Mobius Infinity Cowl: A Knitting Recipe | Jill Tarabar | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Mobius Infinity Cowl Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 Choose Yarn & Needle Size

    • 3. Lesson 2 Determine Gauge

    • 4. Lesson 3 Provisional Crochet Cast On

    • 5. Lesson 4 (optional) Add Beads to your Cowl

    • 6. Lesson 5 Add a Mobius Twist

    • 7. Lesson 6 Kitchener Stitch & You're Done!

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A Mobius strip, by definition, is a single-edged geometric surface with only one continuous side. Bring geometry to life with this deceptively easy-to-knit cowl which can double as a hood or even a shawl... Mathematical Art!

Together, we will knit a Mobius Infinity Cowl step by step, mastering new knitting skills such as Provisional Crochet Cast-on, Adding Beads as you knit, and creating an Invisible Kitchener Stitch seam.














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Jill Tarabar

Graphic Designer by day. Fiber Artist by night.


me in a nutshell:
mom of 2 great young adults
wife of a wonderful husband
graphic designer by day
fiber and glass artist by night
somewhat obsessed by the creative process
blessed (or cursed) by fearless creativity...

I have been knitting for as long as I can remember, learning from my mother and grandmother. Always searching for an interesting project or technique, unusual fiber or stitch pattern. I've knit with yarn, wire and up-cycled yarn from old t-shirts (watch for a future Skillshare class on this technique!) My largest project by far was designing and knitting the Chuppah for my son's wedding.

I've also spent a number of years working with Stained Glass, designing jewelry boxes, picture frames and more. Ultimately, my goal is to someh... See full profile

