Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crocheted Mobius Scarf

Last week I agreed to write an article about how to crochet a Moebious Scarf. Well, no, I didn't know how, but it's crochet. I've been crocheting for over 60 years, and the internet is overflowing with information. Sure enough, I found several "how to" tutorials and wrote my article featuring the easy way, crochet a strip the length and width you want the scarf, Bring the right top end to the left bottom end and vise versa and sew the ends together. I also discovered that Moebious is the correct AP spelling even though the three dictionaries I checked said it was Mobius. Ahhh, I love writing articles. I learn so much!

OK, article submitted and approved, but the other way kept bugging me.  In my head I couldn't picture it.  I found several free patterns, but when I tried to work them up I didn't like the way they turned out. The one thing all the patterns had in common was "choose a stitch that looks the same on both sides" and none of the patterns did. I decided to use a basic eyelet stitch.  I crocheted the base chain to the length I wanted the scarf, turned and worked in eyelet stitch one row. Then I laid the first row out flat making sure there were no twists and joined the top of the last eyelet stitch to the bottom of the first stitch of the first eyelet chain.  I didn't bother to try to sew up the end at this point.  I just worked the second row along the bottom the the starting chain.

When I reached the end of the starting chain, I was on the outside of the strip directly across from where I started. It finally sunk in! You go around the "circle" twice before you come back the starting point.
In the picture I've shown you three rows.  Two done in gray, one on each side of the starting chain, and one row of black.  Every time I come back the the starting point I'm so pleased with myself I just can't wait to crochet another round.  Yes, I'm easily amused.

Here's a link to the directions that started my quest.  She says she had to turn at each row to keep the Moss Stitch from curling.  I think NOT turning is half the fun, so I just chose a different stitch.  Oh, and I didn't sew up the end of the start row, I just crocheted the other side of it together when I got there.

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