other vessels – all starting with the Moebius cast-on.

Once the books were out of print.  Cat Bordi shared the cast-on on You-tube and made sure that it would not be forgotten.

Moebius Swan Tea Cosy

Moebius Swan Tea Cosy - one of Cat Bordi's free Moebius patterns.

Moebius Swan Tea Cosy – one of Cat Bordi’s free Moebius patterns.

If you have never played with this cast-on it is one that is worth exploring as it offers interesting possibilities for the adventurous knitter.  Not hard to do, just trust the instructions and try it out!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Amazing Moebius

  1. heidi says:

    please let me know how to purchase the pattern for the Victorian Grace Mobius!!

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