Friday, March 13, 2009

New Free Store Pattern: Easy Mobius Capelet



Easy Mobius Capelet Pattern by Haley Waxberg

Download FREE pattern HERE
The pattern is very simple, fast, and satisfying for time when you just need to produce something FAST. It is knit in the round using a really long circular needle and a nifty little cast on just for mobius knitting. To learn this easy new skill you can watch Cat Bohrdi's great Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial on you tube. Cat's instructions are clear and easy to follow and you'll be an expert in no time! The yarn we've used is handpainted. It is soft and has a slight sheen because of it's silk content. Please note that silk has a tendency to grow with wear, so if you want your cowl bigger I suggest you block it bigger and if you want it smaller either subtract some sts from the cast on or reduce your needle size.  That said, the look is big, loose and casual and it's easy to go with the flow of this garment. If you want to make the cowl wider without using more yarn work exclusively in the knit stitch: the cowl won't be reversible but ribbing sucks up yarn.

Size
S(M, L)
To fit 32-34 (36-38, 40-42) inch bust
To fit average North American dress size 4-6(8-10, 12-14)
Sample was made in size large and pinned at the back to fit out size small mannequin

Materials
4 skeins Manos Silk Blend, colour 3119, Adobe (50g, 135m/150yds; 30% silk, 70% extra fine merino wool)
8mm/36" (longer is good) circular needles
1 Stitch Marker

Gauge
holding 2 strands together, in knit 4 rows, purl 4 rows rib
12 sts & 20 r = 4"/10cm

Techniques
Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial by Cat Bohrdi on you tube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many stitches do you cast on initially? Thank you.

Jess and Justin said...

Any recommendations on good circular needles? I bought some cheaper ones at the local craft store and they just kept curling up no matter what I did. I ended up taking them back.

Haley said...

yeah, you get what you pay for. the addi turbos are very good, you can put them in warm water to uncurl them, although you normally don't need to. generally i use the bamboo needles from clover and just use the heat from my hands and some friction to loosen-up the cord.

Jess and Justin said...

Haley, thanks. I'll have to look into those. I tried the hot water trick, which worked for a few minutes, but eventually just curled back up after they cooled down. Wasn't worth the fight. I'll look into both of those you suggested!

Haley said...

if you don't have a knitting store near you that carries good quality needles you could try knitpicks. i've never used their needles since i own a store & don't carry them but they seem to be a notch above craft store quality and the cords are thicker than most. but get the metal, you don't want to put wood in water (and the wood looks cheap, like particle board).