I picked up a gorgeous skein of Malabrigo Rasta from Three Bags Full’s January post-Boxing Day sale. It was 10% or 15% off so I saved a couple dollars after taxes. I’ve been lusting over the Rasta colours for a long time so it was a good deal in my opinion.
Malabrigo Rasta is super soft, so I knew I wanted a cowl. We’d had a recent cold snap and I decided to look around for some bulky cowl patterns. Rasta only has 90 yards so I actually found a Bulky Moebius Cowl that called for Rasta. [My Ravelry Project Page]
To start I watched Cat Bordhi’s Intro to Moebius Knitting (Cast-On) video on YouTube. So helpful! I don’t think I would have understood written instructions for the moebius cast on.
Basically this is a diagram of how you keep knitting in a moebius circle. The cowl grows from the centre outwards so my cast on is actually in the middle of the cowl and my cast off is the entire edge.
Ta da! It was a really quick knit. The pattern is pretty much knit 4 rows, purl 4 rows because if you knit it all the moebius would have a stockinette side and a purl-only side and it would be very obvious. This patterns allows the moebius cowl to have no discernible front or back side—it’s reversible.
The only problem is that the moebius has a very long cast-off edge and so I ran out of yarn. I was able to use my long-tail cast on for part of it, and then I had to improvise. I had some leftover Malabrigo worsted that Chelle had given me (she can’t knit with animal fibres) and so I held it tripled for the final cast off stitches.
Overall I love the cowl and get compliments every time I wear it. The one time I was embarrassed was when I was wearing it downtown during a hockey night. I’m not a sports person at all, but the blue and green in the cowl (first 4 photos have accurate colour) are also the Vancouver Canucks colours…. I felt a bit like a bandwagon-jumper.