Last week I sent off the sample knit for my very first sweater design. It won’t be out for several months (at least), so I can’t share photos … but let’s just say I’m VERY happy with how it turned out, and I have high hopes that knitters everywhere will love it to pieces.
This week I’m working on two smaller projects: möbius cowls. The first pattern is done and ready for testing. Dear reader, do you have 4-5 hours to spare in the next two weeks, and a deep desire for your very own möbius cowl? Then this project is for you! I’ll email you a test version of the pattern, you supply the yarn and mad knitting skillz. You get to keep your finished object, and earn my undying gratitude ;).
Clewe: A Mobius Cowl
Design details: This cowl is knit from a true möbius cast-on. The two-sided staggered rib pattern is comprised simple knit and purl stitches. Made with chunky yarn on large needles, this is a fast and easy knit, once the cast-on has been conquered.
The pattern was designed to resemble the Minotaur’s Labyrinth. Like the hero Theseus, knitters follow their own “clew” (ball of yarn) to escape the Labyrinth. This cowl was designed especially for the Granite State Knit-In XX at Loon Mountain.
Number of Testers: 3-4
Sizes: one size fits most; appx 20” around and 4.5” wide
Approximate Hours to Complete: 4-5 hours
Deadline: Tues, May 10th (some flexibility)
Tools needed: size #10 circs (32”)
Gauge: 14 sts/28 rows = 4” in Labyrinth pattern
Material needed: about 70 yards of bulky yarn (prototype took just over half of the 100-g skein)
Pattern Difficulty: intermediate; skills needed include knit, purl, mobius cast-on, knitting on circs
Formats Available: PDF
Pattern Style: charted pattern with full written instructions
Testing needs: Check pattern for ease of understanding; error check Labyrinth Pattern (both chart and written version)