Knitted Möbius strip scarves

Watch a video of me knitting my third Möbius strip scarf, from the centre outwards.

Being both a maths geek and yarn obsessed when I found out that it was possible to knit a Möbius strip without doing a join I just had to try it for myself. I used Linda's pattern for all three so far.

One colour change Wrapped twice around the neck

The first scarf was made in worsted weight acrylic, casting on 150 stitches on size 5mm needles. The pattern is knit 3 rows, then on the 4th row wrap yarn around needle twice and knit the stitch, producing a garter stitch with a drop row. I only changed colour once in this scarf.

I cycle everywhere, and I wanted a nice close scarf to sit inside the neck of my jacket and have no gap for the wind when cycling fast. Version two of the scarf is in a soft double knit yarn I've had for years, with alpaca in I think. There are 80 stitches on 4 mm needles, worked in 2 by 2 rib. This scarf sits very close to the neck, and is quite tight to pull on. I started with brown in the centre, then did stripes in beige, brown, beige and brown. I wish the scarf were just a little bit wider, but that wouldn't work with the colour pattern I'd used. Four stripes

Three stripes And so on to attempt three, in the same yarn as the second. This is the scarf I'm knitting in the video. This time there were 160 stitches cast on 4mm needles, again worked in 2 by 2 rib. Each stripe has more rows in, so that even though there are 4 stripes instead of 5 the whole scarf is wider. This one I am pleased with, it should fill in the gap in a loose jacket or coat really well.

Thanks to Yusuf for being the only one of my friends and family willing to act as a model!

A Möbius strip or Möbius band is a surface with only one side and one edge. It has very interesting mathematical properties, but unlike many mathematically interesting objects it is possible to make a three dimensional model of it. The easiest way to make a model is take a strip of paper, put a half twist in it, then join the ends. Try cutting this in half down the centre of the strip parallel to the edge and see what happens. Find out about Möbius strips at Wikipedia.