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1. Mobius Infinity Cowl Introduction: My name is Jill Terrebonne. I'd like to share with you today my recipe for a Mobius infinity cow. Mobius, by definition, is a single edged geometric shape with one continuous side, one of the things that makes math cool. This is a quick knit pattern that is great for a beginner knitter, someone who hasn't knitted in quite a while or an experienced knitter, or especially great for someone like me with a very short attention span, I won't be teaching you to net, so I do ask that you have some knitting knowledge you should feel comfortable holding your dirty needles on. Be able to accomplish a knit stitch. Other than that, all techniques will be demonstrated through the Siris of class videos. We will be learning Crash a provisional cast on placing beads as we need it on the kitchen or stitch weaving technique. And I'm gonna ask you to be brave when it comes to ignoring the label that comes with your yard. We are going to ignore the size needle it recommends, and we're going to ignore the gauge. It recommends instead will be playing with Gage and different needle sizes to create a loose and drapey fabric. Why do I call this a recipe rather than a pattern? As with any good recipe, you want to understand the proportions, but then have the ability to embellish to change things as you go on. Really enjoy the process. In addition to enjoying the final product, please join me as we knit together on this Mobius knitting adventure. 2. Lesson 1 Choose Yarn & Needle Size: Hello. Thanks for enrolling in my class. Let's get started. We have two decisions to make. In this lesson. We will pick a yard and we will pick a needle size. This project could be net with any weight or style of yarn. Have created some examples here that demonstrate how different weights and textures of yarn ended up using the recommended needles on mega sized needles. Yarns with lost, such as this beautiful silver gray mohair, fill in the space between the large stitches, while a smoothie are Hnida knits up to a more open mash. If you're new to knitting with such large needles, I would suggest beginning with a smoother yarn. I've chosen this smooth, heavy worsted weight yard as it will be easier for you to see each stitch and technique you're in. Label suggests size 5 to 8 knitting needles, but I will be using size 19 now that you picked yarn and needle size. Let's move on to lesson to where we will need a test gauge and determine how many stitches to cast on for our Mobius Cal project. 3. Lesson 2 Determine Gauge : Now let's determine gauge and how many stitches to cast on for your project. In order to do this, one must first knit attests. Watch using your yard and large needles cast on 20 stitches and knit about 20 rows of garter stitch knitting every row. Does the fabric feel loose and flowy? If not, start over with a larger needle if it feels too loose, changed to a smaller needle. Once you have a square that you like, bind off and let's measure our stitch gauge. Let your swatch on a flat surface opening up the stitches a little on placing a ruler in the middle somewhere. Let the stitches bounce back to where they naturally will fall. We're going to take a ruler and place it in the middle somewhere. That looks good right in the middle. Now we're going to count. How many stitches fall within four inches? 1234567 If you want to double check, move it to another space, another row and let's see where we go There. 1234567 Pretty good. Okay, so I've counted seven stitches to equal four inches. The finished width of our cow will be between 12 and 16 inches. So multiply that number of stitches that you counted in four inches by either three for a 12 inch with or four for 16. Interest with the German. How many stitches to cast on? I've counted seven stitches in four inches and will cast on 28 stitches to begin my cow aiming for a 16 inch width. Let's move on now to lesson number three Provisional Crash A cast on 4. Lesson 3 Provisional Crochet Cast On: Provisional Kirsch. A cast on using waste yarn. A little tricky, but once you've mastered it, you'll love this technique. Choose a waste you are that is similar and wait to your project yard. But a contrast in color. Let's get started. Our first step is to create a slip, not Luke. By wrapping it round your fingers, slide it through to make a loop. Slide that loop over your crush a hook and tighten it a little bit. Next step is to pick up your knitting needle and hold it to the left of your car. Shea Hook parallel with your crush a hook. Wrap the urine around the back of your knitting needle. Bring it to the front of the crash. A hook. Grab that yarn with the hook and pull it through the loop. One stitch made. Let's try that again with the yard behind the knitting needle. Bring it around across the front of the crash. A hook. Pull it through the loop. Two stitches made behind the needle in front of the crash. A hook. Pull it through the loop. Three stitches made. Continue in this matter until you have all the stitches cast on 27 28. Okey dokey. That's as many stitches as I need for my cow. Now the next step is to just pull the loops through, making a little chain stitch two or three stitches for stitches. That's all you really need to hold the end of it. Cut your yard, pull it through to finish it off, and you have completed your crush. A provisional cast on Now that we've complete completed our provisional cast on, it's time to start knitting, each room is the same. You'll start by slipping one stitch Pearl Roy's even on your cast on Roe, then knitting across it to the end of the row. Turn and row to is the same Israel one up slip, your first ditch pearl wise and it across. So as you can see, we've now completed two rows of our cow. We haven't gotten very far. We have our provisional cast on, and we have our 1st 2 rows knitted. Continue knitting in this matter with the same pattern until you reach 28 to 36 inches. Slipped the first stitch Pearl wise net across slipped the perp first stitch pro wise men across. If you choose not to add beads. Skip rightto lesson five. Once you've completed the 36 inches and we will move on to Kitchener Stitch weaving technique. If you do choose to add beads, continue on to lesson for right now because we will put be putting a bead on the next row. See you there. 5. Lesson 4 (optional) Add Beads to your Cowl: If you're like me, the biggest challenge is making decisions. What you are to use and which beads to use. Making decisions is a challenge. Choose a B that is light in weight but has a large enough hole for two strands of yarn. The hall in your bead must be large enough to allow a crush a hook to slide through, grabbed your yarn and pulled a stitch through the hole in the bead. Let's go ahead and add a bead. We've chosen this large rectangular bead with a nice big hole in the middle. It's a good weight of B, but not too heavy. I'm going to slide my kirsch a hook through the hole in the beat, a very easy thing to do with the speed slide, the first stitch off the knitting needle. Using the crash a hook and then from the hook, I slide the bead gently onto that first stitch and placed a stitch back on the needle. Then you simply repeat our stitch pattern. We're going Teoh. Uh, we're going to slight slip. The first stitch pearl lies and it across. We reached the end Growth Ray Turner work and add a bead to the beginning. Row four like to pull on it a little bit. It kind of keeps me going, so I know exactly where I am. You can see the bead at the beginning of Ruth. Right now, we're going to add a bead to the first slip stitch over a four. In the same manner we take our bead, we slide the need the hook than crush a hook through the hole in the bead. We hook the hook around the first stitch, pull it off the needle, slide the bead on and put it back on the needle. Then we simply pearl sleep. The first stitch Pearl wise as with every other row and it across. So as you can see, we've We've completed our 1st 4 rows. We have two rows without beads. Slipped the first digit across, slipped the first, ditching it across the 2nd 2 rows. Row three headed a bead. You could see it here hanging on that slip stitch. Andrew for added a bead. And here it is, hanging on the slip stitch that still attached to the needle. So if you do choose to ed, beats continue in this manner. Um, four row pattern to plane to with the beat of the beginning of each until you've reached 28 to 36 inches. Once you've done that, move on to Lesson five, where we will discuss adding a Mobius Twist and Kitchener stitch weaving technique. See there. 