When I signed up for Cat Bordhi‘s Moebius workshop, I had only the vaguest idea of what a Moebius actually is. Wikipedia describes it as “a surface with only one side.” In knitting, I knew of it from intriguing shawls, scarves and cowls that look like strips with a twist in the middle.
The picture below shows the surpise supplies that greeted us in the workshop. No, the apple is not a lilliputian variety – I just put in in the photos for scale to show that the ball of yarn is really, really huge!
I couldn’t understand, why the giant yarn? Turns out the big yarn and big needles are just right for learning the special Moebius Cast-On. It also helps when creating a new design – it means fewer stitches to rip out when the unexpected happens. See the variegated yarn in the center of the work? That, oddly enough, is the cast on that Cat so brilliantly teaches. Yes, the knitting starts in the center and works outward! This is just the beginning of where the design process is turned on its head.
Here’s the strip I made to start conceptualizing how to create a pattern for the Moebius shape. Not only does it start in the center, but also patterns that slant one way in the beginning slant the other way when they come around the second half of the knitting.
If this sounds like gobbledy-gook, I can highly recommend Cat’s workshops. She also has a terrific YouTube video called “Intro to Moebius Knitting.”
My Moebius design will soon appear in… well, the Really Big Project that I can’t talk about yet.