Checkered Moebius

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NOTE: I have since had the pattern tested and tech edited and it is now available for sale.

I've been thrilled by the responses to my first pattern, the Mossy Rib Cowl. Since its release on October 7, it's been downloaded almost 400 times and, even better, several people have posted Ravelry Projects.  Very exciting for a beginning designer!

Today I'm releasing a new free pattern, the Checkered Moebius. Moebius knitting is another of those "seems complex, but isn't really" techniques that I love so much. When you knit a moebius, you need to use a very long circular needle to casting on pairs of stitches. The knitting spreads from the middle out.

If you've never made a moebius before, have no fear! This video tutorial by moebius master Cat Bohdi will get you on the right track quickly.

Mossy Rib Cowl

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NOTE: I have since pulled this pattern for testing and tech editing, and will be offering it for sale.

I'm so excited to publish my very first pattern, the Mossy Rib Cowl as a free download on Ravelry!

I created this cowl to showcase the beauty of the Alpaca Pure I purchased at Purl Soho this summer. Something this soft deserves to be worn close to the skin, and a cowl makes use of every last yard of this luxurious (and expensive) fiber.

This design is appropriate for the advanced beginner or intermediate knitter because it calls for a provisional cast-on and invisible finishing with the kitchener stitch. There are great tutorials online for both these techniques. I used the crochet provisional cast-on from Arenda Holladay's blog.  Arenda's blog is one of my favorite sources for learning new techniques. She's a wonderful teacher.  To learn the kitchener stitch, I highly recommend Craftsy's free online class,  Ins & Outs of Grafting, taught by Anne Hanson.

The actual knitting is easy - just knits and purls - and goes quickly. There's plenty of time to knit one (or more) up for a special holiday gift - maybe for yourself!