6. Lesson 5 Add a Mobius Twist: Well, as you can see, I've needed to 29 inches. I've added beads on both sides, and now it's time to get started with our final steps. One thing I'd like you to notice is that the point of your native needle is on the same edge as the extra stitch. Extra chain stitches on a provisional cast on If it is not knit one more row. Your point of needle needs to be at the same edge as those extra chain stitch is. Our first step will be to remove the provisional cast on and place those live stitches that are revealed on to our second knitting needle to unravel the extra chain stitches carefully and you'll see the first slip stitch right there. You can see these lives. Stitches. You want to grab them with your knitting needle? There's two. There's three. For now, it's time to add that magical Mobius twist. You see that you have to knitting needles wanted either end, one facing away from you and one facing towards you. You want a lift up your left hand needle. This is the one where you reclaimed your provisional cast on stitches. Pull it towards the right hand needle twisting once and lay it down right in front of the right hand needle you've created. As you can see, we've created a twist. And when we stitch it together using Kitchener Stitch, we will not be able to find the beginning or the end of our continuous Mobius. 7. Lesson 6 Kitchener Stitch & You're Done!: you'll notice once you have twisted your second needle to match up with your first needle that you have a Pearl Ridge just below each needle. That's exactly what you want. A Pearl ridge just below it. Each knitting needle. So the first step in Kitchener Stitch is to measure off 3 to 4 the arts of your working yard and break it off. You want to have your working yarn coming from your the back needle, not the front needle. So my working yard is coming from there and I broke off about four yards of yaar. I'm gonna take a darning needle. Oh, darn ho, ho ho! And I'm going to thread that, Yeah, there's three or four yards, so you will find the kitchen stitches accomplished in four steps. We have a set up step for our 1st 2 stitches. We've got a front needle, steps back, needle steps all the way across, and then we have the concluding steps for our last two stitches. So let's start by picking up the two knitting needles in our left hand. Side by side yard is coming from the back needle. I like to keep my finger between the two to kind of keep them apart. The kind of helps with stability. I'm gonna take my darning needle with yarn, go through the first stitch on the front needle as if to pearl. So I'm coming up from the back of the stitch pulling all of those four yards of yarn through Now on the back needle first, set up stitch on the back needle You're going to go through the first stitch on the back Needle is if to Pearl and also so through leaving all those stitches on the needle. So let's get started. So you deal with the Kitchener Stitch on the front needle one way in the back needle a similar way, and it's kind of like a mantra. Once you get started, you kind of develop a rhythm. So we're going to go through the first stitch on the front needle is if to net, pull it off the needle and go through. The second stitch on the front needle is if to pearl and pull the yarn through one stitch accomplished. Now we're going to go to the back needle, go through the first stitches. If tune it, slide it off the needle and the second stitches, if to pearl and pull your yard through. Okay, so that's two stitches accomplished. Yeah, so then we go back to the front, go into the first needle on the front, stitches if to net, pull it off the needle, go into the second stitches if to pearl and pull your yarn through. And now let me show you what we've accomplished so far. We have created a seam that is almost invisible. It's really hard to see where we were. I guess it's this This row is This is the road were creating. Now we'll go back some. I think I pulled too tight. Others, or to loose, try to keep it fairly loose. We will go back afterwards and even out all the stitches again. Let me demonstrate. First stitches if tune it second stitches. If to pearl. There we go. I'm a front first. Stitches if to net second stitches. If to curl. Now this is the Kitchener Stitch for Garter Stitch. There's a different stitch pattern to be used for stocking net stitch, but we're just working with garter stitch today. So this is the Kitchener Stitch for Garter stuff in the front. First touches. If Dinant second stitches. If to Pearl we're getting towards the end. They're stitches if tune it in the back. Second stitches of to Pearl. Now I have two stitches left on each needle. I'm gonna do again for Stitch, as if to net, Pull it off the needle. Second stitches. If to pearl in my last stitch on the back needle. The same for stitches. If to net second stitches. If to Pearl, then on my last two stitches, I'm going to go into my first stitches if turn it and pull it off the needle and I'm gonna go into by back stitches if tune it and pull it off the needle, Pull the yarn through and we're done. Created a Kitchener stitch. See, men, you can see it's a little uneven, but we will remedy that in a minute. So the last step with Kitchener Stitch is to even out your stitches. This is called snogging. You can see we have some very big stitches. Got some very small stitches. So I've rolled up a towel and placed it inside of our Mobius. In order for you to be able to better see the stitches I found beginning of the Kitchener Stitch, and I'm working my way across each stitch just pulling on that extra yard. Now, this one's pretty small, so I'm gonna make it bigger so that it matches up with the size of the other stitches. And this extra yarn is just gonna be pulled through to the other end. On my last few stitches. We're at the other end of our cow the beginning. Where is it? The end? I don't know. We have two ends. Simply. So those two wins in when you're finished? Yeah. Okay, Tom. Then you have continuous line of garter stitch everywhere you look. Now that you completed your kitchen or stitch you've sown in your ends, let's take a look at your cow. You can see that it does have one continuous edge that goes through and comes out the other side. It has this lovely twist in the middle, and it's a circle, so Well, I hope you've enjoyed meeting your Mobius infinity cow. I'd love to see photos of the yarn and the beads you're working with as well as photos of your finished pieces. If you have any questions along the way. Please do feel free to post them in the discussion section, and I will answer them as soon as possible. Watch for more classes from me. Jill Terra, Bar on skill share in the near future way.