How to cast on in mobius knitting

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How to cast on in mobius knitting
Casting on for a mobius shape is a simple exercise. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A mobius is a twisted circle that has only one edge. Knitting a mobius circle is a fun challenge for knitters who want to create an eye-catching garment. Knitted mobius scarves and shawls start with the foundation of casting on. A knitter must know how to cast on specifically in order to create the very shape and twist that creates a mobius circle, and the techniques to cast on a mobius shape are very simple.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Circular knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Pattern

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cast the number of stitches required by your pattern onto circular knitting needles using the long-tail method.

  2. 2

    Knit into the loop of yarn below the first cast-on stitch. Normally, you would knit into the first cast-on stitch.

  3. 3

    Knit into the loop of yarn below each cast-on stitch, all the way around back to the beginning of the row.

  4. 4

    Knit into each cast-on stitch as normal.

  5. 5

    Finish the pattern as normal. Your circular knitting will have a mobius twist.

  1. 1

    Cast the number of stitches called for by your pattern onto circular knitting needles using the long-tail method.

  2. 2

    Lay your circular needles flat on a table, and look at the cast-on stitches to see that the stitches are not twisted.

  3. 3

    Use your fingers to twist a section of the cast-on stitches 4 inches from the end of the row. Basically, spin the section of stitches once in a full circle around the knitting needle.

  4. 4

    Join the cast-on stitches just as you would normally, by knitting into the first stitch on the left circular needle.

  5. 5

    Knit in the round to complete the pattern. The mobius twist will become visible after a few rounds.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not panic if you do not see the mobius twist right away, or if knitting in the round with a mobius twist feels wrong. Knit a few more rounds and the knitting will take care of itself.
  • Knit Culture reminds us that the mobius scarf is "great for both men and women and almost impossible to lose!"
  • Make sure to twist the cast-on stitches only one time for Version B. More than one twist will not produce a mobius shape.

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