Monday, December 22, 2008

Snowy Day Moebius Neckwarmer/Hood



Snowy Day Moebius Neckwarmer/Hood

I like the concept of a moebius strip, kind of a circle without an end, so a few years ago I made a moebius shawl. I started to make a moebius scarf this year, and it turned into this.

This pattern will work with any hook size and yarn.

I used 2 skeins of Red Heart Soft yarn and a J hook.

Stitches used:

Ch (chain)

Sc (single crochet)

Dc (double crochet)

Pattern:

Chain an even number of stitches. The chain should fit around your face loosely if you want to use it as a hood as well.(My chain was about 32 inches long.) If you just want a neck warmer, make a chain that fits comfortably over your head, or even larger if you want a looser cowl.

Join the ends of the chain together with a ss, being careful not to twist the chain.

Row 1: Chain 3, sc in same chain as joining, skip a stitch, + dc, sc both in next chain, skip a chain+ repeat from + to+ until you get back to where you started. Last chain should be unworked. Skip that chain and turn the work so that you can continue the pattern in the other side of the foundation chain. Continue in pattern +dc, sc both in same chain, skip a chain+ until you get back to the first ch 3. You should have one chain left unworked at the end. Skip that chain and join with a ss to the beginning ch 3.

You have worked one row, but it will look like you have done two rows because you have worked into both sides of the foundation chain. The turn creates the twist. After a few rounds you should clearly see a twist developing, although it should be apparent right away.

Row 2 and following: Ch 3 and turn. (you will be working in the opposite direction from the last row.) sc in same stitch as beginning ch 3, skip a stitch, +dc, sc both into next stitch, skip a stitch+ repeat from + to + until you get back to beginning ch 3. Join to top of ch 3 with a ss. Again you have worked around both sides of the neckwarmer.

Turn and work in the opposite direction for each row. All stitches are worked into the DC’s of the previous row, and the sc’s are always skipped.

Continue with row 2 until the neckwarmer is the size you want it to be. You can make this just big enough to be a neck warmer or you can make it longer and pull it up over your head as a hood.

I finished mine with a row of single crochet, but this is optional.

My 20 year old daughter suggested that this would make a nice accessory worn with a sweater.

If you made this larger it would work as a cowl, or still larger and it could be a shawl or capelet.

You can make this with other stitch patterns, as long as they are reversible. Half of your stitches will be upside down in the finished item. Some stitch patterns won’t require you to turn your work at the end of every row, and you can just keep working in the same direction.


For this fit, I started with a chain about 32 inches long, approximately 170 chains the way I crochet. Mine is about 14 inches in height, which is where I ran out of yarn. If you just want it for a scarf, 7 inches is ample.

Pattern is untested, except by myself. Please let me know if something is unclear, or you find a mistake.
You may sell one or two items made from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern or publish it anywhere else. Please link to the pattern if you post a picture elsewhere.


29 comments:

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    1. It will be my second i guess it will make a great christmas gift , YES its definintely worth trying!

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  2. Hi :)

    I just printed this out to work on but I don't understand something at the very start where it says "sc both in next chain".

    Does that mean I do a DC, then an SC in the same stitch.. then skip one stitch, do another DC/SC in the next stitch, skip one, and repeat around?

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  3. Yes, you have described it correctly. Do both a DC and a SC in the same chain or stitch.
    The pattern is really just a DC and SC together in every other stitch.
    You an make this in any stitch pattern you like, just as long as it looks the same both right side up and upside down.

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  4. Ohh! Thank you so much :)

    Going to go dig out some yarn then! I did some practice with some dishcloth cotton but though I'd come ask before really giving it a true shot :)

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  5. I'm glad to help. Hope you can figure it out. I am an inexperienced pattern writer!
    Feel free to ask more questions if you need to.

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  6. for this fit how many did you ch? just because this looks to be the perfect size

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  7. I started with approximately 170 chains. (I had to go back and count them, and it's a little difficult to be sure with that twist in there.) My beginning chain was about 32 inches in length, which fit loosely around my face.
    Mine is just under 14 inches in height, which is where I ran out of yarn. That turned out to be a good size though.

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  8. any worsted weight yarn would work too i would think. and same with bulkier or mohair yarns with additions and subtractions of sts. and the width etc.
    wicked pattern :D bet it is sooooo warm.
    cheers

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  9. Yes, this will work with any yarn, also with any stitch that looks the same upside down. The first one I made was simply all DC.
    You can even make this concept into a shawl by making a much longer starting chain.

