Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crocheting a Moebius: February 11 Meeting Preview

A moebius is not an ordinary circular scarf.  It is created by twisting one end of the starting chain 180 degrees before joining into a circle.  That twist allows you to create a scarf that has two identical edges and grows upward and downward at the same time.

This class will explore ways to determine how long to make your starting chain.  It will teach you a new way of making a foundation chain, a way that will improve your chances of making the chain (and moebius) exactly as long as you want and need it to be.  For more information on the moebius project, check out this earlier post on this blog.  A pattern will be distributed at the meeting, along with detailed directions for making a foundation double crochet lattice.

We will be making several swatches.  Although you are free to use your project yarn for this class, I would suggest using any worsted weight yarn that provides good stitch definition for the swatches.  It need not be self-striping, but if it is, you’ll see how length of garment affects the colorway.  Foundation chains can be tricky to learn and lead to a lot of frogging; this particular chain might be more difficult than an ordinary foundation double crochet (fdc).  Making a smaller version of your desired moebius will allow you to learn the stitch, do the twist, and see how the garment grows.

I used 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden (an Aran weight self-striping yarn, 110 yards to a skein) for my short moebius (circumference 48 inches).  For the longer, wider moebius (circumference 54 inches), I used about 1.33 skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock (a sport weight self-striping yarn, 328 yard to a skein), but could have gotten by easily with a single skein.

Materials you'll need for this class:
  • At least 100 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Size H hook or hook size of your preference (gauge not important in this garment)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scotch tape or some dressmakers pins
  • Tape measure
  • Knit/crochet gauge - optional (easier to work with than tape measure for swatches)
  • Note pad

We will meet at 2:30 PM in our new meeting space at Prospect Park United Methodist Church.  If the front door is locked and the time near 2:30, use the handicapped entrance found to the north (uphill) of the main entrance.

The first order of business will be the election of officers.  Please give some thought of serving as an officer or nominate someone.  If we have multiple candidates for any position, we will have a secret ballot.  Otherwise, election will be by acclamation.  The second order of business will be show and tell.  If you have made a moebius before, we'd like to see it and hear and tips you might want to share.