Brigitte, owner of LYS Klose Knit, recently asked if I could come up with a small, free pattern that could help promote the yarns in her new online shop. I’d been playing around with mobius crochet anyway and the project was made all the more appealing when Brigitte gave me a ball of Silky Merino to play with. What follows is a little tutorial/pattern for a lacy, crocheted, mobius cowl. We wanted to keep it to one skein, but it’s easily adaptable for different yardages, weights, and sizes.
H/8 (5 mm) hook
1 skein Malabrigo Silky Wool (150 yds/50 gr)
Begin with a “chainless” single crochet foundation. I chained 80, which gave me a cowl about 18″ in circumference, but any multiple of 4 will work for this stitch pattern. If you wanted to adapt this pattern for a shawl, measure around your shoulders not-too-loosely, not-too-tightly, and figure out the multiple of 4 chains that will give you the nearest fit.
To make a chainless sc foundation, start by chaining 2.
Insert the hook into the second ch from the hook…
*yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops on the hook (in other words, work a single crochet stitch).
See that loop with the big arrow pointed at it? Insert the hook there in the direction of the arrow and repeat from * until you’ve made whatever multiple-of-4 number of single crochets that you want.
You should have a chain that looks like this.
Now you’re going to join the two ends of the chain, giving it just one twist (180º) along the way so the the top and bottom of one end meet up with the bottom and top of the other end. (Not sure if it’s really clear from the photo but give it a try and see what you come up with.)
Row 1: Ch3 (turning ch), [2dc, 1 ch, 2 dc] in 5th ch from hook, *sk 3 ch, [2dc, 1 ch, 2dc] in next ch, rep from * to last 2 ch, sl st into trn ch to join.
Rep this row.
The only tricky thing is that as you’re working into the bottom of the chain, remember to insert the hook under two strands of yarn (one strand will stand out a bit more to tempt you, but go under both).
Continue to work the pattern all the way around the chain. When you get back to the place where the two ends are joined, you should be situated to simply keep going, this time working into the top part of the chain.
When you get back to the beginning (sorry–I didn’t get a photo of this step), join the two ends with a slip stitch, make your turning chain and turn, and work back in the same pattern. Keep going until your cowl is as long as you want it or until you run out of yarn.
Sarah BarbourKnitting and crochet designer/teacher and stay-at-home mother to three lovely little girls. Recently relocated to Oregon from the Illinois and enjoying my new life as a West Coaster.
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