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  10. I was wondering if in row two do you work the opposite side of the chain as in row one, then join with slip stitch in chain three. (like in the first row) email: darlean.king@ssa.gov I am a confused. No mention of opposite side in row two but there is a comment "again you have worked both sides of the neckwarmer" does this mean "the Chain" or the garmet? I am having a problem with the "twist" part...

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  11. Row one continues along the opposite side of the chain as well. When you get to where you started the first round, just give the piece a half twist to get it into position for continuing in pattern along the opposite side of the starting chain. Join the round where you started at the very beginning.

    Once you have established row one, you will no longer need to think about going along both sides of the starting chain, it will just keep "flowing" that way. Eventually you will see the twist more prominently.

    Each new row starts with a chain three, (counts as a DC), and is worked all the way around both sides of the starting chain.

    You may want to try it with a shorter starting chain just to get the hang of it.

    (I have also emailed you with this answer and a little more information.)

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    1. A also don't quite get it! I get row one, but when I get around to the "join to top of ch3" at the end of row two I am on the opposite side and the rows don't match up together! (am I suppose to twist the work again?) Maybe you could email me more information too.........thanks
      nomad3@mycomspan.com

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  12. Here are two other mobius scarf patterns that include pictures of the process of creating the twist:
    http://www.enfys.me.uk/freemoebius.htm (you need to scroll down)
    http://home.comcast.net/~gandal195/MoebiusShawlPattern.htm

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  13. I GOT IT! I have been so conditioned to crochet in verticle, horizontal, and circle directions that anything that deviated from those caused a problem. Thank-you so much for the introduction to figure 8/Moebius crocheting. It adds a new "plane" for me. I am enjoying making your headwarmer and now I can make other beautiful items too. One thing I had to do was to put a stitch marker at the beginning chain three and make sure I go back to that spot to end/begin the round. I like your pattern because it looks custom made(the moebius really makes it lay different) as oppose to the regular circle. Its looking gorgous. Thanks again for you assistance, suggestions, and for the pattern.

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  14. I'm so glad you got it!! It took me a while to figure it out when I first tried this technique, but once i got it, I couldn't believe how easy it was.

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  15. Hi, I'm not sure I'm getting this? Am I twisting this everytime I come around or just the first time? Love the scarf!

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  16. Debbie, if you get the twist right the first time around, you just keep stitching and the twist automatically keeps going.
    If you read through the comments you will find one that includes a couple of links to other patterns that also use the technique and include some helpful photographs.

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  17. This looks fun. Can I clarify though that these are US stitches, as I will need to convert the pattern to UK if so!

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  18. Yes, pattern is in US terminology.

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  19. LOVE LOVE this pattern! Thank you so much, it builds so quickly and is easily read for a beginner like me. Thank so much for providing this pattern for free, I appreciate it!

    I made one for myself in a rich wine color. Thanks again.

    Kayla

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  20. Quick question... I'm wondering if in the second row, should my stitches be in the dc or the sc stitch from the previous row? Thank you :)

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    1. I did them into the DC stitches of the previous row, but I don't know if it would really matter just as long as you always do them into the same type of stitch.

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  21. Very nice. I'm amused at the modeling . . .

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  22. 12-26-12 Thank you for the pattern. Owned a yarn shop from 1951-2009 in Colorado. General information on yarn substituting if you dont find a color you want in a certain weight (worsted, sport etc.)
    2 strands of baby equal 1 strand of sport, 2 strands of sport equal one of worsted,2of worsted equals 1 of bulky.So 4 baby strands equal 1 of worsted.You can gachieve some amazing garmets by doing this.

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  23. When I connect row three to the beginning chain, will I have a tube like hole? Do you have instruction pictures?

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    1. You will have a space, although I don't know if I would call it tubelike. I sewed it up when I was working in the ends. I do not have any pictures of the möbius in progress and to be truthful, my photography skills are so lousy that they probably would not help. However, if you read through the comments you will notice links to a couple of patterns that show pictures of the twisting technique.

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  24. Hi, this is such a nice moebius scarf. Could you tell me how much chains I should crochet for a circumference of 26"? Because when I measure loosely around my face I get 66 cm (26").
    Thanks for that nice scarf pattern!

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    1. Sorry, I can't tell you that, it depends upon how loose or tight you crochet, and your yarn. I chained enough to loosely fit around my face. The pattern will work on any even number of chains.
      I haven't made this pattern since I published it, so I don't remember how many chains I started with.

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